The City of Nanaimo has informed NOCA that an application has been made for a development permit for the property at 388 Machleary Street. The proposed development is a 14,484 m2 seniors congregate housing facility with 149 units. The property is currently zoned for this type of development.
Additional information regarding the Development Permit process is posted on the City’s website: https://www.nanaimo.ca/property-development/development-applications/development-permits
According to the current CS-1 zoning, seniors congregate housing means “a residential or institutional facility which provides sleeping units or dwelling units for persons all of whom are aged 65 or older, one or more meals per day and housekeeping services, contains a common dining area with a capacity sufficient to accommodate all residents of the residential facility, and may contain accessory personal service and accessory convenience store uses.”
City planning staff do not anticipate any variances with the development. A variance is a permit required to vary things like building setbacks, height, or parking requirements. The City’s review process will be focused on the design (form & character) of the building and site. This means NOCA may provide comments on the design (form & character) of the building and site. You can find the application (including drawings and landscaping) online at https://www.nanaimo.ca/WhatsBuilding/Folder/DP001185
As a resident of the old city, you are invited to provide feedback on the design. NOCA will collect the feedback and share with city planning staff. Please forward your feedback to NOCA by May 18th. Thank you!
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