Successful Annual General Meeting

Thank you to the over 30 people who attended our AGM on October 17, 2016.  We recruited four new Board members and enjoyed presentations on emergency preparedness and the traffic circle being built on the corner of Wentworth and Kennedy Streets.   Your community association is alive and well!



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Join our Board of Directors!

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!

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Tree planting on Machleary Street

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!


Planting trees along MachlearyAnother Tree Planted!

The Neighbourhood Team

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Urban Farm Faire on May 14, 2016!

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
  • Food
  • 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!

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2015 AGM on October 26 at 7 pm

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.


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Check out the photos from our Urban Farm Faire!

We held our 4th annual Urban Farm Faire in Pawson Park on Saturday, May 9, 2015.  We had great weather and over 100 residents of the old city came by to visit with their neighbours, listen to live music (thank you Paul Gogo), buy perennials and veggie starts and learn about mason bees, community gardens and the importance of the “3 R’s”.P1050418 P1050420 P1050428 P1050430 P1050431 P1050432P1050435P1050436P1050437P1050438P1050439P1050440P1050446P1050447P1050448P1050449P1050461P1050463P1050467P1050470P1050471P1050473P1050475P1050477P1050478P1050479

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Thank you to Urban Farm Faire Donors

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
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Neighbourhood Traffic Concerns

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: directly.

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What’s Building in my Neighbourhood

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Talks on bylaw may not help historic homes

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. 250-729-4230

© The Daily News (Nanaimo) 2012

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