Single Detached Up 2 Units Multiple Starts Up 4 Units
Single detached housing starts in Nanaimo increased in Januaryfrom 32 in 2015 to 34 in 2016 while multi-family units increased from 26 in 2015 to 30 in 2016 resulting in a combined total of 64 units in 2016 as opposed to 58 units in 2015. YTD Totals are the same, as this is the first month How Nanaimo Compares (for January 2016) The following shows YTD housing start data for comparable urban centres:
The following information is
taken from the MLS sales data from the Vancouver Island Real Estate
Board. The information is based on single-family residential unit sales.
The month of January 2016 saw 63 homes sold, compared with 73 homes the previous month, and compared with 63 homes sold in January2015. This represents a 0% increase when compared with last year.
The average sale price increased in January2016 to $386,056.00 compared with $366,694.00 in January 2015 an increase of 5%. The median Nanaimo house price for January 2016 was $350,000.00.
cautions that average price information can be useful in establishing
trends over time, but does not indicate the actual prices in centers
comprised of widely divergent neighbourhoods or account for price
differential between geographic areas. In January 2016, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB area was $340,200, up 5.94 per cent from one year ago. Benchmark pricing tracks the value of a typical home in the reported area. The average MLS® price of a singlefamily home in January was $365,850, a seven per cent increase from January 2015 and up slightly over last month. The January 2016 benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $268,300, down 1.22 per cent from last year. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price was $332,100, up 3.77 per cent from 2015. Duncan reported a benchmark price of $304,700, an increase of 7.22 per cent over the same month in 2015. Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose 6.17 per cent to $358,200 while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price rise by 10.03 per cent to $388,000. The price for a benchmark home in Port Alberni was $186,800, an increase of 10.64 per cent since January 2015.
The Lions Club of Nanaimo will once again be hosting Free Everyone Welcome skate
sessions from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm on Sundays from Sept.13/15 until March 27, 2016 at Frank Crane
Arena. On Nanaimo Clippers Junior 'A' game days, the Lions Free Skate will run
from 10:45 am to 12:30 pm. This valued project continues the long tradition of
the Nanaimo volunteer service to the community of Nanaimo. The Lions Free Everyone Welcome
skate sessions include admission, helmets and skate rentals.
There will not be a Lions Free Everyone Welcome skate session on
December 27 due to the Winter Wonderland event.
City gives away $4 million building in 2012 New owner still not paying any taxes
Regular readers of this blog will know that the saga surrounding the old and new city annexes are a prime example of wasted tax dollars. Previous senior management and two Council's on John Ruttan's watch arguably set fire to several million tax dollars under the guise of 'safety' and concern about the outcome from a seismic event.
At least $16,000,000 went into the new annex (now called the SARC) building, which arguably was only needed because senior staff of the day wanted a new playpen. The old annex on Franklyn Street had it's value completely gutted by attaching a covenant requiring demolition or a seismic upgrade. This upgrade would not have been required under the building code and I suspect this was put in place to avoid any possible embarrassment should a new owner come along and a new engineers report debunk the 'safety' issue. Remember the city did have an engineer tell us how dangerous the Colliery dam was, only to later find out, that was not accurate. Could another look at the old annex have disproven the first report? The $4,000,000 Giveaway
In 2012 it was announced by the City, that the old annex at 238 Franklyn Street was being sold to a company called Tectonica for the sum of $2. There was however a condition attached to that sale. The company would have to either demolish the structure or undertake a seismic upgrade within 2 years, or the property could revert to the city. The actual 2 year clock did not start running until 2014 however, meaning Tectonica was to have fulfilled their part of the deal by January of this year or the property could revert back to city taxpayers.
It turns out, that in October of last year, at one of those secret in-camera meetings, this new council extended the time for the upgrade for another 5 years. It will likely require an FOI request to determine exactly why this extension was granted in-camera and why until now there has been no public disclosure of that secret deal. No Taxes Being Paid
My attention was drawn to this whole affair when I noticed that BC Assessment was only assessing this land and building at $2, given a similar lot nearby had an assessed value of over $600,000.00 for land only. I noticed this last year and told the city, thinking they would ask BC Assessment to put a proper evaluation on the property, so the taxes could be collected.
