Transit-Oriented Areas

Bill 47 – Housing Statutes (Transit Oriented Areas) Amendment Act is intended to establish transit-supported densities adjacent to transit stations. These areas are referred to as Transit Oriented Areas (TOAs) and are designated around prescribed transit stations to help achieve the goals of transit oriented development. The goals include a diversity of housing types, a wide range of employment opportunities, amenities, and services within a 15- to 20-minute walk. 

TOA Regulation 674 identifies three bus exchanges in Nanaimo: Woodgrove, Country Club, and Vancouver Island University (VIU). Lands within a 400-meter radius of the centre point of the bus exchange, are subject to the following minimum densities, heights, and off-street parking requirements as shown in table below.  

Click the links below to view maps of the lands subject to the TOA Legislation:

The Province is requiring local governments to adopt the new TOA legislation by June 30, 2024. For more information on  what this means for Nanaimo, refer to the March 25, 2024 GPC | Agenda | Transit-Oriented Areas Staff Report.

Next Steps

Staff have reviewed the TOA legislation and will be presenting the findings at the March 25th, 2024 Governance and Priorities Committee meeting. Click on the “Progress’ tab below to view the report.  


A TOA Bylaw and amendments to the Parking Bylaw are proposed to be brought forward for consideration in May 2024. This will allow consideration of adoption ahead of the June 30th, 2024 Provincial required deadline.

Stay Up-To-Date

As the City works through the changes needed to comply with this initiative, we want to ensure Nanaimo residents and businesses are aware of the related impacts and how they will affect our community. Information on the upcoming changes and updates will be communicated to the community both in digital and print formats. These include: the City's website, social media platforms, e-notifications (e.g. My Nanaimo This Week), press releases, online information sessions, handout and tax notice newsletter. Stay tuned!

Still Have Questions?

Provincial information on TOAs can be found here as well as under the “Document” tab below. Questions about TOAs can be directed to the B.C. Planning and Land Use Management Branch email:

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