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July 2018 | Housing Needs Assessment Report

Housing needs assessments are the first step a community can take to understand the gap(s) between the housing needs of its people and the availability of suitable housing to meet that need. The Northern Region Housing Needs Assessment is available here.

Further information on Housing in the Islands Trust is available here.

March 2018 | Agricultural Land Reserve

The Agricultural Land Commission wants to hear from you about farming and the Agricultural Land Reserve.  Please go to for more information. 

October 2017 | Frequently Asked Questions about the Housing Options Review Project

In preparation for an upcoming community information meeting and pubic hearing for Proposed Bylaws 292 (OCP) and 293 (LUB) the LTC has released this document to assist residents and property owners in understanding the proposed changes being considered. 

October 2017 | Gabriola web resources

Village Vision Final Report and Gabriola Commercial Demand Forecast Report have been added to the Gabriola Resources page.

May 2017 | Gabriola Island Special LTC Meeting

There will be a Special Meeting of the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee conducting business related to Advisory Planning Commissions (APC) Bylaw No. 296 on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 11:00am at the Islands Trust Northern Office.  Additional information will be posted to the meeting calendar prior to the meeting. 

March 2017 | Gabriola Island Special LTC Meeting

There will be a Special Meeting of the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee regarding rezoning application GB-RZ-2016.1 (Potlatch Properties, Williamson and Associates) on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 12:00pm at the Gabriola Island Community Hall.  Additional information will be posted to the meeting calendar prior to the meeting.

March 2017 | Meeting of the Gabriola Island Advisory Commission

The Gabriola Island Advisory Commission will be meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Rollo Seniors Centre.  Click here to view the meeting notice.   

March 2017 | Community Information Meeting

There will be a Community Information Meeting regarding rezoning application GB-RZ-2016.1 (Potlatch Properties, Williamson and Associates) on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7pm at the Gabriola Island Community Hall.  Staff presentation and Q+A session to respond to questions received in advance of the meeting.   Please submit your questions in writing regarding the proposal. Click here for further information.    

January 2017 | Gabriola Island Advisory Planning Commission 

The Gabriola Island Advisory Planning Commission will be holding a meeting to discuss draft Bylaw No. 291-Proposed Amendment Bylaw (Signage) on MONDAY, January 9, 2017 (not Tuesday, January 9 as reported in the Gabriola Sounder) at 5:30pm at the Islands Trust Northern Office, 700 North Road, Gabriola Island. The public is welcome to attend.   

December 2016 | Groundwater Recharge Model for Gabriola Island

The final report for the Groundwater Recharge Model for Gabriola Island is now available to view on our website. This report was prepared by Simon Fraser University for the Regional District of Nanaimo and the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee.  

November 2016 | Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee Special Meeting

The Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee hosted a special meeting on Monday December 12 at 4:30 pm at the AGI Hall to discuss the results of the recent housing community survey and potential next steps to the ‘Housing Options Review Project’. The meeting was open to the public and an agenda is posted to the website . For more information please contact or visit our project website.  

May 2016 | GB-RZ-2016.1 (Potlatch Properties), Gabriola Island

The Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee gave consideration to this application to transfer the densities of three properties which lie between Coats Marsh Regional Park and the 707 Community Park to an area near the Island’s Village core in exchange for the donation of the donor properties to the 707 Community Park.  More details here>> 

September 3, 2015 | Community Stewardship Awards presentation

We invite you to celebrate the Gabriola winners and nominees of the Islands Trust 2015 Community Stewardship Awards on Thursday August 10th at 2:30pm at the Agi Hall. More details here>>

August 22, 2015 | Good News for Farmers and Islanders!

Recently adopted Bylaws 274 and 275 amend the Agricultural Land Use Bylaw and Official Community Plan policies to improve famland protection and increase food security.

See the completed project page for details on the positive impacts for the community.

June 19, 2015 | Updated Riparian Areas Regulation Information and Officially Amended Bylaws

The Gabriola Local Trust Committee officially adopted Amendment Bylaw No. 265 and Amendment Bylaw No. 266 to reflect the provincially mandated Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR). For details on the regulation, and how it may affect you as a landowner, please visit the RAR information page here.