I contacted the city for clarification on the assessment and then became aware of this in-camera deal. Arguably this is not a good deal for the Nanaimo taxpayer. It is however a very good deal for Tectonica and Mr. Darren Moss. They apparently have a 5 year option to purchase agreement, on a valuable piece of property, on which they pay no taxes, and forfeit nothing if they don't perform.
BC Assessment explained to the city that because the city had put a covenant on the property that the building could not be used until upgraded that they valued the entire package at $2.00. I am still waiting for someone from BC Assessment to explain why this makes the land of no value. If not using the land makes it of no value, then there should be no assessed value on vacant land, by the same logic.
A Good Deal For Taxpayers
If this council had the taxpayers interest truly at heart, they would take possession of the property. Remove the covenant, and put the property on the market and try and salvage some of those tax dollars council's have so carelessly thrown away.
An article in the Vancouver Sun reports the ongoing battle for the Hell's Angles clubhouse on Victoria Rd. in Nanaimo is still slowly grinding through the legal system. The article states: Last year, the director of civil forfeiture changed its strategy in the case, dropping allegations of past criminal conduct and claiming only that the clubhouse should be seized because it would be used in the future to commit crimes.
So the bikers went back to the B.C. Supreme Court judge overseeing the protracted proceedings and asked to regain access to the building pending the trial in May 2017.
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City temporarily recesses Committees and Commissions during Core Services
With the Core Services Review underway and with
recommendations from the review's findings due in early May, Council has
determined that meetings scheduled for some of the City's Committees and
Commissions will be temporarily recessed until the review is completed.
This decision is intended to focus the City's attention and resources on
the business of effectively completing the Core Services Review during the
slated three-month time line. Of the City's 13 Committees and Commissions, the
following eight are impacted.
* Advisory Committee on Environmental
Sustainability * Grants Advisory Committee * Nanaimo Culture and Heritage
Commission * Parks and Recreation Commission * Planning and Transportation
Advisory Committee * Red/Green Tape Committee (has not commenced) * Safer
Nanaimo Advisory Committee * Social Planning Advisory
three-month recess, Committee and Commission business will be addressed as
follows: Directors will be responsible for day-to-day issues; the City Manager
will address overall operational issues; and Council's direction will be sought
on big picture policy and operational decisions.
Commission members have been encouraged to contact City staff or appear before
Council if they wish to raise or discuss Committee and Commission matters during
this upcoming three-month period.
"In February 2015,
Council made a number of changes to the Committee and Commission structures,
including direction that the Committee and Commission structures would be
considered as part of the Core Services Review. This week's decision to recess
eight of the 13 Committees and Commissions supports Council’s direction from
early 2015 and prioritizes focusing resources and time on the objectives of the
Core Services Review." - Toby Seward City of Nanaimo
Nominations for the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards finds nearly 90 businesses on a list for consideration for the 16th annual awards – the largest nomination field ever. The business community still has until February 8 to nominate more candidates in the 2016 competition. There are 18 categories open for ‘best of the best’ nominations ranging from manufacturing and technology to retail, restaurants, youth initiatives and much more. The Chamber of Commerce Awards have established themselves on the mid-Island as the “number one universal ‘recognition of business excellence event” on the Island. According to Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO, “The Awards help create pride of place with a little friendly competition in the business community. Surely, if you have a friend in business, in your neighbourhood or network who deserves special recognition – let us know through a nomination! We welcome any business in the region to nominate themselves or their colleagues, their employers, and their employees.” Categories include: Tourism, Retail, Downtown Restaurant, Downtown Business, Professional Services, Hospitality, Arts & Culture, Community Service, Science, Technology, Construction, Arts & Culture, Best Employee and more. Check our website for more details at www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca This is the 16th annual event presented by the Chamber. Nominations are open to all businesses in the Greater Nanaimo area. The “who’s who” of the business community will celebrate with finalists at an “Oscar Style” Awards Show on March 4 in the Port Theatre with red carpets, paparazzi, jazz in the lobby and on-stage and plenty of bubbly available! Tickets – just $39 -- at the Port Theatre Box Office. More information and nominations at www.nanamochamber.bc.ca
before 10:30 am on Thursday February 4, 2016 a lock down was initiated at the
Nanaimo Vancouver Island University (VIU) campus after reports were received of
a male with an object that appeared to be a handgun.
per VIU policy, all students and staff were locked within their respective
buildings. The Nanaimo RCMP attended and began searching the campus for the
11:00 am, the search was concluded as the male was not located. This information
was forwarded to the senior administration at VIU and their decision was to lift
the lock down and resume normal activities on campus.
