Ravensong Aquatic Centre RDN Bylaw #899

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This Project is now complete.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, on the District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Establishment Bylaw #899 (Bylaw #899), which is how we fund Ravensong Aquatic Centre. This phase of public engagement is now complete and you are encouraged to view the What We Heard Engagement Summary.

The RDN Board has re-established the District 69 Swimming Pool Service Select Committee to review options and models for the District 69 Swimming Pool Service, as well as an additional aquatic facility in Oceanside and then provide recommendations back to the RDN Board. See the Updates section for most recent activity.

How can I get involved and learn more?

  • Subscribe to this page to receive email notifications with news and updates
  • Review the Background Documents
  • Read the FAQ's that are updated regularly based on questions asked
  • Watch our brief videos that explain the proposed changes
  • Check out the Important Links to see past RDN Board discussions about the proposed changes to Bylaw #899
  • See our What's New tab for general project updates

This Project is now complete.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, on the District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Establishment Bylaw #899 (Bylaw #899), which is how we fund Ravensong Aquatic Centre. This phase of public engagement is now complete and you are encouraged to view the What We Heard Engagement Summary.

The RDN Board has re-established the District 69 Swimming Pool Service Select Committee to review options and models for the District 69 Swimming Pool Service, as well as an additional aquatic facility in Oceanside and then provide recommendations back to the RDN Board. See the Updates section for most recent activity.

How can I get involved and learn more?

  • Subscribe to this page to receive email notifications with news and updates
  • Review the Background Documents
  • Read the FAQ's that are updated regularly based on questions asked
  • Watch our brief videos that explain the proposed changes
  • Check out the Important Links to see past RDN Board discussions about the proposed changes to Bylaw #899
  • See our What's New tab for general project updates
  • February 15, 2024 Update

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    On January 9, 2024, the Regional District of Nanaimo Board met and approved the following motion:


    (All Directors – One Vote)

    1. That the Board adopt "Regional District of Nanaimo District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Area Amendment Bylaw No. 899.03, 2023”
      Opposed (1): Director Salter

    CARRIED

    To see the minutes and video from that meeting click here.


    Given this approval, Electoral Area E (Nanoose Bay) residents will be included in the 2024 tax requisition for the District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Area with all funding participants being assessed by 100% usage apportionment model.

  • October 24, 2023 Update

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    At the regular meeting of the RDN Board on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, it was carried unanimously that:

    Regional District of Nanaimo District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Area Amendment Bylaw No. 899.03, 2023” be introduced and read three times, and be sent to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval.

    To see the meeting video click here.

  • September 13, 2023 Update

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    The Regional District of Nanaimo Regular Board met on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. in the Regional District of Nanaimo Board Chambers at 6300 Hammond Bay Road Nanaimo, BC. At the meeting the following Motions were carried.

    (Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Electoral Areas F, G, H - Weighted Vote)

    1. That the renovation of the Ravensong Aquatic Facility be put on hold and be re-examined in 2025, and that contributions to reserves for renovations at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre be set at zero for the 2024 budget.

    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

    (All Directors - One Vote - must be taken separately)

    1. That the “Regional District of Nanaimo District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 899, 1993” be amended to include Electoral Areas E, F, G, H, City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach, based on an apportionment model of 100% usage.

    CARRIED

    1. That the apportionment model be re-examined in 2025.

    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

    1. That the Regional District of Nanaimo Board abandon “Regional District of Nanaimo District 69 Swimming Pool Service Amendment Bylaw No. 899.02, 2022”.

    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

    1. That the amendment to "Regional District of Nanaimo District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 899, 1993, proceed under the Local Government Act with the consent of at least 2/3 of the participants.

    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

    In addition, the Board voted on the following Committee recommendation that came from Business Arising from Correspondence.

    • (All Directors - One Vote)

    That the Board support the request to examine the feasibility of a pool in the Parksville area based on the letter dated July 17, 2023, from Mayor O'Brien.

    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

    While the motion to move to a 100 per cent usage apportionment model has been passed by the RDN Board, the timing of when this transition will happen is yet to be determined. Please contact the Team if you have any questions.

    The meeting can be viewed here.

    The meeting minutes can be accessed here.

  • August 2, 2023 Update

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    The District 69 Swimming Pool Service Select Committee met on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. in the City of Parksville Council Chambers at 100 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville. At the meeting the following motions were supported that will now advance for the RDN Board’s consideration at their next regular Board Meeting on September 12, 2023.

    REPORTS

    D69 Swimming Pool Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 899 Adding Electoral Area E at 100 Percent Usage Apportionment

    It was moved and seconded that:

    1. The renovation of the Ravensong Aquatic Facility be put on hold and be re-examined in 2025, and that contributions to reserves for renovations at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre be set at zero for the 2024 budget;
    2. “Regional District of Nanaimo District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 899, 1993” be amended to include Electoral Areas E, F, G, H, City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach, based on an apportionment model of 100% usage; and further,
    3. The apportionment model be re-examined in 2025.


    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

    It was moved and seconded that the Regional District of Nanaimo Board abandon “Regional District of Nanaimo District 69 Swimming Pool Service Amendment Bylaw No. 899.02, 2022”.

    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

    It was moved and seconded that the amendment to "Regional District of Nanaimo District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 899, 1993, proceed under the Local Government Act with at the consent of at least two thirds of the participants.

    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

    BUSINESS ARISING FROM DELEGATIONS AND CORRESPONDENCE

    D. O'Brien, Mayor, City of Parksville, re: Aquatic Facility in Parksville

    That the District 69 Swimming Pool Service Select Committee recommend that the Board support the request to examine the feasibility of a pool in the Parksville area based on the letter dated July 17, 2023, from Mayor O'Brien.

