Land Use planning involves using many
different tools to achieve long term stability in the development
of the island land base. In the Islands Trust Area, the focus of
all long-range planning is the preservation of the environment and
There are three basic documents that guide and regulate
development on the islands. At the most general level is the Islands Trust Policy
Statement, which provides a broad planning framework to which
all land use decisions must conform. Official Community Plans and
Land Use Bylaws apply to specific islands or groups of islands.
Official Community Plans
Official Community Plans contain the broad goals and policies
that help guide the preservation and development of an Island.
Official Community Plans are developed with substantial input from
the community, other government agencies and First Nations.
Official Community Plans are adopted and administered by each
Island's Local Trust Committee.
Land Use Bylaws
Land Use Bylaws contain all the regulations that govern the use
and density of the land, as well as other regulations such as
setbacks, height restrictions, parking requirements, signage
restrictions, drainage restrictions and subdivision servicing.
Land Use Bylaws are adopted and administered by each Island's
Local Trust Committee.
All Local Trust Committee bylaws (Official Community Plans,
Land/use Bylaw,) can be amended from time-to-time. The Local Trust
Committee can elect to make changes for the good of the community,
or in response to a community concern. A landowner can make an
application to amend a bylaw to permit a change of use or
To apply for a bylaw amendment, please use an Islands Trust Rezoning Application
The Islands Trust planning staff provides advice to other
agencies on land use related matters. These services include
advising the Provincial Approving Officer on whether or not a
subdivision application is consistent with the local land use
bylaws; advising the Building Inspector whether or not a proposed
building or structure is consistent with local land use bylaws;
advising the Integrated Land Management Bureau whether or not a
lease application is consistent with local land use bylaws. Local
Trust Committees receive applications for exclusion or non-farm use
in the Agricultural Land Reserve and determines whether or not to
forward to the Agricultural Land Commission.
Building Strata Conversions
A building strata conversion is the division of an existing
building into strata lots. In these cases, the landowner must apply
to the Local Trust Committee for a building strata conversion.
A Local Trust Committee has the authority to establish Advisory
Planning Commissions for the purpose of providing advice on all
aspects of planning and land use. The Commissions are made up of
local residents who are appointed for a specific period of time
(usually two years). Some Advisory Planning Commissions are for
specific subjects, such as transportation, aquaculture, and
environmental issues or, for certain development permit areas.