Successful Neighbourhood Cleanup Day!

It was a warm and sunny day, perfect weather for our first neighbourhood cleanup day.  In addition to asking old city residents to spend some time sprucing up their yards and collecting litter, a NOCA member offered the use of a 4’x 8′ trailer for anyone who needed larger items or garden waste too big for their green bin, to be picked up.  A team of volunteers made a total of 6 stops, including one a drop-off of 5 buckets of bricks!  Nine households took advantage of the offer. 155 kg of garbage and metal recycling was dropped off at the Nanaimo Regional Landfill.  Stay tuned for our fall event and continue to take pride in your neighbourhood!

Spring Cleanup 2021


April 17 – Neighbourhood Cleanup Day!

It has been said, “You can be a good neighbour only if you have good neighbours.” (Howard E. Koch) It may be that the opposite is also true; to have good neighbours, you must be a good neighbour and so, with that intent in mind, we are offering you a bonus option with your participation in our Neighbourhood Cleanup Party on April 17.

Our neighbours at the Regional District of Nanaimo allow us, as a community clean-up event, to drop one load of yard waste and garbage at the landfill for no charge. Another of our neighbours has donated the use of her time and her trailer to transport waste you may not have room for in your regular bin!

Please note — We will be picking up, by appointment only, between 3:30 and 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 17.  All items need to be bagged, boxed or bundled and on the boulevard next to the street. Also, one person should be waiting, with the items needing pick-up, to help us categorize and load them. (If you cannot be there, perhaps you have a good neighbour who would be there in your place.)

To book your Saturday pick-up appointment: 

  • Send an email requesting a pick-up to before 5 pm on Friday, April 16.
  • Make sure you include your street address and the name of phone number of the person who will be on the boulevard ready to load.

Brought to you by the Nanaimo Old City Association!


Neighbourhood Safety Audit

Dear Nanaimo Old City Neighbourhood residents and businesses,

The Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Program invites you to complete a survey that will help gauge levels of safety in our neighbourhood.  This survey is a first step in the Neighbourhood Safety Audits Initiative.  

Dates have not yet been set for the Safety Audits.  However, completed surveys will help to identify areas in our neighbourhood the audit should focus on.  Dates will be set in the upcoming weeks.

The survey for the Old City Neighbourhood can be accessed directly by entering this link into your web browser or clicking here:

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time and all responses to the survey will remain confident and anonymous. The Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Program thanks you for taking the time to participate in this survey as it will further improve their ability to work with various neighborhoods in Nanaimo.

*if you would like a paper copy of this survey please call 250-755-3163

For more information on the Neighbourhood Safety Audits or to register for our Neighbourhood’s Safety Audit please go to: or call the Community Policing Coordinator at 250-755-3163 or via email at or


BC Housing wants to hear from you!

BC Housing is proposing to build 51 new permanent homes with supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Nanaimo. These homes will be built at 285 Prideaux Street, which is currently home to the Community Services Building owned by the City of Nanaimo.

BC Housing invites input from residents of the old city on the design of the landscaping and the exterior finishes of the building. You can learn more at

The survey will remain open until January 6, 2021.

New Board of Directors elected

NOCA members elected a new Board of Directors at our AGM on October 19, 2020. Serving you for the 2020/2021 term:

Joy Adams Bauer, Diane Caldwell-Demon, Chelsea Challis, Erin Chaba, Anna Mosolov, Mayta Ryn, Barbara Schreiber

AGM on Monday, October 19 at 7 pm

Mark your calendars for our Annual General Meeting to be held via Zoom on Monday, October 19 at 7 pm.  All paid up members will receive the Zoom invitation a few days before the meeting.  We are not charging membership dues for the coming year which means all current members will remain as members for 2020/2021.

Help elect your new Board of Directors, learn about development in the old city and about Re-imagine Nanaimo.

City of Nanaimo response to 388 Machleary letter

The City of Nanaimo has responded to NOCA’s letter of May 25, 2020 to the planning department re the development permit application for 388 Machleary Street. You can read the response here.

You can view the development permit application here.

NOCA’s response to 388 Machleary Development Permit Application

Thank you to those neighbourhood residents who provided comments on the Development Permit Application for 388 Machleary Street.

NOCA sent the letter below to staff in the planning department who will consider our comments and communicate back with the applicant.  Once the application has been reviewed by internal departments at the city (including the Engineering and Transportation Sections), planning staff will follow-up in response to the questions posed in the letter.

NOCA’s response letter

388 Machleary Street Update

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:

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

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!

Being a good neighbour in uncertain times

As we all learn how best to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic that has gripped our world, let’s remember to look out for one another.  The NOCA Board of Directors reminds you to keep an eye on your neighbours while remembering social distancing precautions.  Follow the advice of health professionals. Check the links below.

Public Health Agency of Canada

BC Centre for Disease Control