Development Application No. PL2019-081

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The RDN is currently looking for your input on zoning amendment application PL2019-081.

Lot 4, Yale Road

Electoral Area H

The virtual engagement has concluded. Please refer to the document library for a report outlining the results of the virtual engagement.

The RDN has received a zoning amendment application for a parcel located on Yale Road in Electoral Area H. The applicant proposes to rezone the subject property from Resource Management 1 Zone (RM1) to a new Comprehensive Development Zone to facilitate a proposed three-lot subdivision, small sawmill, and mini-storage facility, under the “Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Bylaw No. 500, 1987”.

This is in your community and we want to hear your thoughts on this proposal. A few ways you can learn more and share your thoughts are by:

  • Checking out our Document Library which includes the site plan and supporting studies
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Lot 4, Yale Road

Electoral Area H

The virtual engagement has concluded. Please refer to the document library for a report outlining the results of the virtual engagement.

The RDN has received a zoning amendment application for a parcel located on Yale Road in Electoral Area H. The applicant proposes to rezone the subject property from Resource Management 1 Zone (RM1) to a new Comprehensive Development Zone to facilitate a proposed three-lot subdivision, small sawmill, and mini-storage facility, under the “Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Bylaw No. 500, 1987”.

This is in your community and we want to hear your thoughts on this proposal. A few ways you can learn more and share your thoughts are by:

  • Checking out our Document Library which includes the site plan and supporting studies
  • To check the status of the application and next steps see our Process
  • Visit the FAQ's or Important Links for more information
  • Be sure to Register to provide your comments
  • If you want to share your thoughts or discuss with other registered participants visit the Start a Discussion tab below
  • Send us your questions and we will provide an answer for all to see in the Q&A tab
  • We will share project updates in the What's New tab as the project moves forward
  • Connect with our team by email or phone? See our contact info in Who's Listening


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    You state that "the proposal is to maintain the sawmill in its current state". Once 'sawmill' becomes a permitted use (in CD Zone) what controls can the bylaw exert to ensure that the sawmill status quo is maintained with respect to size and operation as well as emission of noise and other nuisance?

    3deepeedee asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your questions. The draft zone will include some 'controls' to limit the size and nature of the operation. Noise is not something that the zone could address other than through minimum setback requirements. 

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    What is the projected sound emission level of the sawmill?

    elmc asked about 2 months ago

    The sawmill has been in operation for about the last 8 years. The proposal is to maintain the sawmill in its current state.  With respect to your question, there are many variables that go into measuring sound levels. IN this case, the sound levels have not been measured or estimated at various distances from the sawmill. 

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    Will the subject property, which borders Spider Lake Provincial Park, create noise pollution for park users and nearby residents?

    elmc asked about 2 months ago

    The sawmill has been in operation for approximately 8 years. We do not have any noise complaints on file.

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    Is the sawmill to be a new installation, or is it existing?

    elmc asked about 2 months ago

    The sawmill has been operating on the subject property  for approximately 8 years and for the past 20 years, the property has operated as a gravel pit.  The proposal is to continue to be able to operate the sawmill as it exists today.

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    Is there a document available that specifically describes the terms of the Comprehensive Development Zone for this proposal such as; set-backs, total allowed occupancy, maximum height, etc. like there exists for currently approved CD’s allowed in the bylaws?

    Here4Ever asked about 2 months ago

    As this is an opportunity for public input at an early stage of the process, the intent is to gauge the level of community support and identify potential concerns for us to address. Based on this input, the RDN would draft a Comprehensive Development Zone. We will post the draft in the document library and it will be available for public review and comment. In response to what we are hearing, we will accelerate the preparation of the draft zone and post it here as soon as possible for review. As we are doing online engagement, the timelines for input are more flexible. There will be additional opportunities to provide input all along the way right up to the public hearing. Feel free to contact us if you