Nanaimo RMP is continuing with their investigation. They will be
reviewing surveillance tapes and speaking with witnesses to the incident. If
anyone has information they are asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at
250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo
or submit a TIP online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com
An alarmed storage container was enough to deter late night thieves from
making off with a local contractor’s tools. At approximately 3:30 am on
Wednesday February 3, an attempted theft
occurred at a construction site on Kaz Court. When police arrived the only thing
missing was the lock to the storage container; all tools were accounted
The storage container was rigged with an audible alarm thus preventing
the theft from occurring. The owner of the storage container, Chris MITCHELL , a
local building contractor, experienced firsthand the impact thieves can have on
his livelihood. In 2012 his tools were stored in a similar container but it was
not secured. When he arrived at work the next day, the container was empty
and gone were 10,000 dollars in tools. This effectively put his ten employees
out of work until the tools could be replaced.
MITCHELL had enough and decided to purchase an alarm for his container.
Now, when he leaves the job site, he rests easy knowing if the door is opened,
an alarm sounds. MITCHELL even went a step further and installed an infra-red
camera. When the door opens, the
camera snaps a picture and even sends a text to his
phone with the picture attached.
The Nanaimo RCMP encourages all building contractors to consider
installing similar devices. The cost of purchasing and installing this
equipment is significantly less than the replacement cost of new
It’s time for entrepreneurs across the country to polish up their pitches to be part of Dragons' Den! This February our producers are hitting the road on a 35-city audition tour to find Canada's best small businesses in need of a Dragon investment.
The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. Aspiring entrepreneurs should prepare to pitch their concept to the Dragons' Den producers in five minutes or less. If they show the producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons. Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online and bring a completed application form to the audition.
To get your business on Dragons' Den, you must fill out the online application. If you plan on auditioning in person as well, please submit your online application first. Auditioning in person is very helpful, but not necessary to get on the show.
Dianna David at the Vancouver Island Regional Library
Harbourfront Branch Feb. 4 at
Dianna David is leading Crimson Coast's Body Talk Program this
year. Spring Break is going to be AWESOME! Her talk is to kick off the Spring
Break program registration. This is open to all ages - especially
As a Transformational Entertainer, Inspirational Speaker, Creative
Educator, kid whisperer, humanitarian, freestyle dancer and human being, she
travels the world inspiring people of all ages to live a life of PLAY: Passion,
Love, Art and Youthfulness. The art of play opens us up to seeing infinite
possibilities of a life we’ve always desired to live.
Presented by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the 11th Annual Vancouver Island Short
Film Festival celebrates the best short films from Vancouver Island and around
the world. All films are 12 minutes or less and include a diverse range of
genres and styles.
The festival has three shows this year at the
Vancouver Island University Theatre on February 12 and 13, 2016. The opening
night will start at 7pm and will also feature a musical performance by Nanaimo’s
own Boomshack! After the matinee on Saturday at 2pm, there will be a filmmakers
Q&A with several of the films’ directors. Following the final show on
Saturday at 7pm there will be the Awards Ceremony and after-party at the
Firehouse Grill. All the films will be shown at each of the three
the past 28 years, professional artists and amateur painters have come together
each spring to create beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art in the form of street
banners. These colourful, hand-painted banners are installed on lampposts around
Nanaimo for residents and visitors to enjoy from May to October. Festival of
Banners brings people together for skill sharing, learning and fun, and adds
vibrancy to our city streets.
