I’m a stuck record on the Port Place Mall redevelopment plans

Frank Murphy, June 17, 2010
I’m a stuck record on the Port Place Mall redevelopment plans but I continue to think it’s the most pressing issue getting the broadest attention in our town at the moment.

First, some catch-up. On Apr 29 Planner Tucker informed me in an email — and I posted it here — that, “There are currently three applications in stream for the Port Place Mall and the adjacent property located at 9 Nicol Street. The details of all three applications are available on the City’s website using NanaimoMap under the Development theme.”

The rezoning detail read then as it had for some time and continues to today “Information Coming Soon”. I’ve been unable to unearth any detail on it and I notice that the drawings of the revised redevelopment plans curiously don’t show the proposed tower which is to sit tight to Cameron Island on Front. Can this be that it’s recognized by Planning and Council that if the “towers on the waterfront” controversy is allowed to flare up again, this town might finally express itself in no uncertain terms that there is widespread unhappiness with the way our city is being developed. Big dreams and schemes with big talk of big money (but interestingly none apparently actually placed up-front)?


Email thread with Planning Department requesting up to date information on the Redevelopment and Rezoning applicatons –

Subject: Re: Port Place Mall
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:30:21 -0700
From: Frank Murphy <frankmurphy@shaw.ca>
To: Heidi Davidson <Heidi.Davidson@nanaimo.ca>
CC: Gary Noble <Gary.Noble@nanaimo.ca>, Sheila Herrera <Sheila.Herrera@nanaimo.ca>, Jeremy Holm <Jeremy.Holm@nanaimo.ca>

Thanks for this Heidi and Gary –

You won’t be surprised that I don’t find this answer to be entirely satisfactory. I accept it must be a huge task to keep the public fully informed of projects applying for rezoning and redevelopment permits — especially large ones like this — but there is such an impact here on so many that it’s simply imperative that we find a way… Is there information available in digital form? I know detailed colour renderings and a flythrough video were presented to the Design Advisory Panel recently.


On 17/06/2010 3:12 PM, Heidi Davidson wrote:

Hi Frank,

The development permit plans shown on NanaimoMap are the plans that were originally submitted June, 2009 (please see the disclaimer page on NanaimoMap). The original plans will remain on NanaimoMap until the development permit has been approved and issued. Unfortunately, with a large project such as the mall, it is impossible to update the plans each time we receive a revision. You are welcome; however, to view the plans at our office during regular office hours.

Heidi Davidson
Planning Clerk
Current Planning Section
Community Safety & Development Division

From: Gary Noble
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:38 PM
To: Heidi Davidson; Sheila Herrera
Subject: FW: Port Place Mall

Are some updates required????

From: Frank Murphy [mailto:frankmurphy@shaw.ca]
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:48 AM
To: Gary Noble
Subject: Port Place Mall

Hi Gary –

I’m trying to find detail for both the revised redevelopment applications and the rezoning applications for Port Place Mall. They aren’t on NanaimoMap. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks –