This will be one of the biggest issues, along with Colliery Dams, moving forward into the next council mandate. Discussion has happened with the Watson & Habkirk Reports but no final decisions made.
The one to really pay attention to is the Eli Mina report as it will, if adopted, severely curtail public input. Participatory Democracy is a tenet of Nanaimo's Strategic plan and is something I have been encouraging since getting involved in the municipal process.
It is something I will fight for when elected to council as well as greater opportunity's for such.
Governance Framework, Watson - July 2013: http://www.nanaimo.ca/assets/Municipal~Hall/City~Council/Publications~and~Forms/2013WatsonGovernanceFrameworkSummaryReport.pdf
April 16 Pages 4 thru 21 Habkirk report:https://www.nanaimo.ca/UploadedFilesPath/Site_Structure/Corporate_Services/Corporate_Administration/2014_Committee_Agendas/SOGSC140416A.pdf
March 27 Pages 6 - 27 Eli Mina Report: https://www.nanaimo.ca/UploadedFilesPath/Site_Structure/Corporate_Services/Corporate_Administration/2014_Committee_Agendas/SOGSC140327A.pdf
From Jim Taylor Blog:
Staff Views, turn it loudhttp://www.nanaimo-info-blog.com/2014/04/nanaimo-city-hall-killing-democracy.html
Agenda May 15 pgs 4 - 44 https://www.nanaimo.ca/UploadedFilesPath/Site_Structure/Corporate_Services/Corporate_Administration/2014_Committee_Agendas/SOGSC140515A.pdf
May 21 Governance Review Agenda:
Council roles, responsibilities and relationships pgs 5 - 21https://www.nanaimo.ca/UploadedFilesPath/Site_Structure/Corporate_Services/Corporate_Administration/2014_Committee_Agendas/SOGSC140521A.pdf
Link to ALL Governance Steering Committee Agendas/Minutes:http://www.nanaimo.ca/meetings/?Q=&Year=ALL&Abbreviation=GSC
Surprisingly there have not been that many.
May 21st http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLanAKY2RqlVo391nu0oKRze4JtRHQ5f0X
Council Meeting Monday June 9, 2014http://www.nanaimo.ca/meetings/VideoPlayer/Index/C140609V