“OCP has no relevance to the building of the City?”

Comment received from NanaimoCityHall blog reader J. Olson. Posted here as it raises some very important questions about the redevelopment of Port Place Mall.

How do we make the process — the Mayor and City Councillors and the heads of the Planning Department — more responsive to the issues raised here and by architect Franc D’Amrosio who the City hired to prepare the Downtown Design Guidelines document? The plans have been in front of the Design Advisory Panel something like 5 times and have been returned each time with cosmetic changes. We miss this opportunity and it’s gone for who knows how many years. Who on Council (Fred Pattje?) will come forward and champion this for the residents of the central and south neighbourhoods?

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OK Frank,

Am I to understand from the Mayor’s memo that it is a Provincial requirement to “interconnect Terminal Avenue and Front Street with an access road?”

• How is this Provincial requirement established?
• How do we know where to put roads and where not to put roads?
• Who decides these issues and how is the public consulted in these matters?
• Where is this Provincial requirement documented?
• Could we see a copy of the Provincial requirement?
• When was the Provincial requirement first established?
• How often is the Provincial requirement reviewed?
• Is the Provincial requirement co-ordinated with other provincial policy?
• How does the Provincial requirement relate to the over all road network?
• How is the Provincial requirement implemented on private lands?
• Does the Provincial requirement result in expropriation of land?
• Does the Provincial requirement result in subdivision of land and dedication of an access road?
• Does the Provincial requirement result in compensation to the private land owner?
• Who will own the new access road?
• Can structures be built over and under the new access road?
• Will City infrastructure be located in the new access road?
• Will the new access road have street trees, street lights, parking meters, benches and no loitering signs?
• Who will police the new access road?
• Will the City be responsible for maintaining the new access road?
• Who will name the new road? Will it be named by the Province?

Am I really to understand from the Mayor’s memo that a Provincial requirement has “formed a fundamental starting point” for the redevelopment plan for Port Place Mall?

• Does the Province know of the significant cultural and historical uses of this property for the past forty years?
• Does the Province know that its requirement will destroy the only in-door public space the downtown has ever known?

Am I to understand from the Mayor’s memo that it is acceptable to destroy public space, in favour of access roads?

Am I to understand that Nanaimo’s OCP has no relevance to the building of the City?

J. Olson

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