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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**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
August 16, 2018 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights
Public Hearings were held for Proposed Bylaws 500 and 501 - 270 Furness Road and Proposed Bylaws 498 and 499 - 347 Bridgman Road.
The SSI LTC: Rescinded 2nd and 3rd readings of Bylaws 489 and 490 (Industrial Lands Review Project), amended them and directed staff to review Bylaws 488, 489 and 490 for technical soundness and to recommended revisions before the bylaws are further advanced; Received a memorandum regarding the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance (SSIWPA) Annual Report 2017; Received a staff report regarding Regulation of Cannabis Production and Retail Sales and Non-Medical Cannabis Retail License Application Fees; adopted resolutions regarding the processing of applications; and requested staff prepare a fees bylaw for Liquor Control and Licensing Branch non-medical cannabis retail license applications; Deferred the DVP for 123 Ashya Rd until the owner complies with the requirements for a previous application; Approved the DVP for the siting of a garage within the setbacks at 181 Main St; Approved the DP and DVP (2611 Fulford Ganges Rd) to permit installation of a bridge across Fulford Creek; Approved the DP to permit a washroom facility at the Vesuvius Ferry Terminal; Read Bylaws No. 498 and 499 (347 Bridgman Rd) a third time and asked they be forwarded for approval; and Amended Bylaw 500 and read it, and Bylaw 501, a third time to permit a brewery on a Rural zoned lot at 270 Furness Rd and forwarded them for approval.
The SSI LTC also: Amended Bylaw 511 and read Bylaws 510 and 511 (regarding a proposed Rezoning from Residential 6 to Commercial 2(c) for 155 Rainbow Rd) a first time and referred them to agencies, First Nations, the APC and the AAPC and directed staff to work with the applicant toward developing solutions to addressing issues related to parking and commercial loading on the subject property; and Authorized a tree removal request for 169 Seymour Hts and requested staff report on the implications of reducing lot ratio currently set in Rural Upland, and report on options to covenants to protect trees in rural upland areas.
Based on information provided about the proposed occupation by the applicant, the SSI LTC is satisfied that lands for the Croftonbrook expansion (132 Corbett Rd) provide a suitable supply of potable water. The SSILTC will advise the Trust Programs Committee that the SSILTC has experienced barriers to engaging service providers/other agencies when addressing various issues, and the SSILTC requested Chair Luckham and staff meet with Cowichan Tribes regarding Harbour House Hotel rezoning decisions.
July 11, 2018 | Community Information Meeting and Public Hearing for Bylaw 507 (Croftonbrook)
-which amends Section 9.9 - Residential Zones, of the Salt Spring Island Land use Bylaw to:
• Permit a maximum of 74 dwelling units, with a minimum of 34 aﬀordable housing dwelling units;
• Permit oﬀice use.
Community Information Meeting Wednesday July 11th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. with the Public Hearing following at 6:30 p.m. Public Hearing Notice
June 7, 2018 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights
The SSI LTC held a Community Information Meeting (CIM) and Public Hearing (PH) for Proposed Bylaw 508 - an application for a proposed LUB amendment and rezoning to permit up to 55 commercial guest accommodation units and up to 3 accessory dwelling units at 121 Upper Ganges Road (Harbour House Hotel). Later in the meeting, the LTC concluded that existing building setbacks are sufficient and no additional vegetative buffer should be required as a condition of bylaw adoption. They then amended and read Bylaw 508 a third time and asked that it be forwarded to EC for approval.
The LTC also amended and gave second reading to Proposed Bylaw 507 for Croftonbrook - a rezoning application to allow 34 affordable dwelling units and office use at 132 Corbett Road - and requested staff schedule a CIM and a PH for Bylaw 507. The LTC also moved the bylaw be adopted when conditions have been fulfilled and approved in principle the draft covenant and the draft housing agreements.
The LTC: Approved issuance of the DP for 1482 Fulford-Ganges Road, exempted the proposed lots from the 10% frontage requirements and accepted $25,500 in lieu of park land; and endorsed staff entering into a Cost Recovery Agreement with Gulf Islands Seniors Residence Association for purposes of providing dedicated planning services for 154 Kings Lane.
At noon, the Town Hall was well attended and several members of the public expressed opinions on housing and water issues on Salt Spring Island.
May 10, 2018 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights
The SSI LTC: prioritized the Industrial Land Uses Project with a view to completing the legislation within the current term; directed staff to submit a statutory right-of-way application to FLNRO that would allow for the eventual construction and operation of the Ganges Harbourwalk; directed staff to draft an OCP amendment and a Commercial 2 zone variant regarding 155 Rainbow Road area that limits lot coverage, authorizes dwelling units, and makes existing siting non-conformities lawful; approved SS-DP-2018.4 for 121 Upper Ganges Road (Harbour House Hotel), requested the applicant work with the Malahat First Nation, and asked staff to schedule a Community Information Meeting and Public Hearing for Bylaw 508; and, regarding the subdivision of 118 Jackson Avenue, exempted proposed Lot 1 of subdivision SS-SUB-2017.1 from the frontage requirements and requested the applicant submit a vegetation plan and a revised storm water drainage plan.
The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee adopted a policy statement on affordable housing that outlines the measures the LTC has taken to tackle the housing issue and the context in which those measures operate in terms of public and environmental safety. SSI LTC looks forward to working in partnership with the community to tackle this issue which impacts on everyone on Salt Spring whether directly or indirectly.