Development Application No. PL2022-117

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The RDN is currently looking for your input on zoning amendment application PL2019-051.

Lot 7, Balsam Road

The Regional District of Nanaimo has received an application from Seward Development Inc. on behalf of N&T properties Ltd for a property legally described as Lot 7, Section 12, Range 7, Cranberry District, Plan 27070. The proposal is to rezone the subject property to permit the use of land for the storage and distribution of steel shipping containers and the storage of property and goods within the shipping containers.

The subject property is currently zoned Industrial 1 (IN1) which permits light industry and heavy equipment display. Light industry permits 'warehousing' within a building, however does not permit the use of land for outdoor storage or storage of goods within moveable containers. Shipping containers are not considered buildings or structures as they are not constructed or erected on the land, and therefore could not currently be stored outside or used for storage. The existing permitted uses in the Industrial 1 zone (under Document Library) are defined as the following:

Light industry means the wholesale, warehousing, testing, service, repair or maintenance of an article, substance, material, fabric or compound; and includes artisan and manufacturing shop, having a gross floor area not exceeding 200 m2 , and retail sales accessory to the principal use; and

Heavy equipment display means the use of land, buildings or structures for the display, sale or rental of mobile homes, industrial vehicles and machinery, and includes outdoor sales, and includes accessory servicing of such equipment

The proposed amendment to zoning will permit the outdoor storage of shipping containers and use of shipping containers for storage of materials. A conceptual site plan demonstrating the use can be viewed in the document library.

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:

  • Check out our Document Library which includes the site plan and supporting studies
  • To see the status of the application and next steps visit our Process
  • Be sure to Register to provide your input
  • Share your thoughts on the application in the Application Input tab below
  • Submit your questions and we will provide an answer for all to see in the Ask a Question tab below
  • Project updates will be shared 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


Lot 7, Balsam Road

The Regional District of Nanaimo has received an application from Seward Development Inc. on behalf of N&T properties Ltd for a property legally described as Lot 7, Section 12, Range 7, Cranberry District, Plan 27070. The proposal is to rezone the subject property to permit the use of land for the storage and distribution of steel shipping containers and the storage of property and goods within the shipping containers.

The subject property is currently zoned Industrial 1 (IN1) which permits light industry and heavy equipment display. Light industry permits 'warehousing' within a building, however does not permit the use of land for outdoor storage or storage of goods within moveable containers. Shipping containers are not considered buildings or structures as they are not constructed or erected on the land, and therefore could not currently be stored outside or used for storage. The existing permitted uses in the Industrial 1 zone (under Document Library) are defined as the following:

Light industry means the wholesale, warehousing, testing, service, repair or maintenance of an article, substance, material, fabric or compound; and includes artisan and manufacturing shop, having a gross floor area not exceeding 200 m2 , and retail sales accessory to the principal use; and

Heavy equipment display means the use of land, buildings or structures for the display, sale or rental of mobile homes, industrial vehicles and machinery, and includes outdoor sales, and includes accessory servicing of such equipment

The proposed amendment to zoning will permit the outdoor storage of shipping containers and use of shipping containers for storage of materials. A conceptual site plan demonstrating the use can be viewed in the document library.

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:

  • Check out our Document Library which includes the site plan and supporting studies
  • To see the status of the application and next steps visit our Process
  • Be sure to Register to provide your input
  • Share your thoughts on the application in the Application Input tab below
  • Submit your questions and we will provide an answer for all to see in the Ask a Question tab below
  • Project updates will be shared 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 is seeking input on zoning amendment application PL2022-117

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    To provide enhanced opportunities for public feedback on the proposed zoning amendment, you are invited to use this online to ask questions or to make comments on the proposal. Feel free to also contact us by email at planning@rdn.bc.ca or phone 250-390-6510 to provide comments or to discuss the application. The deadline for public feedback is 4:30 p.m. on January 20, 2023.

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