- Financial Report
- Community Safety
- Harbour View Development – Frank Basciano/Mike Leung
- MyStreet Update – Nicol St Pop-up Festival Sept 20, 2015
- David Livingston Food Forest
- Picnic Update
- Other Business
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 Development: Frank 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.
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