Adoption of the plan is scheduled for March 25, 2014, at the RDN Board Meeting. Both of these meetings are open to the public.
March 25th at 7pm
Regional District of Nanaimo Board Adopts the Plan
Regional District of Nanaimo Board Chambers
6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo
Following is a summary of goals that the Board has already
attained or will continue to work towards in 2014.
The RDN Board's strategic priorities for 2013 to 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.
In 2014, our Economic Development services will continue
to provide funds to support efforts across the region to
emphasize our community's attractiveness to all types of
commercial enterprises. Electoral Areas A, B and C will
continue to contribute to the City of Nanaimo's Economic
Development Corporation, while in District 69, distribution of
funds are overseen by a Board committee comprised of the
representatives for Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Electoral
Areas E, F, G and H.
Two major studies were completed in 2013, a study on the
viability of the RDN's Rural Village Centres and an Industrial
Land Supply and Demand Study. Work was also initiated on
a RGS Monitoring project that involves the setting of targets
and identification of indicators. Monitoring progress is part
of being â€śaccountable for our decisions and actionsâ€ť, one of
the sustainability principles that the RGS is founded on. The
Board has approved a Terms of Reference for the project
which for 2014 will include confirmation of proposed targets
and indicators before finalizing the monitoring program.
With assistance from the Agricultural Advisory Committee,
Planning staff conducted an assessment of the Agricultural
Area Plan to identify which of the dozens of recommendations
could be implemented within the next few years. In 2014
Planning staff will be focusing on education and awareness
activities, an assessment of RDN bylaws and policies,
and other actions that may arise out of meetings with
Following a comprehensive community engagement process,
the Regional District of Nanaimo Board adopted the Cedar
Main Street Village Plan at its regular meeting held September
24, 2013. The Plan includes policies and guidelines applicable
to land use, community design, transportation and mobility,
parks and recreation, and servicing. It also identifies desirable
improvements within the community.
Following the completion of a background study on secondary
suites as a form of housing in the RDN's Electoral Areas
A, C, E, F, G and H, the RDN Board approved a Secondary
Suites Consultation Plan at its May 28th, 2013 meeting.
Bylaw amendments were drafted and are now available for
community comment. Please see www.rdnsecondarysuites.ca
for more information and upcoming events.
With BC Transit support, the Regional District is adding 25
brand new Compressed Natural Gas buses to its fleet in the
beginning of March. These buses use a cheaper fuel source,
reduce greenhouse gas production, and will reduce overall
noise caused by transit throughout the region.
The Regional District is proud to have completed its third
year of food waste collection in the region'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 Regional Solid
Waste Management Plan Phase 1, a review of the current
waste management system, was completed in 2013. The
first quarter of 2014 will see initiation of Phases 2 and 3 of
the Waste Management Plan update which is a selection of
the preferred waste management options and defining an
implementation schedule for the service. The Regional Solid
Waste Advisory Committee will play a key role in the process
and will ensure that public consultation is adequate.
The estimated costs of the intake, water treatment plant
and aquifer storage project in today's dollars is $37.5 million,
with a projected completion date of 2016. A comprehensive
public engagement process will be carried out in 2014 leading
up to a referendum on the project in the fall.
An amendment to the RDN Liquid Waste Management Plan
will be submitted to the Environment Minister for approval
in 2014. In the amended Plan, the RDN proposes to upgrade
the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre to secondary
treatment by 2018 at a cost of $61 million, and the Nanoose
Bay Pollution Control Centre to secondary treatment by 2023
at a cost of $4.1 million. The RDN is also undertaking an $18
million replacement of the marine outfall for completion by
2015. The capital projects will be financed by a combination
of development cost charges, general reserves and long term
The RDN pursues grant funding when grant programs
are available. To date, the RDN has received $2 million in
funding under the Gas Tax program towards replacement of
the outfall. The RDN will continue to pursue federal and
provincial grant options to fund capital projects.
The Regional District's two recreation facilities, Oceanside
Place Multiplex/Arena in Parksville and Ravensong Aquatic
Centre in Qualicum Beach are well used by residents in
District 69. In 2013 there were 22,000 admissions to skating
sessions at Oceanside Place in addition to 5,000 hours of ice
and dry floor rentals. Ravensong Aquatic Centre welcomed
close to 89,000 members of the public to swim sessions,
and over 2,600 registrants enrolled in swimming lessons and
programs at the facility. Over 4,600 participants registered for
programs such as summer camps, afterschool programs, adult
fit programs and skating lessons. This activity level translates
to close to 58,000 visits by residents.
In 2014 the Department will continue to work on integrated
health initiatives and the creation and promotion of programs
and events that align with Active Aging, Canadian Physical
Activity and Sport 4 Life guidelines and community needs/
interests. Initiatives in asset management and recreation
facility sustainability will be a focus in 2014 as well. The 2014
Spring/Summer Active Living Guide will be out in March.
The RDN manages a total of 12 regional parks covering 2,082
hectares, as well as 185 Electoral Area Community Parks
covering over 600 hectares.
In January 2013 the RDN Board approved a Regional Park
Management Plan for Moorecroft Regional Park, and removed
19 unsafe buildings. The sites were restored with over 1,000
native plants, with help from volunteers.
Park plans that were under development in 2013 included the
Community Parks and Trails Strategy for Electoral Areas E, F, G
and H and a management plan for Benson Creek Falls Regional
Park, home of the popular Ammonite Falls.
On the Regional Trail front, great strides will be made in the
development of the E&N Rail Trail. Thanks to $2.6 million
from the federal Gas Tax Fund, design and engineering work
will commence in 2014 for 10 kilometres of trail that will link
Parksville to French Creek on the Victoria Line, and Parksville
to Coombs on the Alberni Line.
In the Electoral Area Community Park System, Henry Morgan
Community Park in Electoral Area H officially opened in
the Fall of 2013, and the Cedar Skatepark in Electoral Area
A opened for use in February with the official opening
ceremony to take place this spring. In 2014 the development
of Meadowood Community Park in Electoral Area F will take
place, and, through Community Works funding, the detailed
design of roadside trails in Electoral Area B, C and G will begin.