    CARRIED

    The meeting was live webstreamed and recorded and can be viewed here (skip forward to 18mins and 35secs).

    For full minutes view: Minutes

  • July 18, 2023 Update

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    The District 69 Swimming Pool Service Select Committee will be meeting Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. in the City of Parksville Council Chambers. This meeting will also be webstreamed and recorded. Access the live webstream by visiting https://rdn.bc.ca/agendas-minutes-videos and clicking on the meeting link. The meeting video will be posted to the same spot as the webstream link for those unable to watch it live.

    The Committee will be reviewing Aquatic Services in the District 69 area. A link to the online agenda will be available here prior to the meeting.

  • June 26, 2023 Update

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    The District 69 Swimming Pool Service Select Committee will be meeting Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 10 a.m. in the City of Parksville Council Chambers. This meeting will also be webstreamed and recorded. Access the live webstream by visiting https://rdn.bc.ca/agendas-minutes-videos and clicking on the meeting link. The meeting video will be posted to the same spot as the webstream link for those unable to watch it live.

    The Committee will be reviewing Aquatic Services in the District 69 area. Please see the online agenda for further information at https://rdn-pub.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=3f59f42a-eeea-4751-b964-05d4ba263ea5&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English

  • April 19, 2023 Update

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    The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Board held the special board meeting on April 18, 2023, regarding District 69 Swimming Pool Service Establishment Bylaw No. 899, 1993 (Bylaw #899). The RDN Board was considering the two proposed changes to Bylaw #899; changing how Ravensong Aquatic Centre is funded and adding Electoral Area E as a participating area. At the meeting, the Board passed the following motions:

    1. That the Regional District of Nanaimo Board receive the Bylaw No. 899 Community Engagement Summary and cover staff report for information.
    2. That the Staff Report dated April 18, 2023, “Options for District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 899 Amendment following Public Engagement” be received and that the Chair re-establish the District 69 Swimming Pool Service Select Committee and the report be referred to the Committee to further review options and models for the District 69 Swimming Pool Service, as well as an additional aquatic facility in Oceanside, and provide recommendations to the Board.
    3. That staff be directed to prepare an analysis of the 5 year financial plan for Ravensong pool with operating funds and capital funds separated for the information of the select committee meeting.
    4. That staff provide the select committee with the detailed usage survey data, as appropriate, from 2010 and 2015 which would include methodology and standard deviation.
    5. That staff provide the select committee with a variety of cost apportionment models for consideration.

    The public engagement report, which includes the survey results, is available here. To view all of the reports included in the April 18, 2023 special board meeting agenda package, please click here.

  • April 13, 2023 Update

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    The complete agenda for the Special RDN Board meeting scheduled for April 18, 2023, 1:30 p.m. at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre at 747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach to review the What We Heard Engagement Summary Report and for the RDN Board to discuss next steps on the changes being considered for the District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Establishment Bylaw #899 is now available at rdn.bc.ca/agendas-minutes-videos. To view the agenda, click the Special Board meeting on April 18, 2023. A new window will appear with options to view the Notice of Special Board Meeting or the agenda, click on either to view.


  • March 30, 2023 Update

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    Thank you for your interest and getting involved in the Ravensong Aquatic Centre RDN Bylaw #899 public engagement process.

    The recent survey and gathering of community feedback phase is now closed as a What We Heard Engagement Summary Report is being prepared to be presented to the RDN Board.

    Next steps:

    • There has been a Special RDN Board meeting scheduled for April 18, 2023, 1:30 p.m. at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre at 747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach to review the What We Heard Engagement Summary Report and for the RDN Board to discuss next steps on the changes being considered for the District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service Establishment Bylaw #899.
    • All correspondence received to date on this topic will be attached word for word (with personal details such as address or email removed) to the report to the Board for their consideration. It is not necessary to resubmit your correspondence.
    • Those unable to attend the Special RDN Board meeting in-person will have the opportunity to view the live stream of the meeting. On the day of the meeting visit rdn.bc.ca/agendas-minutes-videos. To view the live feed for a meeting, click on the appropriate tab on the calendar, click on the desired meeting and then select the Live Feed option. To access the closed captioning, select the CC icon at the bottom right of the video. Please note that the live feed link is not available until approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time of the meeting.
    • The agenda for the Special Board meeting will be available on the RDN’s website by Thursday, April 13. To view the agenda when it is published, visit rdn.bc.ca/agendas-minutes-videos.
    • The deadline to submit a delegation request and delegation presentations for the April 18 meeting is Monday, April 17, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. Delegations are recommended to attend the meeting in person as internet connectivity can be interrupted without notice and impact the ability to participate electronically. To sign up as a delegation, please fill out the form at this link rdn.bc.ca/appearing-as-a-delegation.
    • Delegations who sign up to speak at the meeting after the agenda is published will be included on an addendum to the agenda.
  • January 17, 2023 Update

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    Thank you for your time and effort participating in the review of Ravensong Aquatic Centre Bylaw #899.

    We have hosted five in-person open houses and two virtual open houses. Our last open house is this Wednesday, January 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the BGC Parksville Family Centre, Lobby, 132 Jensen Ave. All Oceanside residents are welcome to attend.

    If you have not yet completed our survey, please do so before Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

    Within the last few days, the following have been added to the Ravensong Aquatic Centre RDN Bylaw #899 project page based on what we have heard from residents:

    • Video recordings of both virtual open houses held on December 12, 2022 and January 9, 2023
    • Staff report, minutes, agenda and video of the May 10, 2022, RDN Board meeting where the bylaw amendment options and procedures were discussed
    • Additional FAQs from residents and answers

    We will continue to update the FAQs and add additional information as needed. Thank you to everyone who has registered to the project page, we will send an enewsletter to those registered, sharing what we heard and next steps when they are available in the coming months.

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