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Reading Room - Publications of Trust Area Wide Interest

Islands Trust Council Reports and Publications

In this section you can find organizational reports, annual reports and audited financial statements, as well as special project reports or publications created or requested by Trust Council and committees.

A Newcomer's Guide to Life on the Islands

A Place In The Islands is an an award-winning publication (PDF - 3 MB), produced to provide information to people who are new to living in the Islands Trust Area and the San Juan Islands, and to generate awareness of the benefits and challenges of living on an island in this special part of the world. More...

Guide to Environmentally Friendly Building and Renovating in the Southern Gulf Islands

This guide helps you build while protecting the islands' natural ecosystems. It also includes information about financial incentives and other resources that can help you protect your environment. Environmentally Friendly Bldg Guide - Updated 2017 [PDF- 487 KB]

Gulf Islands Groundwater Protection: A Regulatory Toolkit

The Islands Trust created a regulatory toolkit in 2014 to help Islanders safeguard their water supplies now and into the future.  Download the toolkit here: Gulf Islands Groundwater Protection - A Regulatory Toolkit  [PDF - 791 kb]  

Choosing a Building Site on your Lot 

Where you build on your property will have an impact on your energy use, water retention and flow, and on the plants and animals that make up your environment. This fact sheet explains how to choose a building site. Choosing a Bldg Site Fact Sheet [PDF - 175 KB]

Making Changes to your Lot Line

A lot line adjustment is legally considered a subdivision. Referred to as a boundary adjustment, it is the moving of one or more lot lines between two lots. This fact sheet explains how to make a boundary adjustment to your property. Lot Line Fact Sheet [PDF - 165 KB]

Applying for a Variance

The purpose of a variance is to allow you to build in a way that is not permitted by the general zoning regulations. This fact sheet explains how to apply for a variance. Variance Fact Sheet [PDF - 131 KB]

Information for Visitors

Art posters/rack cards with conservation message for visitors to the Islands Trust Area are available free of charge to businesses and locations frequented by visitors, and to all island residents. More information is available here.

Page last updated: 11/03/19
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