Nanaimo ReImagined

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Considering our future.

Great cities aren’t created by accident. They are built by residents collectively creating a vision and road map for their City's future.

Over the past two years through the REIMAGINE NANAIMO journey, our community has shaped a vision and path forward for Nanaimo's next 25 years. Now we are excited to share an updated City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined that has been refined through the feedback shared during Phase 3 of the process. Scroll down to see the plan and review key background information.

Thank you to everyone who has been part of creating this vision for Nanaimo's future!

Great cities aren’t created by accident. They are built by residents collectively creating a vision and road map for their City's future.

Over the past two years through the REIMAGINE NANAIMO journey, our community has shaped a vision and path forward for Nanaimo's next 25 years. Now we are excited to share an updated City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined that has been refined through the feedback shared during Phase 3 of the process. Scroll down to see the plan and review key background information.

Thank you to everyone who has been part of creating this vision for Nanaimo's future!

  • City Plan: Nanaimo ReImagined Adopted!

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    On Monday, July 4, 2022, Nanaimo City Council passed the third and final reading of the City Plan Bylaw 2022 No. 6600.Thank you to everyone in the community who helped us achieve this milestone! Click here to view the City Plan: Nanaimo ReImagined.

    What's Next?

    Implementation of the goals outlined in City Plan: Nanaimo ReImagined will be supported by two key documents, an Integrated Action Plan and a Monitoring Strategy, that should be finalized by spring 2023. The Integrated Action Plan will bring together many short term, ongoing, and long term projects and programs to implement the new City Plan. The Monitoring Strategy will use key indicators to track progress towards the goals. Robust actions and monitoring will be vital in equipping the community, staff, and City Council with the information needed to respond to the evolving context of the community, determine whether the policies are being achieved, and realign priorities as needed.

    Stayed tuned!


  • See City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined!

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    It's Ready!

    City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined has been updated and is entering the bylaw review and adoption process. During this process, Council will review the plan, hear further comments, and consider adoption.

    Download City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined:

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    City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined | Executive Summary

    City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined | Backgrounder


    See What's Changed since the Last Draft!

    Hundreds of refinements and improvements have been made to the plan based on feedback shared by Committees, stakeholders, community members, and agencies. To review what's changed since the February 2022 draft go to: www.nanaimo.ca/your-government/projects/projects-detail/reimagine-nanaimo

    Council gave First & Second Reading of City Plan (City Plan Bylaw 2022 No. 6600) at their meeting on Monday, May 30, 2022. A public hearing is scheduled for June 22, 2022. Visit the City's Council Meetings page(External link) for agendas and notices.

  • Phase 3 Public Engagement Summary

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    The Phase 3 Public Engagement Summary is now available! Thank you to everyone who took part and provided feedback. Over 1,250 participants shared their thoughts the draft City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined. The feedback gathered in Phase 3 will be considered during refinements to the draft City Plan.

    The Phase 3 Engagement Summary is being presented to the Governance and Priority Committee on May 9th, 2022 at 1pm. A copy of the Staff Report can be viewed here. Staff will also be presenting three additional reports related to Reimagine Nanaimo on May 9th, 2022. They include:

    Staff Report | Draft City Plan Amendments

    Staff Report | Land Use Designation Review Summary

    Staff Report | City Plan Development Permit Areas

    Thank you again to everyone who has taken part in REIMAGINE NANAIMO! Your insights are helping guide our community into its future.


  • Council Proposed Changes to City Plan To Date

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    Click on the GPC meeting date to see Council's proposed changes to the draft City Plan. The recommended changes will be considered at the May 9th, GPC, alongside the Phase 3 Public Engagement Summary.

    GPC, March 14, 2022 | A Green & Connected Nanaimo

    GPC, March 28, 2022 | A Healthy, An Empowered and A Prosperous Nanaimo

    GPC, April 11, 2022 | Land Use & Neighborhoods

  • Draft City Plan - February 2022

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    In February - April, 2022 the third and final phase of community engagement was held to review the draft City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined (February 2022). If you'd like to review this earlier version which the survey was passed on, you can download the draft using the links below. This draft was reviewed, refined, and changed through the Phase 3 Engagement process. View above articles to see the refined May 2022 City Plan - Nanaimo ReImaigned document, which is being considered for public hearing on June 22, 2022.


