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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

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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

Agenda:

  1. Introductions
  2. David Livingston Food Forest/MYCDC
  3. Pollinator Workshop
  4. Nicol St./Highway/Makela
  5. Neighbourhood Safety
  6. Deverill Park
  7. Picnic
  8. Insurance
  9. Railway Trails
  10. Bayview Elementary
  11. Strickland Street
  12. Downtown Waterfront
  13. Sports Court

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1. David Livingston Food Forest: Ben, Michael and Larissa of Mid-Island Community Development Co-Operative attended.  They presented images of the successful community workparty on Saturday March 27.  Under the guidance of MYCDC, Volunteers from SECA, ACT, and neighbours gathered to create beds, pathways and plant trees, shrubs in the lot.  Next step is to install an irrigation system which Ben will research and report back on.  In the meantime, community members are encouraged to plant additional herbs.  ACT has volunteered to provide ongoing maintainance of the plantings.  Ben also updated us on his meeting with City Parks and Recreation, and the City Horticulturalist who expressed enthusiasm for the project.  The Chairman extended thanks on behalf of SECA for the excellent leadership of MYCDC in initiating and executing the project.
Discussion then took place regarding signage for the project.  City requires a permit when naming public spaces after individuals and this will need to be explored.
As regards signage and naming of the space a variety of points were raised:

  • Opposing opinions were expressed regarding the working name .  Some felt that naming the food forest after a man would be inappropriate as the forest is expected to be a place of respite and safety for abused women.  Others pointed out that David Livingston was well-known for his kind, gentle nature and interest in preserving the natural world.
  • It was suggested and resolved that the Chairman would consult with Samaritan House to obtain their views on the subject.
  • If we decide on wooden signage, Petra has a contact who can produce routed wood signage.

2. Pollinator Workshop: The Mason Bee House Workshop presented by Thomas was well attended by interested parties and SECA members.  This successful workshop resulted in the construction of many creative Bee Homes and participants did a great job, leaving the venue as they found it.  A further workshop is being considered.  Thanks was expressed by Douglas, Sydney and Chris for organizing the event and posting details on the blog.

3. Nicol Street/Highway: Attention was called to the newspaper article covering the Mayor’s consideration of the possibility of City taking control of the Nicol Street corridor from the Province.  After discussion it was suggested that a Letter of Support for this initiative be sent by the Chairman.  No objection was voiced.

Makela: This neighbourhood high-schooler is interested in submitting an application to the Coast Community Credit Union Scholarship Project Grant.  Her submission would be to provide flower boxes along the Nicol Street corridor.  She asks for our support.  Unanimous.

4. Neighbourhood Safety: RCMP did not attend this meeting.  Douglas reports that his bicycle was stolen just to give everyone a heads-up.

5. Deverill Park: The situation regarding cancellation of the City-sponsored Summer Day Program has not been resolved.  Suggested options were reviewed, including the possibilities of local youth or Park Ambassador volunteers.

6. Picnic: SECA received a donation of $2,000 to the fund from the Serauxmen.  The fundraising initiatives are just beginning and volunteer assignments will be made over the next week or so.

7. Insurance: Following discussion and consensus at the last General Meeting, the Executive voted to drop Directors Insurance.  They also voted to insure the Tea Wagon for 6 months from April to September.

8. Railway Trails: A representative of the Nob Hill Association attended to inform us that they have contacted City, proposing the creation of a bike trail along the railway corridor.  The trail would be laid 2m from the tracks on the E side and would be 3m wide.  He also informed us that a proposal is currently before City to construct a 3 story, live/work condominium at the corner of Milton/Hecate.  In regard to that development, the Nob Hill Assoc. wishes to have the contractors proposed fencing relocated further from the edge of the property to accommodate the proposed bike path/walking access.

9. Bayview Elementary: A neighbourhood couple attended to enquire regarding scholarship funding for area students.  They called to our attention that, on the list of Elementary schools providing such awards, Bayview is the only area school which does not participate in the program, though the school has done so in years past.  They suggested that SECA might partner with Bayview.
The recent project undertaken by the Staff and Students of Bayview under the direction of local artist Yvonne Vanderkooi was noted.  A mural “Circles of Belonging” was created on the school’s exterior.  The project has fostered a sense of community and school pride.  The group is informed that the Executive voted at their last meeting to present Principal Diane McGonigle with a “Friend of the South End” certificate because of her commitment to the project and it’s goals.

10. Strickland Street: A proposed 56 unit, multi-familytownhouse/commercial use development to be located at the end of Strickland Street (technically Harbourview Street) was brought to our attention.  Also nearby, the old 5 Acres building is undergoing some development by a Church group.  Two main concerns were brought forward:

  • The signage posted by the developer outlining the proposal, while it conforms to requirements, is not easily seen as the proposed site is in an out of the way area.  The contention by the developer that they have received no adverse reaction from area residents may be due to the secluded nature of the site.
  • The site is difficult to access by vehicles and a development would require extensive traffic alterations to the area.

It was additionally pointed out that many area residents utilize the site for walking, exercising pets, and other recreational uses.  In the official Neighbourhood Plan, this area was recommended to be designated parkland.
It was resolved that the vice-chair would post information regarding the development on the blog.  Approved by the group.

11. Downtown Waterfront Committee: Our Chairman, who sits on the Committee, reported that, at the last meeting, 2 representatives of the Snuneymuxw First Nation attended.  They presented their position that no development on the Waterfront could take place without consultation over waterfront lands they claim as traditional.  They cited the newly refurbished ‘pallet’ area as existing on a traditional village site and claim the shoreline.  Hopefully, this will open dialogue about development at this critical time for the Waterfront Initiative.
At the meeting, D. White of VIU gave a presentation of Treaty details.  He suggested that outreach to the Snuneymuxw Nation be individual and personal.  He also pointed out that it has been difficult to engage individuals of the First Nation as they feel they cannot speak for all and so, are reluctant to attend.

12. Sports Court: The Chairman reports that Chris from Snuneymuxw First Nation discussed his interest in partnering with us to initiate a project for the refurbishment and use of the Princess Royal sports court.  The current owner would be approached.

Adjourned

We are sorry to announce the departure from this earth of Winston Churchill Cat, who died today after suffering a long illness. Well known in the 700 block of Haliburton Street, he will be sorely missed. He was a real character, but was also known for his friendly, affectionate nature, his intelligence and his love of children.

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David Livingston Food Forest is almost ready for planting, and you are invited to help with the next step of the project: building our garden beds and pathways, and maybe even planting our first trees and shrubs.

What: Garden bed installation, Mulching, Pathway building,
When: Saturday Mar 28th, 2015 10:00am- 4:00pm
Where: David Livingston Food Forest – Across from 345 Haliburton St. behind the Samaritan House;

Lunch is provided and you are welcome to bring some food to share.

Please bring:
-gloves, shovels, rakes, warm clothes, boots,
-extra plants that we can transplant in the forest! and to share with others.
– food (optional)

Sign up for the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/349635198575847/

For more information see the previous post:

http://nanaimosouthend.ca/2015/02/12/come-back-to-your-southend-roots-workparty-feb-28th/

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