Mark your calendar for our Annual General Meeting on Monday, October 17, 2016. We are always looking for new Board members. Why not consider volunteering? You must live within NOCA’s boundaries and be a paid up member of the association. We currently have seven people on our Board and can have up to nine. Make a difference in your community and meet some pretty nice people!
On April 23, 2016 NOCA organized a tree planting party with the help of the Urban Forestry Department, City of Nanaimo. A number of new trees were planted on Machleary Street between Comox Road and Campbell Street. Residents of the old city had a great time planting the trees!
Join us at Pawson Park (Franklyn and Macheary) for our annual Urban Farm Faire on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from noon to 3 pm.
- Live music
- A pinata and face-painting for the kids
- Plants and veggie starts for sale
- NOCA memberships for sale
A great opportunity to get to know your neighbours! Watch for a flyer in your mail box and posters around the community. See you there!
Thank you to those old city residents who attended our NOCA Annual General Meeting on Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Community Service Centre on the corner of Fitzwilliam and Prideaux Streets.
Residents found out what the Board of Directors has been up to for the past year. They shared their comments and concerns and engaged in lively discussion. They also learned about the Old City Neighbourhood Concept Plan.
Your new Board looks forward to volunteering on your behalf through the coming year.
The following Old City Quarter merchants donated prizes for our 4th annual Urban Farm Faire held in Pawson Park on May 9, 2015. Thank you for your support!
- Old City Organics
- A Wee Cupcakery
- Woofles Barking Boutique
- McLean’s Specialty Foods
- West Coast Classic Floral Design
- Oxy Bar and Grill
- Lobelia’s Lair
- Harbour City Dental Hygiene
- Maffeo Salon
- J & R Farm
If you are a NOCA resident with concerns about speed or parking can contact Yong Zhang, Engineering Traffic, Phone: (250) 755-4460 Ext: 4278 Email: email@example.com directly.
Nanaimo Daily News Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Compromises over a new city zoning bylaw may not be enough to save a historic Nanaimo neighbourhood.
Members of the Nanaimo Old City Association have been pressing city officials to exclude their area from a new city-wide zoning bylaw, claiming it will destroy the “old and unique” heritage homes standing between Howard Avenue and Milton Street.
Nanaimo city council agreed Monday to make several changes, including new design guidelines for the character and type of homes allowed in the area, but the process could take “years,” according to NOCA vice-chair Andrea Blakeman. She’s concerned about what will happen to the integrity of the neighbourhood in the meantime, without a freeze on construction.
“We’ve already seen monstrous box-buildings go up while talks about amendments were going on,” she said. “Who’s to say the same thing won’t happen while we are creating these guidelines?” NOCA has been pushing for changes since the city passed its new zoning bylaw in August.
They are backed by more than 200 residents who expressed similar concerns in a city survey about losing the charm of single family homes to new development.
City council agreed Monday to make bylaw changes that include making the minimum allowable lot size requirement 500 square metres and lowering the maximum height allowance for accessory buildings with secondary suites from seven metres to between 4.5 and 5.5 metres.
They will continue to allow duplexes on corner lots despite resident concerns, but agreed to work on new design guidelines that would control the look of future builds in the area.
© The Daily News (Nanaimo) 2012
Here is a copy of the survey results that were on display at the open house November 29th.
R1 Zoning Open House November 29, 2011
R1 Zoning Open House November 29. 2011