June 4, 2015 | Trustee Nicholas makes statement in support of Bridge Free Salish Sea

Gabriola Trustee Heather Nicholas delivered a statement at the BC Legislature when Bridge Free Salish Sea representatives presented their petition. See Trustee Corner for more.

May 7, 2015 | Gabriola Island OCP, Land Use Bylaw Review Complete

The Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee celebrated the completion of its Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaw review. Click here to read the news release.

March 23, 2015 | Local Trust Committee drafts long-range goals for 2014-2018 term

At their first meeting of the term, the Local Trust Committee held a strategic planning session to develop goals for their 4-year term of office. Click here for a summary document from this session.

February, 2015 | LTC Requesting Expressions of Interest for Advisory Commissions

The Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee is requesting expressions of interest for positions on two separate advisory commissions. 

December, 2014 | Trustee Welcome

We would like to welcome Heather Nicholas and Melanie Mamoser as the Trustees for the Gabriola Local Trust Area.  We are also pleased to announce that Trustee Laura Busheikin from the Denman Local Trust Area will be acting as the chairperson for the Local Trust Committee. 

September, 2014 | Local Trust Committee adopts two bylaws: fee reduction for riparian areas development permit and Mudge Island development approval information.

At their September 4, 2014 meeting, the Local Trust Committee took the last step in a process to reduce the fee in development permit area 3, Riparian Areas and adopted Bylaw No. 245 that makes this change. They also adopted Bylaw No. 227 that designates circumstances in which development approval information can be required for development proposals on Mudge Island.

July 21, 2014 | Fee for permit in proposed Riparian Areas Development Permit Area to be reduced to $200

The Local Trust Committee gave 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings to a bylaw to reduce the fee of a permit in proposed Development Permit Area 3 - Riparian Areas from $450 to $200.

June 18, 2014 | Community Information Meeting, Wednesday, June 25, 2014

On June 25, 2014 at 7PM at the Haven, Heron Room: Community Information Meeting regarding proposed new regulations - Proposed Bylaw 273, Implementing Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and Proposed Bylaw Nos. 274 & 275, Strengthening Agriculture and Farmland Protection. 

March 19, 2014 | Climate Change CIM, Thursday, April 3, 2014

Learn about and provide input on proposed climate change implementation regulations being considered for inclusion in the Gabriola Land Use Bylaw.  Join us for this special meeting on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Haven in the Phoenix Auditorium.  Read more >>

January 24, 2014 | Proposed DP-3 Riparian Areas Reduced, New Exemptions Added 

Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee gave second reading to revised bylaws removing 17 properties from the Development Permit Area, reducing the area on 22 additional properties and adding exemptions for a broader range of minor devleopment that can occur without a permit.  Read more>> 

January 17, 2014 | LTC Chair Writes Letter on Proposed Waste Incinerator Site

Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee Chair has written a follow-up letter to the City of Nanaimo regarding the Duke Point proposed waste incinerator site.

December 16, 2013 | LTC Makes Submission on Ferry Service Reductions

Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee has submitted a report by the Gabriola Transporation Advisory Commission and the Ferry Advisory Committee to BC Ferries Coastal Community Engagement. 

December 2, 2013 | Trustees Share Key Messages for Ferry Engagement

The Islands Trust has prepared key messages for Trustees to give in BC Government 2013 Coastal Ferries Community Engagement.

June 19, 2013 |  Riparian Areas Development Permit Areas Bylaws - CIM

Community Information Meeting (CIM) scheduled for June 26 regarding Proposed Bylaw Nos. 265 and 266,  development permit area to protect riparian areas. 

March 14, 2013 | Riparian Areas Development Permit Area Bylaws

Riparian Areas Development Permit Area bylaws are given first reading

March 2013 | Greening Our Shores

February 2013 | Steep Slopes Development Permit Area Project

Steep Slopes Development Permit Area Project Deferred Indefinitely 

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