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AGENDA

  1. Introductions
  2. Financial Report
  3. Community Safety
  4. Harbour View Development – Frank Basciano/Mike Leung
  5. MyStreet Update – Nicol St Pop-up Festival Sept 20, 2015
  6. David Livingston Food Forest
  7. Picnic Update
  8. Other Business

1. Introductions

2. Financial Report

3. Community Safety: Concerns were expressed regarding use of the washrooms at Deverill Park by sex-trade workers.  We are advised to call Richard Harding of City to flag this issue.

    • the possibility of placing a Park Ambassador at Deverill was again raised.

Dave Laberge reports that transitory drug use in the area surrounding the park, 7/11 and McDonalds continues.  Free WiFi and electrical outlets at those establishments draw this element to the area.  Although this is not as big an issue as in previous years, it is thought a Sharps Box in the park would reduce the danger from discarded needles.  He also noted that there have been recent issues on some blocks of Haliburton and View streets.

The recently opened facility at Uplands has taken 32 people off the street, and a facility at Boundary will open in the fall.

4. Harbourview DevelopmentFrank Basciano attended to inform the Community of the scope of their planned development of the R8-zoned area at the end of Strickland Street.  Zoning allows for 21-30 units per acre with a total of approx. 55 lots.  The Community is assured that they do not intend to maximize allotments at this time.  They plan 2 Apartment lots with 20-30 units per lot and consider small lot sizes more desirable.  They also plan a 20 metre R.O.W.  to give access to Green Space.

Michael Leung spoke to Traffic issues around the development.  A July, 2014 traffic study counted 38 cars per hour on average with 40 vehicles per hour projected during peak hours.  This is well under the 1 vehicle per minute capacity meeting City metrics for capacity and safety.  He indicated that vegetation at the Southview and Harbourview corners might be required to provide sightlines for traffic.

After development, traffic is projected to be approx. 72 round trips per hour during peak hours (4-5 per minute).  At present, there are no streets cited as comparators for traffic density.

David from City indicates that planning is in the early stages and that a public hearing will be held on the proposed development.  The Street Plan has been finalized but the Site Plan can be changed and Community Feedback is welcomed.

It is acknowledged that the land is well-used by walkers and cyclists.  The safety of pedestrians is being addressed and the current 16.5 width of Strickland near the site was flagged as a concern of residents.  It is noted that the current 20′ width on the rest of Strickland helps with parking on-street.

At this time, an intermission was called and our guests were thanked for their presentation prior to their departure.

Further Discussion:
In discussion, questions of density were met with mixed opinions, some for and some against.  The question was raised as to whether R7 zoning would also be requested to allow for row housing on the site.  It was suggested also that a letter be drafted requesting the restriction of R8 rezoning at the site to allow for only 2 apartment lots of 20 units each.

It was also noted that other development is taking place in the area, notably the re-purposing of the Five Acres building as an Islamic Cultural Centre.

5. MyStreet Update – Nicol St Pop-up Festival Sept 20, 2015: Sidney updated us on the progress of this initiative.  They plan to enhance a 2 block area of Nicol Street to demonstrate the potential for a thriving High Street.  They are going to paint the large grey building and are talking to the Province regarding traffic-calming street features.  They are also almost ready to hand out applications for Vendors and Darren Moss of the DNBA is involved in the process.  The demonstration is scheduled for September 20th.

SECA involvement was discussed and assistance with pre-event painting, steps and railings was discussed as well; the possibility of including a Community Space was put forward.

6. Picnic: Preparations are well in hand and the list of volunteers is growing.  The following developments were noted:

    • Women of the Moose are not able to volunteer this year, but have donated $500 to the Picnic.
    • Table rentals will arrive at the Park at 7:30 and volunteers will be needed.
    • Announcements were submitted to Shaw and Harbour Living to advertise the event.
    • The Executive will address a possible change in location of the Port-a-Potty at their next meeting prior to the Picnic.
    • Seniors will be invited for 2 pm Laura Ramsey Tea
    • Chris Scholberg has agreed to conduct a Heritage Walk
    • Maggie will organize the Pet Parade

7. Community Food Forest: Some concerns are being expressed regarding the name of the Food Forest.  It was suggested that David’s first name be dropped from the title and it be known as the “Livingston Food Forest” to accommodate concerns that Samaritan House clients would be offended by including a male name in the title.

Irrigation lines are now installed at the site and water tanks need to be filled.

Pat will look into the possibility of constructing the site sign using wood SECA purchased from the old Mill on Milton Street.

8. Park Structures/Games: Thomas M. Raised the possibility of approaching City to provide recreational additions to the Park in the form of a concrete ping-pong table, chess board, stools or the like.  He has seen these well-used in parks he has visited in Asia.

The question of a paid Park Ambassador was again raised.

9. E&N Trail continuation: The City has created a Questionnaire online regarding the possible Bike Trail along the rail line.  Access it at  www.nanaimo.ca/goto/enrailtrail.com

Adjourned.

Click following link for printable pdf: heritage-picnic-2015Heritage Picnic 2015

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SAVE THE DATE!

What are your ideas, dreams and aspirations for furthering cultural vitality in Nanaimo?  Drop by and meet with
Nanaimo’s creative sector, share your awesome ideas on the culture SPLAT board, and enjoy some treats!   

What:  Culture SPLAT!

When:  Wednesday, June 24, 2015  –  Drop in 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Where:  Nanaimo Museum (100 Museum Way)

Why:  Hang out with Nanaimo’s creative sector and share your ideas on the culture SPLAT board!

Please share this invitation with your friends and networks and stay tuned for more details . . .

