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August 16, 2018 

  • 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  • The SSI LTC: Rescinded 2nd and 3rd readings of Bylaws 489 and 490 (Industrial Lands Review Project), amended them and directed staff to review Bylaws 488, 489 and 490 for technical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 | 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.


  • May 10, 2018 | 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.


  • April 19, 2018 | Approximately 120 members of the public attended the afternoon session of the meeting and, during the Town Hall session, many expressed concern about the lack of affordable housing on Salt Spring Island. The SSI LTC: approved the DVP for 234 Scott Point Drive regarding an encroachment into the setback from the natural boundary of the sea; deferred consideration of the DVP for 195 Head Street pending planting of a privacy screen; referred Bylaw No. 507 regarding the Croftonbrook application (132 Corbett Road) to the APC; and adopted Bylaw No. 509 regarding the Salt Spring Tennis Association application for 805 Lower Ganges Road.
  • April 4, 2018 | Call for Volunteers |The Salt Spring Island (LTC) welcomes applications for its Advisory Planning Commissions and Board of Variance. APC and AAPC members serve for terms of up to 2 years and meet up to 12 times per year on Thursday afternoons. Board of Variance members serve for three year terms and meet when applications are received (typically less than once per year). More information on Advisory Planning Commissions and Board of Variance.  


  • March 29, 2018 | The SSI LTC held a Community Information Meeting and Public Hearing for 805 Lower Ganges Road. Proposed Bylaw 509 was read a third time as amended and will be forwarded for approval.
    The SSI LTC also: amended the Rural Watershed Uses proposed Bylaws 487 and 496 and read them a third time and asked they be forwarded for approval; Referred SS-ALR-2017.2 - 255 Musgrave Road to the SSI Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission; Provided comments about hours, noise and parking to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for SS-LCB-2018.2 - Salt Spring Wild Cider House and Distillery Ltd on 151 Sharp Road; and Read Bylaws 500 and 501 a second time and requested staff schedule a Public Hearing for SS-RZ-2016.4 - Gulf Island Brewing Ltd. - 270 Furness Road.
  • March 1, 2018 | SSI LTC amended Bylaw No. 509 (805 Lower Ganges Road) LUB Amendment and rezoning to allow for additional recreational uses and deferred the Public Hearing for proposed to the March 29, 2018 meeting. Ganges Harbourwalk project, (Proposed Bylaw No. 491), the LTC: supported the principle of the LTC submitting an application to the Ministry of FLNRO for a Right-of-Way for the harbourwalk and directed staff write FLNRO to advise that an application is likely forthcoming and ask they suspend renewal of the (Ganges Marina) lease to such time that the application has been processed to conclusion; and directed staff inform CRD staff regarding the actions taken. The LTC amended Bylaw 489 and gave 3rd reading to Proposed Bylaws 488, 489, 490 - Industrial Lands project and requested staff engage in secondary public consultations with the affected property owners to identify any outstanding concerns. 347 Bridgman Road - an OCP amendment and rezoning from Commercial Accommodation to Rural zone variant. The LTC read Bylaws 498 and 499 a first time and requested staff refer them to agencies and First Nations. The LTC encouraged the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance prioritize mapping the aquifer(s) in the vicinity of Vesuvius/Channel Ridge and asked that they investigate the possibility of metering all properties that draw water from St. Mary Lake so that an accurate account of overall water draw off from the lake can be obtained.


  • February 16, 2018 | A public hearing has been scheduled to review the three proposed bylaws for the implementation of the Industrial Lands Project. Further information on this project may be found on the project page.
  • February 8, 2018 | Public Hearing scheduled - Changes to agricultural policies and the regulation of farming in Rural Watershed 1 and 2 Zones. Further information available on the project page.
  • February 1, 2018 | Tax Requisition - Freshwater sustainability is a top priority for Islands Trust Council and the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (LTC) for the upcoming 2018/2019 fiscal year. Coordinated watershed management is essential to achieving freshwater sustainability on Salt Spring Island. The LTC has asked Trust Council to approve a $98,500 property tax requisition for the ongoing coordination of the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance (SSIWPA) and to continue the development of an Integrated Watershed Management Program​. Please see this FAQ and backgrounder on the work of SSIWPA. For more information, please visit the LTC Watershed Management Project page, the SSIWPA website or contact


  • January 18, 2018 | SSILTC Regular Meeting Highlights - The SSI LTC received the “Approval Processes for Water Supply Systems on Salt Spring Island” report and requested it be forwarded to Executive Committee for information. The SSILTC also directed staff to incorporate some of the report requirements into the DAI bylaw being drafted.  Later, the SSI LTC approved issuance of DP SS-DP-2017.14 to install a septic system and a 675 square foot modular home at 150 Terminus Street and read bylaw 509 a second time and requested staff schedule a Public Hearing for a rezoning application to permit an additional indoor and outdoor tennis court at 805 Lower Ganges Road.


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