Development Application No. PL2020-027

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The RDN has received a zoning amendment for 860 Sohier Road. The applicant proposes to rezone the subject property from Industrial 2 (I-2) to a new zone described as Industrial 4 (I-4). The I-4 zone would include a reduced minimum parcel size from 2.0 hectares to 1.0 hectare and an increased parcel coverage from 30% on the first hectare and 5% on remaining hectares to 40% parcel coverage overall. Additionally, the zone may limit the permitted uses to industrial activities that require low water usage, pursuant to “Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Area ‘F’ Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw No. 1285, 2002”.

The subject property currently contains an operational sawmill. The I-2 zone permits a variety of industrial uses. Please see the document library to review permitted uses in the I-2 zone. If the applicant is successful, the new 1-4 zone would continue to permit the sawmill use along with additional industrial uses similar to the currently permitted uses in the 1-2 zone. Additionally, the subject property could be subdivided into two, 1.0 hectare lots and the maximum permitted parcel coverage for buildings and structures could be up to 40% of the land.

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 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


The RDN has received a zoning amendment for 860 Sohier Road. The applicant proposes to rezone the subject property from Industrial 2 (I-2) to a new zone described as Industrial 4 (I-4). The I-4 zone would include a reduced minimum parcel size from 2.0 hectares to 1.0 hectare and an increased parcel coverage from 30% on the first hectare and 5% on remaining hectares to 40% parcel coverage overall. Additionally, the zone may limit the permitted uses to industrial activities that require low water usage, pursuant to “Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Area ‘F’ Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw No. 1285, 2002”.

The subject property currently contains an operational sawmill. The I-2 zone permits a variety of industrial uses. Please see the document library to review permitted uses in the I-2 zone. If the applicant is successful, the new 1-4 zone would continue to permit the sawmill use along with additional industrial uses similar to the currently permitted uses in the 1-2 zone. Additionally, the subject property could be subdivided into two, 1.0 hectare lots and the maximum permitted parcel coverage for buildings and structures could be up to 40% of the land.

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 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


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