Adoption of the plan is scheduled for March 26, 2013, at the RDN Board Meeting. Both of these meetings are open to the public.
March 26 - 7pm
Regional Board Adopts the Plan
Regional District of Nanaimo Board Chambers
6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo
A Board Value in the 2013-2015
Strategic Plan is Show Fiscal Restraint.
This means that through the annual budget cycle, Directors will
ensure prudent use of taxpayer dollars, focusing on delivering the
services expected by residents as efficiently as possible.
By dedicating its efforts and financial planning to these four
priority areas, and maintaining a commitment to its core
values, the Board is building a diverse, resilient region where all
residents can access nature, find comfort and pursue opportunity.
Following is a summary of goals
The RDN Boardâ€™s strategic priorities for 2013-2015 reflect an
evolution from a focus on sustainability to one of regional
resilience. Integral to these strategic priorities are the concepts
of taking responsibility for our own success, adapting to change,
planning to meet long-term needs, and monitoring our progress
as we strive to reach our goals. Key to this are continued support
for our two new Economic Development functions (one funded
in the North and one funded in the South) and the participation
of Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Lantzville in the
Drinking Water/Watershed Protection (DWWP) function.
Municipal participation in DWWP strengthens this service which
plays an increasingly important role in the areas of research and
awareness about water resources in the Regional District.
As signatories to the Climate Action Charter, the RDN and all
member municipalities committed to achieving carbon neutral
operations for 2012 and beyond.
Since 2011, the RDN and the member municipalities have
successfully implemented region-wide curbside collection and
diversion of household organic waste. Working together, this
program has kept almost 10,000 tonnes of food waste out of the
regional landfill, eliminating thousands of tonnes of greenhouse
As a result, the commitment to achieve carbon neutral operations
has been met for the RDN, the District of Lantzville, the City of
Parksville and the Town of Qualicum Beach. The City of Nanaimo
has also made considerable progress, neutralizing over 3,000
tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
A first draft of the Cedar Main Street Village Plan is now
complete and available for public review. This Draft Plan is a
work in progress and is based on the results of the community
design charrette held in 2012. Community consultation for this
important Village Plan will continue throughout 2013. Residents
of the area are encouraged to watch for upcoming meeting dates
and other opportunities to participate in the planning process,
and/or to review the draft and submit comments by email to
Work is continuing on the Affordable Housing Action Plan.
Meeting regional housing needs requires an integrated and
collaborative approach including other levels of government
(Federal, Provincial and First Nations) and the numerous
non-profits currently working to address housing issues in the
RDN. As part of this process, we have updated the Affordable
Housing section of the RDN website to make it easier for those
seeking suitable housing to find the resources they need. To view
this section of the website, visit www.rdnhousing.ca. The web
pages are a work in progress and will be updated as new ideas and information are brought forward.
Another key Strategic and Community Development initiative
is the Alternative Forms of Rural Development project. A
study completed in 2012 provides a selection of options for
rural residential development for the RDNâ€™s electoral area
communities to consider. These options, if implemented, will
provide land owners and developers with more choices for rural
residential development that is intended to result in less rural
sprawl, reduce fragmentation of ecological systems and maintain
important rural viewscapes. The options from the Alternative
Forms of Rural Development project will now be used to inform
future changes to official community plans to support alternate
approaches to development.
The Regional District is proud to have completed its second
year of food waste collection in the regionâ€™s Electoral Areas and
the municipalities of Lantzville, Parksville and Qualicum Beach.
Collection of food waste is helping the Regional District of
Nanaimo meet its target of 70 per cent diversion of waste from
the Regional Landfill. This year the department will expand the
commercial food waste ban to include front-of-operation food
waste collection systems at fast food restaurants and cafeterias.
The oldest part of the Regional Landfill will eventually become
a public nature park, the first of its kind on a working landfill in
BC. The first phase is scheduled for construction this year and is
expected to be complete in the fall of 2013.
The Nanoose Bay peninsula and French Creek portions of the
Regional District share in the costs of developing a bulk water
system. The City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach, the
Nanoose Bay peninsula and French Creek cost-shared in the
construction of a dam on Mt. Arrowsmith in the late 1990â€™s. In
2011 the Englishman River Water Service (ERWS) joint venture
was established between the City of Parksville and the Regional
District areas. The costs of building a new water intake and
bulk water treatment plant on the Englishman River will be
shared, with Parksville contributing 74 per cent and the RDN
contributing 26 per cent. The joint venture recently received
an Innovations Gas Tax program grant to provide $1.3
million to help with the costs of detailed design work on an
aquifer storage and recovery system.
If successful the underground storage of river water during
high winter flow periods will reduce the size of the future
treatment plant and provide further stability to flows for
fisheries on the Englishman River. The estimated cost of the
intake, water treatment plant and aquifer storage project in
todayâ€™s dollars is $37.5 million with a projected completion
date of 2016.
Important changes occurred this year in the Drinking
Water & Watershed Protection service. The service was
established in 2008 and received funding from the Regionâ€™s
seven Electoral Areas. In 2012 the City of Nanaimo, District
of Lantzville, City of Parksville and the Town of Qualicum
Beach also began to contribute to the service. Over time,
parcel tax rates for all areas will level out at $8 per property.
An update of the Liquid Waste Management Plan will be
completed in 2013. In this master document the Nanaimo
wastewater treatment plant is scheduled for upgrading to
secondary treatment as mandated by the Province commencing
in 2016. The project is estimated at $61 million and will be
financed by a combination of development cost charges and
long term debt.
The Regional Districtâ€™s two recreation facilities, Oceanside Place
Multiplex/Arena in Parksville and the Ravensong Aquatic Centre
in Qualicum Beach are well used by residents in District 69.
There were 21,000 admissions to skating sessions at Oceanside
Place in 2012 in addition to ice and dry floor rentals, while
Ravensong Aquatic Centre welcomed almost 90,000 members of
the public to swim sessions and achieved very healthy enrolment
in the many swimming lessons and programs at the facility.
A milestone is approaching with the 10-year Anniversary of
Oceanside Place this Fall. Watch for special events and programs
in celebration of this community facility.
In 2013 the Department will continue to work on integrated
health initiatives in District 69 with the Vancouver Island
Health Authority. Also in District 69 the implementation of
recommendations from the Youth Strategic Plan (2011-2015)
will continue, including the creation of a new interactive youth
social media website which will be youth-friendly in design and
The RDN manages a total of 12 regional parks covering 2,061
hectares, as well as 180 Electoral Area Community Parks
covering 589 hectares. In January 2013 the RDN Board approved
Regional Park Management Plans for Moorecroft Regional Park
and Little Qualicum River Regional Park. In 2013 the focus at
Moorecroft will be to remove the remaining unsafe buildings at
the site, begin upgrades to Kennedy Hall and remove invasive
plant species from the park.
Park plans underway for 2013 include the Community Parks
and Trails Strategy for Electoral Areas E,F, G and H and the
development of a management plan for Benson Creek Falls
Regional Park, home of the popular Ammonite Falls.
In the Electoral Area Community Park System, three
comprehensive park developments are underway this year,
improvements to Henry Morgan Community Park near Bowser in
Electoral Area H, improvements to Meadowood Way Community
Park in Electoral Area F and construction of the Cedar
Skateboard and Bike Park in Electoral Area A, adjacent to Cedar
Secondary Community School.