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Welcome to the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area

The largest of the southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island is home to over 10,000 people and is one of Canada's top tourism and retirement destinations. The Salt Spring Island trust area enjoys one of the warmest year-round climates in Canada, and is popular for its easy-going lifestyle, rich culture and serene beauty. Encompassing nearly 20,000 hectares and including numerous islets, the Local Trust Area is located 11 kilometres north of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal on Vancouver Island.

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Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee News

January 26, 2019 | Community Information Meeting and Town Hall

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (LTC) has proposed a Special Property Tax Requisition of $98,500 to continue funding collaborative watershed management on the Island through the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance (SSIWPA).  On Saturday, January 26, come learn more about the proposed tax requisition, SSIWPA's work, and share your thoughts with the Local Trust Committee ahead of the LTC's final recommendation to Islands Trust Council on the matter.  For more information, click here.

December 6, 2018 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights

The SSI LTC:  Directed staff to conduct a public strategic planning session to identify LTC priorities;  Assigned Bylaw 471 as a Special Project;  Advanced the Watershed project and requested staff schedule a community information meeting on the property tax requisition for coordination of SSIWPA;  Re-referred the Industrial Lands Bylaws to select agencies;  Added “Protecting the Coastal Douglas-fir Zone and Associated Ecosystems Tool Kit” to the projects list;  and Requested that Notices of Intention to apply for a Federal Cannabis License be included in LTC meeting agendas.

The SSI LTC requested:  a Public Hearing be scheduled for 155 Rainbow Road and requested the applicant for 161 Fulford-Ganges Road work with the BC Archaeology Branch to place a Notice of Heritage Status on title.

The SSI LTC approved: a dock at 416 Old Scott Road;  removal of a heritage apple tree at 125 Rainbow Road;  the siting of a picnic shelter at 355 Blackburn Road;  a Soil Deposit and Removal Permit  for 170 Jones Road (with conditions);  and the setback variance at 195 Head Street. They deferred the variance application for 185 Grantville Street.


**CANCELLED**   November 15, 2018 | SSI LTC Regular Scheduled Meeting is cancelled

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Hart Bradley Hall, Lions’ Club, 103 Bonnet Avenue. The proposed meeting agenda is usually available one week prior to the meeting and may be obtained at the Islands Trust office or on our website.


October 18, 2018 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights

The SSI LTC:  Requested a special property tax requisition for up to $98,500 to fund coordination of Watershed Management in the 2019/2020 fiscal year;   Endorsed the 2018 Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance strategic planning project;   Amended and adopted Bylaw 514 regarding Fee Amendments for Non-Medical Cannabis Retail License Application Fees and Other Minor Fee Bylaw Amendments;   Directed staff to forward the staff report regarding Short Term Vacation Rental Enforcement to the next SSI LTC;  Referred the DP for 118 Jackson Avenue to the SSI APC; and Deferred several items.


**CANCELLED**   Community Information Meeting and Public Hearing for Bylaws 488, 489 and 490

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (LTC) has voted to cancel the October 16, 2018 Community Information Meeting and Public Hearing for Bylaws 488, 489 and 490. 

These bylaws are the culmination of the LTC’s Industrial Lands Review Project which seeks to encourage socio-economic diversity and enhance community economic sustainability on Salt Spring Island by meeting commercial industrial land needs for the next 25 years. However, recent amendments to Bylaws 488, 489 and 490 have generated significant community interest that the LTC wants to better understand before further advancing the bylaws. 

“Since the scheduling two weeks ago of a public hearing for Bylaws 488, 489 and 490, the LTC has received a significant volume of correspondence concerning the proposed land use changes,” said LTC chair Peter Luckham. “Rather than proceed to public hearing at the present time, the LTC has determined that it would be better to carefully review the feedback our community has provided. From here, the LTC can determine what, if any, further changes should be considered to the proposed bylaws.” 

Bylaws 488, 489 and 490 replace existing “industrial” zones on Salt Spring Island with three categories of “general employment” zones that provide greater flexibility for land owners and their tenants to pursue a range of uses that will keep Salt Spring islanders working. The bylaws also lay out policies for locating future “general employment” growth areas on the island. 

Pending review and consideration of the correspondence they have received over the past two weeks, the LTC may schedule a new Community Information Meeting and Public Hearing for Bylaws 488, 489 and 490 at a future date.   Industrial Land Use Project Page


September 27, 2018 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee:  Approved the revised Affordable Rental Housing – Cottages Project Charter, read Bylaw 512 a first time, Referred it to the APC, AAPC, agencies and First Nations, and requested staff engage a legal review and schedule a Community Information Meeting;   Regarding the Industrial Lands Review Bylaws 488, 489 and 490 - rescinded and amended Bylaw 488, amended Bylaws 489 and 490, read all 3 a second time and directed staff to schedule a Community Information Meeting and public hearing for the Bylaws;   Read Bylaw 514 (increase the proposed Non-Medical Cannabis Retail License Application Fee from $3,400 to $4000.) a third time and asked that it be forwarded for approval;  Received a memorandum regarding a Crown Lease Referral for Booth Bay Shellfish Aquaculture Tenure application. Predator netting information will be included for future applications;   Regarding a rezoning application for 34 affordable dwelling units and office use at 132 Corbett Road, SSI (Croftonbrook) , the LTC: accepted a Sec. 219 covenant, amended and read Bylaw No. 507 a third time and requested it be forwarded for approval. Conditions must be fulfilled before adoption of Bylaw 507. The SSI LTC read Bylaw 513, a first, second, and third time and forwarded it for approval. Further on 132 Corbett Road, a DP for 22 dwelling units in a two-storey apartment building was approved with conditions; Read Bylaw No. 515 (regarding a Land Use Bylaw amendment for 47 seniors affordable dwelling units at 154 Kings Lane) a first time and referred it to agencies, community groups, and First Nations;   requested that the applicant for 133, 177 & 201 Suneagle Drive submit watershed analysis report;   and Approved issuance of a DP with conditions for 185 Grantville Street and deferred issuance of the DVP pending further information;  approved issuance of the DP for 370 Baker Road and exempted the subdivision from the 10% minimum lot frontage. 

To allow staff and the applicant to explore further options, the SSI LTC deferred consideration of the application for 1257 Isabella Point Road to convert two previously occupied residential buildings from single title to two building strata lots; and, regarding an application to convert a previously occupied residential duplex at 162 Maliview Drive from single title to two building strata lots, the SSI LTC approved the application in principal subject to conditions. 

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