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Oct 26, 2022
If the city approves the rezoning it would “effectively dismantle the reconciliation-based processes that we have worked hard to put in place,” Snuneymuxw Acting Chief Bill Yoachim says.
A major redevelopment on the north edge of downtown Nanaimo has won unanimous support from city council but the Snuneymuxw First Nation is opposed to the plan.
Bylaws needed to turn the land at Comox Road, 55 Mill Street and One Terminal Ave. into a comprehensive development district zone were passed at third reading at council’s Monday meeting. The vote follows an earlier public hearing. Fourth reading is required to fully enact the bylaws.
Snuneymuxw Acting Chief Bill Yoachim said in a letter to city hall that the planned development is located at Sxwayxum village, an archaeological site, and the nation is opposed to the rezoning plan.
The site carries “significant cultural, legal and historical significance,” to the First Nation, he said.
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