A rendering of how a proposed hotel, Diver Lake Inn, might look along Shenton Road. (Ian A. Niamath Architect image)

A rendering of how a proposed hotel, Diver Lake Inn, might look along Shenton Road. (Ian A. Niamath Architect image)

Proposed hotel at Nanaimo’s Diver Lake makes it through public hearing process

Plans are for a 72-room hotel on Shenton Road

A planned hotel on the shore of Diver Lake advanced through the public hearing stage and is expected to be able to proceed to the development stage.

City council, at a public hearing Sept. 23, gave third reading to official community plan and re-zoning amendments for the Diver Lake Inn at 3679 Shenton Rd.

The property owner wishes to build a 72-room hotel which would be three storeys facing Shenton Road and four storeys facing Diver Lake.

A letter of rationale from Bill McKay and Associates, which submitted the application on behalf of owner Western LL Holding Ltd., says the hotel will “provide a higher standard of overnight accommodations and enrich the visitor’s experience while staying in the City of Nanaimo,” and would “reinforce the city’s commitment to the long-term development of the tourism industry in Nanaimo.”

According to a city staff report from earlier this summer, the Wellington Action Committee “noted agreement in principle to the proposed hotel development, and strong support for green space improvements in the neighbourhood such as a trail around the lake’s north rim.”

A $136,000 community contribution for parks and trail improvements is a condition of re-zoning.

No one spoke for or against the application at last week’s public hearing. One piece of correspondence was received opposing the application.

Council voted 7-0 to pass third reading of the OCP and re-zoning amendments with councillors Jim Turley and Tyler Brown absent.

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