    Our Future Starts Here - REIMAGINE NANAIMO Phase 3 Video

    This 4-minute video is a great way to quickly learn about highlights in City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined.


    Key Directions in the draft City Plan

    Because there's so much information in the draft City Plan, the REIMAGINE NANAIMO Story Map and Information Sheets summarized key directions. Similar information was presented in two different ways:

    • Nanaimo Story Map - an interactive map and journey for people who love zooming around a webpage
    • Information Sheets - for people who prefer to read a poster (slower download)

    Public Engagement is now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback! The public engagement summary was presented to the Governance and Priorities Committee meeting on May 9th, 2022. View above articles to see the Phase 3 | Public Engagement Summary. You can also visit https://www.nanaimo.ca/your-government/city-council/council-meetings/meeting-documents-and-videos to view the meeting where the summary was presented.

  • Phase 2 Public Engagement Summary

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    Phase 2 Public Engagement Summary and Appendices are now available. Thank you to everyone who took part and provided their feedback. We heard from over 2,300 participants on Nanaimo's Foundations (Goals, Targets & Indicators) and 3 Draft Scenarios. The feedback gathered in Phase 2 will be used in the preparation of a draft City Plan.

    Update: The Phase 2 Engagement Summary is being presented to the Governance and Priority Committee on November 22, 2021. A copy of the Staff Report can be viewed here.

    Thank you again to everyone who took part. We look forward to engaging with you in the Phase 3 - the final phase of REIMAGINE Nanaimo.

  • Phase 2 | FOUNDATIONS

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    In order to plan for how and where growth will happen over the next 25 years, it is important to set a strong foundation. Reimagine Nanaimo’s Foundations is based on a Draft Framework, Draft Strategic Goals and Draft Indicators and Targets. Watch the Foundations video to learn more.

  • Phase 2 | SCENARIOS

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    The choices we make – where we live and work, how we move, where we shop – all influence how Nanaimo will grow over time. Great cities aren’t created by accident. They are created through thoughtful plans and a desire by the many who live there to make great choices.

    While much of our city will remain as the neighbourhoods and features we know and love, some areas will change in the next 25 years. By choosing where to focus new growth and planning what it could look like, we can help create a great city.

    Three draft scenarios were provided for consideration. Below is a summary of each:

    Scenario 1 | The current path follows the existing Official Community Plan, meaning we’ll continue planning the way we are today. While Current Path was progressive when created in 2008, new knowledge provides opportunity to make enhancements that could move us faster towards our goals. To learn more, watch Scenario 1 video.

    Scenario 2 | Mobility Hubs focuses new growth around seven hubs distributed across the City, where transportation networks (roads, transit, cycling) come together. It encourages more housing forms like townhomes and fourplexes to fill the gap between single-family homes and apartments. In this scenario, more growth would occur in and between hubs. To learn more, watch Scenario 2 video.

    Scenario 3 | Central Focus encourages most new growth and higher-density housing within a focused urban core bounded by Downtown, the Hospital, and Vancouver Island University. It would lead to a more urban, walkable, and vibrant central core with less growth and change (though still some) in areas beyond this core. To learn more, watch Scenario 3 video.

    An detailed overview of all 3 Draft Land Use Scenarios can be found here.

  • View the Phase 1 Engagement Summary

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    Wow, Nanaimo! You’ve shared some great insights for the first phase of REIMAGINE NANAIMO – what’s great about our City, what needs work and fantastic ideas for the future. Take a browse through the Phase 1 Engagement Summary and the appendices and see what our community has shared so far. These ideas are now being used in Phase 2 of the process to identify a range of potential scenarios and options for Nanaimo’s future. Later this spring, we’ll be asking for your review and thoughts on these emerging directions. Stay tuned!

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    Watch the March 8, 2021 Meeting from the City of Nanaimo Governance and Priorities Committee for an update on the Doughnut Economics Framework.

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