Nanaimo Airport Land Use Bylaw Updates

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The Regional District of Nanaimo is proposing to amend the Regional Growth Strategy, Electoral Area A Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw No. 500 for lands owned by the Nanaimo Airport Commission to both recognize the existing airport operations and to facilitate future commercial development on the portion of land fronting the Trans-Canada Highway at Spitfire Road.

The Nanaimo Airport is a regional transportation hub and important part of the Central Vancouver Island economy. The Nanaimo Airport Commission, who owns and operates the Airport, has a land use plan that includes expanding the airport terminal and airside commercial for aviation and aviation light industrial, and developing land adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway for commercial uses, passenger flow, and parking.

How to find out more or provide feedback:

  • Register (tab at the top right of this page) to be kept up-to-date with progress on this project through our electronic communications and provide us your thoughts.
  • Attend an Open House or local office hours in Cassidy (now complete)
  • Explore this webpage to find out more about the project. Staff reports and other documents can be accessed in the document library.
  • Ask us a question in the Q & A section below and we will respond.

The RDN looks forward to your participation.

The Regional District of Nanaimo is proposing to amend the Regional Growth Strategy, Electoral Area A Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw No. 500 for lands owned by the Nanaimo Airport Commission to both recognize the existing airport operations and to facilitate future commercial development on the portion of land fronting the Trans-Canada Highway at Spitfire Road.

The Nanaimo Airport is a regional transportation hub and important part of the Central Vancouver Island economy. The Nanaimo Airport Commission, who owns and operates the Airport, has a land use plan that includes expanding the airport terminal and airside commercial for aviation and aviation light industrial, and developing land adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway for commercial uses, passenger flow, and parking.

How to find out more or provide feedback:

  • Register (tab at the top right of this page) to be kept up-to-date with progress on this project through our electronic communications and provide us your thoughts.
  • Attend an Open House or local office hours in Cassidy (now complete)
  • Explore this webpage to find out more about the project. Staff reports and other documents can be accessed in the document library.
  • Ask us a question in the Q & A section below and we will respond.

The RDN looks forward to your participation.

  • Public Hearing Scheduled

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    29 Mar 2021

    A Public Hearing will be held for Amendment Bylaws 1615.04, 1620.06 and 500.429 respecting the Nanaimo Airport lands. The purpose of these Amendment Bylaws is to acknowledge current airport use, to achieve consistency with the adopted Nanaimo Airport Land Use Plan and to support other commercial uses complementary to the Nanaimo Airport on part of the land adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway. The Public hearing will be convened by virtual means and is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information on how to attend the virtual Public Hearing, please view the Public Hearing Notice in the document library.

  • RDN Board Gives 1st and 2nd Reading to RGS Bylaw Amendments

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    29 Mar 2021

    On March 23, 2021, the RDN Board gave 1st and 2nd reading to proposed RGS Amendment Bylaw 1615.04. This bylaw makes changes to the "Regional District of Nanaimo Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1615, 2011" by amending Map 4 – Land Use Designations to re-align the Industrial and the Resource Lands and Open Space designations on the Airport lands and extends the growth containment boundary at the Cassidy Village Centre to include part of the Airport lands adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway. These map changes to the RGS mirror the changes in the proposed OCP and Bylaw 500 amendments. There are no other changes to the RGS required or proposed. The staff report and video of this agenda item at the March 23, 2021 meeting can be viewed here.

    The Proposed RGS Amendment Bylaw has now been referred to First Nations, agencies and local stakeholders as identified in the Board approved RGS Engagement Plan.

  • New Video, FAQs and Backgrounder Documents Published

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    by csimpson, 01 Feb 2021

    Check out the new documents and video just published to the project page. The series of four Backgrounders, FAQs, and video bring together information about this project that has been presented to the RDN Board and at the public open houses and pop-up offices. These materials are meant to explain the basics of a complex project, and answer some frequently asked questions.

    If you want to know more, you can ask a question in the Q & A, read through the other background materials and staff reports in the Document Library, or contact us.

  • Public Hearing Scheduled

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    by csimpson, 23 Oct 2020

    A public hearing will be held for Amendment Bylaws 1620.06 and 500.429 respecting the Nanaimo Airport lands. The purpose of these Amendment Bylaws is to acknowledge current airport use, to achieve consistency with the adopted Nanaimo Airport Land Use Plan and to support other commercial uses complementary to the Nanaimo Airport. This public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Click here for the full public hearing notice.

  • Bylaws Revised and Given 1st and 2nd Reading

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    by csimpson, 23 Sep 2020

    On September 15, 2020, the RDN Board made changes to amendment bylaws 1620.06 and 500.429 based on referral responses from agencies. These bylaws make changes to the Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Area A Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1620, 2011 and the Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Bylaw 500, 1987. The staff report and video of this agenda item at the September 15, 2020 Board meeting can be viewed here.

    The revised bylaws have now been referred to First Nations, agencies and local stakeholders. A public hearing will be scheduled later in the Fall of 2020.

  • RDN Board Gives 1st and 2nd Reading to Bylaw Amendments

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    by csimpson, 30 Apr 2020

    On April 28, 2020, the RDN Board gave 1st and 2nd reading to amendment bylaws 1620.06 and 500.429. These bylaws make changes to the Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Area A Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1620, 2011 and the Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Bylaw 500, 1987. The staff report and video of this agenda item at the April 28, 2020 Board meeting can be viewed here.

    The bylaws have now been referred to First Nations, agencies and local stakeholders. After reviewing responses, the RDN Board may give further readings and schedule a public hearing.

  • Pop Up Office and Open House Dates are Scheduled

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    by csimpson, 07 Nov 2019
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