At this week's city council meeting Council opted to renew a policy allowing for free parking in the evenings and on the weekends in the downtown business area. John Cooper appeared on behalf of the DNBIA to report that the pilot program which launched in 2015 has been a success in terms of attracting more people to the downtown business area. This means you may park for free at any of the on-street meters and the Bastion parkade any evening and on the weekends. Areas which are not metered but have two hour limits are still enforced on the weekend. This policy does not apply to the Harbourfront parkade or parking at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. It should be noted that there are some private parking lots in the downtown core where this policy does not apply.
Charges of Aggravated Assault have been laid against 3 adults following a
brawl on December 6th, 2015 at a north end Nanaimo
31 year old Jeremiah TAYLOR, 28 year old Sunjay SHARMA and 25 year old
Hamzah Subhan KHAN, all of Nanaimo, were formally charged on December
16 with one count each of Aggravated Assault.
All appeared in Nanaimo Provincial court and were later released on a
Recognizance of Bail with their first court appearance set for Tuesday February
2, 2016. All three appeared
as scheduled and a date of September 2nd, 2016 has been set for a preliminary
Various conditions were imposed on the three; of note, they are
prohibited from entering any establishment were liquor is sold and they are not
allowed to communicate with each other for the duration of the court
Unsolved crimes January 28th to February 2nd,
1. Nanaimo 2016-2644 On Wednesday January 27, between 3 pm
and 5:30 pm a Banana Republic grey overcoat and Apple I-phone were stolen from
an unlocked locker at the Nanaimo Aquatic
2. Nanaimo file # 2016-2775 On Thursday January 28, at
approximately 4:45 pm a male was found hiding inside a business located at
371 Franklyn St. A witness told police she was locking up for
the night when she came upon the suspect hiding behind her office door. She
confronted him and he soon left. The suspect is a First Nations male, 20-30
years of age, 150 pounds, 5 ft. 8 and was dressed in all
3. Nanaimo file # 2016-2804 On Friday January 29, a child's
bike was stolen from an unlocked shed at 305 Watfield Drive.
The bike may have been taken around 4 am. The bike is a one speed, lime green
and the front wheel is green and black. The front and rear tires have two pegs
each and there are stickers on the bike that says "Zombie" and
4. Nanaimo file # 2016-2814 On Friday January 29, community
mail boxes were pried open at 2109 Meredith Rd. The public is
asked to be vigilant and report all suspicious activity around any community
5. Nanaimo file # 2016-3074 On Saturday January 30, at 7:44
am a break and enter occurred at 154 Promenade Drive. Video
surveillance showed two males picking open the main front door and then going up
the elevator. No break and enter or thefts were later reported. The first
male was dressed all in black and carried an Adidas backpack. The second male
wore a grey hoodie ,had red shoes on and acted as a look
6. Nanaimo file # 2016-3089 On Monday February 1, between 8
am and 11 am a bicycle was stolen from a bike rack at Vancouver Island
University. The bike is a red and black Jamis, 24 speed with a 19 inch
frame. The serial # is Y14L003713. The bike was locked and the lock was left
behind in the bike rack.
The City of Nanaimo
is currently developing a new website and is seeking the public's input. This is
the second time public input has been sought - earlier feedback from the public
provided direction that information should be more easily found and understood,
and that the website should provide a better experience on mobile devices such
as smart phones. With the design portion of this project now underway, we would
appreciate help in the following ways:
Join us February 16th for a
small focus group meeting to help guide the "look and feel" of the website. If
you are interested in participating, please email the contact at the bottom of
this news release.
Help us by validating the placement of information
on our website by completing an online exercise. This will help ensure that the
information is in the location that the majority of residents would expect to
find it. You can complete this exercise using the link below in the online
version of this press release.
The $18 million outfall replacement project is completing the work of dredging, drilling and blasting in the current fisheries window. The actual installation of the 2km of outfall pipe will take place sometime in the June - September fisheries window. The new pipe will be filled with air and floated into place, filled with water to sink in place and will be held in place with large concrete collars. The treated sewage outfall will be in 70 metres of water, 2 km out in the Strait. This will replace the current pipe which unfortunately is having to be replaced about 20 years before it was expected. In the past year there were two cases of the pipe failing at the shoreline at Morningside Park.