CITY OF NANAIMO
CULTURE AND HERITAGE DEPARTMENT
Phone: 250-755-4483
Email: cultureandheritage@nanaimo.ca
Office: Service & Resource Centre, 411 Dunsmuir Street
Mailing: 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo BC, V9R 5J6

CULTURE & HERITAGE. It’s who we are.

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Agenda:

  1. Introductions
  2. Presentation – Friends of the South End
  3. Development Presentation – Strickland St./Haliburton St.
  4. Nicol Street – Block Builders
  5. Constitution
  6. South Downtown Waterfront
  7. Picnic
  8. Mad Hatter’s Tea
  9. Neighbourhood House
  10. Samaritan House
  11. Columbia Street ROW
  12. Nob Hill Garage Sale
  13. Financial Report

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1. Introductions :)

2. Presentation – Friends of the South End: Principal D. McGonigal of Bayview Elementary was presented with a ‘Friend of the South End’ citation in recognition of her commitment to the Community and her focus on integrating the school within the South End.

3. Development Presentation – Strickland St./Haliburton St: F. Basciano, Consultant, attended on behalf of Owner, H. Hopper to inform the Community of current development plans being considered by City.

A 4-­Plex proposed for Haliburton Street is in the Development Permit process.

A Strickland Street/Harbourview multi-­use single-­family/townhouse proposal is in the final Development phase. Current R8 zoning of this property allows for 300 units but the Developer intends less density, proposing a maximum of 60 lots, mixed housing consisting of single-­family dwellings, townhouse and condominiums. Mr. Basciano informs that they are doing a traffic report to assess the impact on existing residents. Estimates are that the current traffic count during peak hours for Strickland/Ranier Streets are: East – 24/hr, North – 12/hr, and South – 22/hr. They anticipate their development will generate 40-­50 more vehicles at peak hours. A more accurate report will be given when the survey is complete. He indicated that intentions are to keep development to the middle of the property, preserve the natural rock wall feature and to save as much of the natural vegetation as possible.

In discussion questions were raised about the increased traffic, sidewalks, preservation of parkland, services routing along Strickland and density of traffic on Strickland.

Responding, Basciano indicated that they are giving 25% back to parkland though 5% is the minimum requirement.

4. Nicol Street – Block Builders: S. Robertson, J. Carruthers, P. James and Michela Chan are spearheading an initiative to demonstrate an alternate vision for the Nicol Street corridor by holding a ‘Block Building Event’ on Sunday, September 20th. This event will show possibilities for improvement of the section of Nicol St., south of the junction with Victoria. The Neighbourhood Plan calls for curb lanes and cross­walks in this area.

The group wants to demonstrate possibilities for enhancing the appearance of old, vacant store fronts, provide plantings, and generally create the Nicol Street envisaged in the South End Plan.

They gauged support from business, the D.N.B.I., Start­up Nanaimo and the Chamber of Commerce.

5. Constitution: K. Hazel and K. Torjhelm have completed the final edit of our revised Constitution. They have added a preamble outlining the non-­political stance of the Association and it’s interest only in matters directly affecting the South End Neighbourhood. It also clarifies that only the Chairperson can speak for the Association. There will be a formal vote by Membership at December’s AGM to ratify the new Constitution.

6. Picnic: Preparations are underway for the 23rd Annual Miner’s Heritage Picnic on June 20th. There is currently about $4,000 in the fund. G. Fuller will do Hot Dog sales.

7. Mad Hatter’s Tea: 2016 will be the next event.

8. Neighbourhood House: The Committee is developing a Survey for the South End Community to determine their thoughts and desires around a dedicated neighbourhood space.

The Nanaimo Arts Council has approached the Committee to discuss the potential of working together out of a mid-neighrbouhdood building purchase. A viewing of the old Island Treasures Building included some members although other buildings are being considered.

Also being considered is the possibility of using Bayview Elementary on Thursday evenings as a testing event for interest and participation to host community interests/activities/workshops.

9. Community Safety: Problems are ongoing at the 7/11 and activity at night is of particular concern. SECA and Nob Hill representatives have previously met with RCMP re: 711 and surrounding businesses. 7-11 owner is aware and working to make improvements.

10. Food Forest Workparty: There will be a workparty on Friday afternoon, May 29 at 3pm at the Food Forest site behind the Samaritan House. A specific blog post and Facebook invite will be posted soon.

The goal: Irrigation. Volunteers welcome.
Also, M. Geselbrecht informs us that there is interest in planting a Food Forest on a city ROW on Columbia St.

11. Nob Hill Garage Sale: A Neighbourhood Garage Sale is being held by the Nob Hill Association. Get your bargains at Prideaux & Hecate on Saturday, May 23. 11am-2pm. Giant Freezie table and face painting will also be available!

12. Financial Report: The Treasurer reports $1,995.09 in the General Account and $4,141.87 in the Picnic Account.

Adjourned

MSt long

Our SECA Constitution has been under review and is now accessible for final edits and eventually approval. It is a mere 5 pages and hope you will look through and give us your comment. Printed copies will be available at our general meetings.
See SECA’s revised DRAFT Constitution here: DraftBylaws15

See the original file here: Nicol Street Corridor

May 1, 2015

Dear Mayor and Council

I am writing on behalf of the South End Community Association to express our strong support for recent comments in the press by our Mayor regarding the Nicol St / Terminal Avenue corridor.  We agree with the view that this corridor has long served as an obstacle to the kind of revitalization and development that would potentially flourish along this corridor if it was placed in the care and control of the City.  The South End Neighbourhood Plan lays out in considerable detail our vision for the Nicol Street corridor. This plan is contingent upon traffic calming and streetscape design changes that are impossible to achieve under the current provincial highway restrictions.

We very much hope that Council will explore this issue further and know that they have the full support of this association in doing so.

Sincerely,

Douglas Hardie
Chair
South End Community Association

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