Category Archives: QUESTIONS TO COUNCIL, STAFF

Comments on Budget at the Feb. 13 Council Meeting

Ron Bolin: Feb. 13, 2012 Mayor Ruttan and Councillors: Before you pass three readings of the Financial Plan Bylaw tonight, thus filling that mold with cement which, though it may not be fully set until April, becomes harder to rework with each passing day, I would like to ask that you give more consideration to […]

Tonight’s Hotel Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw – Why You should Pay Attention

Ron Bolin: Jan.23, 2012 At its meeting this evening (Jan. 23,2012, 7pm in the Auditorium of the Conference Centre) Council will, among other matters: “consider amending “REVITALIZATION TAX EXEMPTION BYLAW NO. 7143” to include renovations to existing hotels and motels that achieves any one or more of the following: adds services adds rooms improves the […]

Doublespeak at City Hall?

Fred Taylor: September 12, 2011 City of Nanaimo 455 Wallace Street Nanaimo, B.C. Mayor Ruttan & Council Members: I ask the Council to ‘table’ the Report “Designation of Park Land – Park Dedication Bylaw No. 7137” for consideration at the next Council meeting. The public must have the opportunity to review the complete document; as […]

Lawrence Rieper on the new Zoning Bylaw

Lawrence Rieper: June 27, 2011 NEW DRAFT ZONING BYLAW – REASONS AGAINST OUTLINE INTRODUCTION A CASE IN POINT – WENTWORTH STREET EXCLUSION OF SINGLE FAMILY AREA OF THE OLD CITY FROM BYLAW RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS AND FAIR APPLICATION OF THE BYLAW QUESTIONING THE NEED FOR DENSITY AND VARIOUS GROWTH STUDIES THE NEW ZONING BYLAW – WAS […]

Generous to a Fault

Ron Bolin: June 17, 2011 The words of Matthew (25:29) rang true on Monday night as Nanaimo City Council undertook the entire cost of installing a City sewer installation in the Green Lake area.  This will cost taxpayers about $31, 700 for each of 101 lots for a total of about $3.2 million. There was […]

Annex Redux – Post Documentation

Ron Bolin: May 17, 2011 How many buildings and homes in the city have the same problem??? Who is responsible for them??? What will the new building actually cost in the end??? Where is the value analysis??? While Council seems to have already signed a contract for the construction of a new city hall Annex, […]

Fred Taylor on the proposed new Zoning Bylaw

May 17, 2011 Fred Taylor, city watchdog, raised several issues at the May 16 Council meeting which he has agreed to have published here. ——————————————– Mayor Ruttan & Council Members: Our Zoning Bylaw 4000 has on an ongoing basis been updated, consolidated and in my opinion a very friendly, understandable document. I remain of the […]

Department of Land Use Change Management?

Mayor Ruttan and Councillors: In attending last night’s first open house concerning the new zoning bylaw, I was disappointed to find that several fundamental issues which I had previously raised remained un-addressed. First of these is a representation of the magnitude and location of the proposed zoning changes, i.e. a map which shows only the lots which […]

Zoning Bylaw Open Houses

Posted By: Gord Fuller As someone who lives and has lived in the South End for a number of years I have often been curious when it comes to the location of City run Public Open Houses around issues like the OCP Review, Parks Bylaw and most recently the Zoning Bylaw re-write.  I for one […]

A Suggestion for Better Communication

Ron Bolin, Jan. 24, 2011 The following message was sent this morning with a request for response.  I offer it here for NCH Blog readers with a similar request for response.  What do you think about this approach? ——————————————————- Mayor Ruttan, Councillors and CAO Kenning: A Suggestion for Better Communication: In the interest of better […]