A little framing first: We in the South End are absolutely ecstatic about our shiny new neighbourhood plan. Yes, it’s ambitious…over 100 action items. Capable Chris Sholberg and his team led us through the planning process, which they made very clear and easy. And we want to work with the city to help execute it. But the process toward that isn’t so clear. So the question we asked was:
2. The South End recently completed its Official Neighbourhood Plan. How do you see Council’s role in supporting its implementation?
Candidates for Mayor
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Wow – Good document – I was aware of it and of some of the general reasons for neighbourhood plans. I reviewed this. I don’t know how to exactly address your question. I picked out a few things that jumped out at me. I hope that tells you more about me and what my intentions might be with respect to the Plan.
The Snuneymuxw, a Coast Salish people, have lived on the Nanaimo Harbour for thousands of years.
The South End’s industrial heritage is the city’s most significant. At the time of its closure in 1938, the No. 1 Mine, located at the foot of Milton Street, was the oldest operating coal mine in British Columbia. Over 18 million tons of coal had been removed from beneath Nanaimo’s Harbour. During its 55 years of operation, the mine was the city’s biggest employer.
5.4 Social Enrichment and Culture
Communication and Partnerships
12 Increased communication between the City, the neighbourhood, School District #68 and the Snuneymuxw First Nation for purposes of communication and partnership on servicing, security, community building, planning and arts / culture initiatives is encouraged.
5.5 Environmental Protection and Enhancement
Sustainable Building Technologies
8 Development of the Assembly Wharf / CP Lands as a model sustainable, green neighbourhood in a manner similar to Vancouver’s Southeast False Creek or Victoria’s Dockside Green is encouraged.
The 9 pages (approaching 100 items) of Section 7.3 Implementation Strategy are specific & measurable. They are designed to be tracked and reviewed.
I need guidance on this whole thing – it’s been a particularly good question. I am from the other end of town, so forgive me if I take some time to get up to speed on all areas. If elected Mayor, I will devote time to this and probably go along with what is clearly a well thought out and seasoned approach. I see no reason now to do anything other that is for sure. I support the OCP sincerely, this is part of that so I support it too.
The question that I feel obliged to ask is “How do you want me to see councils role with it? Get more involved, stay away. How has it been going?
I congratulate the South End for the successful completion of their “Official Community Plan”. I want to see the City of Nanaimo work collaboratively with the residents of the South End to assist them in meeting their goals. The City has great respect for those resident associations who see the need for change and are prepared to work with us on developing a strategy for success.
Candidates for Council
I believe that it is councils responsibility to work with south end to make sure the plan comes to realization. There needs to be open communication and transparency about the plan, and making sure that there is a timeline in order for it to be achieved.
It is imperative Council continue to build relationship and support the SECA in advancing its priorities and initiatives. Through policy implementation and cooperation with the stakeholders businesses and residents continue to reach agreement and consensus on residential development and imrovements.
City Council should use this plan as an important tool in creating mid-term goals for the city as a whole. It should be supported in every way, UNLESS any particular part is not in the best interests of the community as a whole.
By following the January 2011 implementation plan for short, medium, and long term actions.
By keeping a careful eye on the city’s budget to ensure funds available for implementation; and
By maintaining a reasonable relationship with the planning department and with the mayor and council.
I have read your comprehensive community plan. As a councilor I would most certainly vote on all facets of green transportation. My hot rod bike is the way I personally get around. I love it and plan to never again own a car. Another reason I can live within my means. Safe cycling is the way of the future and I don’t mean share the road with the car.
I would encourage many more small business’s bringing more vibrancy and self sufficiency to your area. Growing organic local food big big time as the most important economic development is my no. one platform so grow grow grow!!!
Council must take active participation in working to implement all neighbourhood plans. It can do this through ongoing communication with neighbourhood groups and encouraging staff participation with these groups as well. Items in the plan are comprised of those the Neighbourhood can accomplish, those Neighbourhood and City work on together and those that are largely the responsibility of the City. Ongoing communication will be key to their implementation.
The first way of supporting the Plan is to become informed about it and its Ten Guiding Principles. I know there is an extensive Implementation Strategy and as stated “The Strategy identifies actions, timing and responsibilities of the City….” So, if the City supports the Neighbourhood Plan it will encourage its implementation with its actions at the Committee and Council level.
City Council must maintain open communication with SECA throughout the entire range of implementation from immediate to ongoing. Council, along with city planners should be supportive to help ensure that the projects in progress are moving forward as anticipated. They should always be mindful that the implementation is in line with the Official Community Plan and other community projects ensuring connectivity, and that consultation is ongoing.
Council members should take an active role in attending SECA meetings (when possible) and perhaps carry out an annual review with the neighbourhood to maintain interest, keep up to speed with accomplishments and be supportive of actions that still need to be identified.
Neighbourhood plans are the fundimental bases for our official community plan. Supporting the visions of the community process by the development of policy using Bylay 4500 as an example.
I was the Mayor that got all our work in Plan Nanaimo actually adopted as Nanaimo’s Official Community Plan in 1993. It gave for the first time special significance to Neighbourhood Plans. I was particularly gratified to see the diligence and public participation your neighbourhood undertook in developing your Neighbourhood Plan. Council is to be guided by that component within the context of the whole bylaw. As always, elected officials must represent the greater good of the whole community over special or local interests if there is a conflict of direction or guidance.
The ONP fits nicely and complimentary into the present global OCP. As we move into an inclusive Visioning process and formulation of the look, feel and flavour of the Nanaimo of the future that the people of Nanaimo want to see – then these plans ONP and OCP will be critical in the revision of each to reflect the Visioning outcomes and subsequent implementation plan, schedule and budgeting.
The South End has been very proactive for a good number of years. The citizens have worked hard to build a better South End and we have! I will work with the South End, and support it’s implementation, within the guidelines of our OCP. Neighbourhood Associations play a vital role in our city. I would like to see all neighbourhoods throughout our city form associations, as the building blocks for our vision for the future. When I was a School Trustee, each trustee was assigned a set of schools to be the official Trustee Liason. We could have a similar program with Councillors.
We spend enormous amount of time on our official Neighbourhood Community Plans. After they have been completed, at present we don’t have proper process to implement these plans.
We need to be more assertive in bringing these neighbourhood plans to be successful. When I am elected I want to work with neighhourhoods and city staff on setting a program to have these plans implemented.
As I stated in the March by-election, it will be Council’s role to provide an environment that will be welcoming to private capital. A small local developer who is building in our area, and who has dealt with many cities in past stated that Nanaimo is one of the WORST communities he has ever had to work with in an effort to move one of his projects forward. We need to welcome investment, work with the neighbourhoods to ensure the type of development is appropriate, and move the projects along as quickly as possible.
Communication between Council and Nanaimo neighbourhood associations, such as SECA, is key. Nanaimo City Council needs to incorporate Neighbourhood Plans into the Official Community Plan so it has the full support it deserves.
It was a great source of satisfaction for me to have been able to help facilitate the South End’s Neighbourhood Plan. Our Official Community Plan speaks of these plans as ” building blocks of our municipal society” and I fully agree with that description. Council’s role in implementing this plan has many aspects and varies from assisting to maintain the character and livability of your neighbourhood to providing access to neighbourhood service levels to increasing housing choices and a host of other objectives in between………
The South End Community Plan will be transformational. I believe that neighbourhood plans form an integral part of the Official Community Plan. It is not practical for any one City Councillor to fully grasp all the concerns of every neighbourhood and Neighbourhood Plans can facilitate the decision-making process for City Council.
As a city Councillor I would push to bring this Plan forward as expediently as possible to help the South End move ahead as a distinct community in Nanaimo. The potential of the South End to become one of the most vibrant parts of Nanaimo is incredible.
Council should work closely with the South End residents to assure that when they make decisions around land use it is within the communities desires and also enhances the vision of the city as a whole.