July 2, 2024

This Week...

Design Advisory Panel membership applications open, be prepared for a FireSmartTM Summer and property taxes are due July 2. Read on for more!

Design Advisory Panel

We are recruiting for one volunteer at-large position on the Design Advisory Panel. The panel considers development permits in relation to guidelines, principles and conformance with the Official Community Plan and reports their findings and opinions to Council. It also provides independent, objective recommendations to the applicant, City staff and Council aimed at improving matters of design that affect the public realm.

Successful applicants will be familiar with urban design guidelines, design principles and have the skills necessary to assist staff in establishing guidelines to ensure that the form and character of future developments is of high quality and meets the needs of the community.

Applications can be filled out on the Design Advisory page on the City website or picked up from Legislative Services in City Hall (455 Wallace Street) and will be accepted until 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2024.


Property Taxes

2024 Property Tax notices mailed in May, are due today, July 2.

Avoid a late payment and pay in person at the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir St). We’re open until 4:30 pm.


2023 Annual Report Highlights

Looking for a snapshot of what the City got up to last year? Check out the 2023 Annual Report Highlights document. In it, you will see some of the work we did to make Nanaimo a community that is livable, environmentally sustainable and full of opportunity for all generations and walks of life as well as a poem from Nanaimo’s Youth Poet Laureate, Paige Pierce.


Pet Friendly Beaches

As much as we all love our furry friends, a reminder that dogs are not allowed on Nanaimo's public beaches between May 1 and October 1, with the exception of designated dog areas such as Invermere beach, Colliery dam and Cable Bay.

Thank you!

Concerts in the Park

Join us for our FREE 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Don't miss Dagger Harbour's performance at McGregor Park on July 10 from 6 – 7 pm.

Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or a blanket and to dress for the weather. See you there!


FireSmartTM Summer

Are you ready for this year’s wildfire season? FireSmartTM BC is here to help you get started and make proven steps toward protecting your home and your community from wildfire. Please remember that beach fires are not allowed in City of Nanaimo.


Lifeguard on Duty

Lifeguards are now on duty at Westwood Lake from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, including statutory holidays, weather permitting until September 2.

Please remember to follow any posted guidelines and stay within designated swimming areas.

Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Here’s a list of up-to-date information on City construction projects. Make sure to plan your commute and, if possible, plan an alternate route. When approaching construction zones, please make sure to slow down, follow any detours that may be in place and obey all signage and traffic personnel instructions. Thank you for your patience!

Midtown Water Supply Project

  • Black Diamond Drive is closed between Jingle Pot Road and Venuti Way to all traffic 24 hours/day. Later in the week Black Diamond Drive between Jingle Pot Road and Coal Tyee Trail will be one-way directional traffic from Coal Tyee Trail towards Jingle Pot Road. A detour is in place for entrance into the Black Diamond Drive neighbourhood.
  • The trail that connects VIU, the Black Diamond neighbourhood and Third Street remains closed to the public. This area is an active construction site.
  • At times, Madsen Road between Bowen Road and Kerrisdale Road will be closed with a detour in place to access off Boxwood Rd and East Wellington Rd to Madsen Rd.
  • Commuters pay close attention to signage and for construction traffic as they enter and exit sections of the project:
    • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road
    • Third Street across from the Rotary Fieldhouse
    • College Drive, near the Parkway intersection
    • Jingle Pot Road, near Black Diamond Drive

Thank you for your patience! Learn more about this project: Midtown Water Supply Upgrades.

Midtown Gateway Phase 2B

  • Boxwood Road, to the north Northfield Road, will be partially closed at times and will only serve exiting vehicle traffic from businesses at 2300/2310 Northfield Road. Patrons can enter businesses using their other access points on Northfield Road. Eastbound left turns from Northfield Road onto Boxwood Road will not be permitted. All businesses remain open and accessible.
  • The westbound lanes of Northfield Road, near the intersection of Boxwood Road, will be reduced to single lane. Westbound left turns from Northfield Road onto Boxwood Road will not be permitted.
  • There will be some recurring lane closures on Bowen Road, between Rosstown Road and Northfield Road. Access to Beban Park and Beban Plaza may be affected at times, please use alternate access. All park amenities and programs, and all businesses, remain open and accessible.
  • At times, Rosstown Road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic between Bowen Road and Whitney Road.

Learn more about this project: Midtown Gateway.

Terminal Avenue

  • Terminal Avenue upgrades are ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street.
  • The mid-block crosswalk at Gordon Street has been temporarily reinstated without signals.
  • Traffic may be reduced to one lane in each direction as landscaping in the median and line painting are ongoing.
  • Water service replacement between Commercial Street and Comox Road will commence on July 3 and take approximately 3 weeks.

Learn more about this project: Terminal Avenue Upgrades.

Extension Road Traffic Calming

  • Commuters can expect delays as construction continues this week.

Learn more about this project: Extension Road Traffic Calming.

Princess Street Area Utility Upgrades

  • Princess Street will be closed between Bing Kee Street and Needham Street from July 2 to August 2 due to utility upgrades.
  • Local and Emergency access will be maintained, no through traffic will be allowed.

Strongitharm Sewer Upgrade

  • Crews will be working on the foreshore of Departure Bay between Randle Road and Battersea Road from July 2 to July 4. Public is asked to avoid this area as there will be delays and limited parking given the construction work area.
  • Parking and beach access on Battersea Road will be restricted.



Work With Us!

We are currently looking for candidates to fill the following positions:

  • Trail Supervisor - Parks
  • Operations Support Supervisor
  • Civil Design Technologist
  • Planning Assistant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Victim Services Worker
  • Assistant Manager, Procurement
  • Building Official
  • Financial Analyst - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • Casual Pool - Custodian Relief
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


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