Community News- Nanaimo

New Zoning By-laws for Nanaimo

Published By: on August 11th, 2011 in Category Community News- Nanaimo, Nanaimo Real Estate News

On Monday, August 8/11 Nanaimo’s new zoning by-laws were passed by our city council. These new by-laws are meant to move us towards the Official Community Plan (OCP) that was adopted in 2008. You can read the OCP for yourself on the City of Nanaimo’s website: http://www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/departments/Community-Planning/OfficialCommunityPlan.html

Nanaimo’s Official Community Plan has 7 Goals:

1. Manage Urban Growth

2. Build a More Sustainable Community

3. Encourage Social Enrichment

4. Promote a Thriving Economy

5.  Protect and Enhance our Environment

6.  Improve Mobility and Servicing

7. Work Towards a Sustainable Nanaimo

The changes are meant to allow higher density residential areas (thus greener) with “Urban Nodes”, creating more pedestrian friendly communities centers. Changes include:

– Allowing “coach house or Laneway housing” on lots a minimum of 8,000 sq. ft. (down from 10,000)

– Permitting front porches to encroach on building setback zones.

– Creating “Commercial Corridors” along major thoroughfares such as Bowen Road, with medium density, a building height minimum of 2 stories, buildings pushed forward towards the street and parking in the back.

– Creating “Urban Nodes” which will have the highest density and a mix of commercial and residential uses.

Although these regulation changes will become effective immediately, there will be amendments to come as needed and requested by the public.

Let’s hope that these changes will indeed bring us friendlier and more sustainable neighbourhoods within our beautiful city.

WoooWhoo! Nanaimo Ranked #5 Micro-city in the Americas!

Published By: on May 3rd, 2011 in Category Community News- Nanaimo

Nanaimo has a bright future according to a report released by fDi Magazine, owned by the Financial Times, on cities of the future.

Nanaimo placed fifth on a list of the “top 10 micro cities” for the quality of life, as determined by statistics such as life expectancy at birth, hospital beds per 1,000 people, household income and the crime rate.

Nanaimo’s Airport: Things are Looking Up!

Published By: on March 16th, 2011 in Category Community News- Nanaimo

At our Remax sales meeting on Tuesday, Mike Hooper, CEO of the Nanaimo Airport told us that the future is looking good for our local airport. The upgrades to the runway and the navigational equipment has vastly improved the reliability of winter flights arriving at Nanaimo’s airport. We no longer need to travel to Comox, Victoria or Vancouver to begin or end our journeys. Mike expects that within 6 months we will see direct flights from Nanaimo to Bellingham, connecting with great deals available from that airport. He also expects that within 12 months we will be able to fly from Nanaimo to Calgary, again connecting with a great number of great routes without going through Vancouver. Yippee! Many of us are waiting for those charters from Nanaimo to Puerto Vallarta – hey, it could happen!

Bon Voyage!