Development at Charles & Nanaimo

The latest proposed development that seeks to break free of the few restraints imposed on developers by the Grandview Community Plan is for a 6-storey apartment building at Charles & Nanaimo in a zone that is supposed to have a maximum of four storeys.

In addition, as the local Friends of Nanaimo Group notes:

“The Plan required that Nanaimo redevelopment occur only where it backed onto north-south alleys to limit intrusion into the neighbourhood. The new 6-storey proposal for Charles and Nanaimo does not back onto a north-south alley. The entrance/exit for vehicles in the square block spot rezoning is the east-west alley. On the west side, this alley ends at Lord Nelson School’s front door.”

The Friends report that the Urban Design Panel reviewed the Charles Street proposal and expressed “sufficient concern” that the developers had to revise their proposal.  However, even after the revision, the proposal kept its relative mass and height, and City Planning appears to be encouraging this enterprise.

Now, the Friends suddenly learn, the final decision by City Council will be made after a public hearing on September 15th, 2020.

Here is what you can do to help prevent this new attack on what we reluctantly agreed to in the Community Plan. Register either online or by phone (604-829-4238) to speak at the Public Hearing. You may speak either on the phone or in person. The registration deadline is 5:30 p.m., the same day as the hearing, September 15th, 2020.

Or you can send a comment directly to the Mayor and Councillors at

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