Islands 2050: The Future of the Trust Area
What is Islands 2050?
The year 2050 might seem far away but without careful planning and decision-making, the challenges we face in the near future may impact community in unexpected ways. To get public input we initiated the Islands 2050 community engagement process to better understand what you think and begin the process of updating the Islands Trust Policy Statement.
What is the Policy Statement?
The Policy Statement provides and shapes land and marine use planning in the Islands Trust Area. The document guides the preserve and protect mandate of Islands Trust, but the last version of the Policy Statement was written in 1994 and a lot has changed in the last 26 years:
• Trust Council made a commitment to reconciliation and engagement with First Nations.
• The population got older.
• Trust Council declared a climate emergency.
• Development pressures in the neighbouring cities of Vancouver,
Victoria and Seattle, caused land prices to go up and reduced
• Trade increased so more cargo ships are travelling and anchoring in
the Trust Area.
We are updating the Policy Statement to be current, to be able to adapt to future challenges, and to take advantage of new and evolving opportunities.
The Policy Statement helps shape the 20 official community plans — documents providing direction for community growth and change — plus associated bylaws, policies and regulations.
It is used to guide:
- Local trust committee special projects.
- Decisions on rezoning applications and associated proposed bylaw amendments.
- Advocacy to other levels of government about things that matter locally.
Updating the Islands Trust Policy Statement is a multiyear project that started in September 2019 with community and First Nations engagement.
Updating the Policy Statement has seven stages:
Stage one is public engagement. We met with the public and gathered input face-to face and online.
Stage two is reporting back what we heard during the public engagement.
Stage three is data analysis and sharing what we learned. We will seek public input on the key themes.
Stage four involves applying what we learned and drafting a revised Policy Statement Bylaw.
Stage five is when the revised bylaw (Policy Statement) will go to Trust Council and be introduced for first reading. We will seek public input on the draft bylaw as well as feedback from First Nations and referral agencies.
Stage six is second reading of the bylaw (Policy Statement) at Trust Council. Council will discuss the bylaw and possibly making amendments. Then, during the third reading, there will be a final discussion about the bylaw before it is approved.
Stage seven, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing will approve and adopt the bylaw (Policy Statement).
Throughout the seven stages, Islands Trust is meaningfully engaging with First Nations government and communities through a parallel process.
How We Have Gotten Public Input
During stage one, public engagement, we traveled across the Islands Trust Area and hosted 24 public events. We rode the ferries with our information booth, held evening open houses, set up booths at key community locations, and welcomed ideas online through a comment forum called Thought Exchange. During the engagement, we asked three questions:
- What do you value about the Area?
- In the context of a changing climate, what concerns do you have about the future of the Area?
- What opportunities do you feel will help us preserve and protect the Area?
For more information about the public engagement phase, read our 'What we heard report’.
How to get more involved
We encourage individuals, community groups and agencies to write to us, and provide their input.
1627 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8R 1H8
Thank you for your interest and contribution to the Island’s 2050 engagement process.
Sign up for our Island’s 2050 subscriber notice, and we’ll email updates to you.
For more information about Islands 2050, please contact:
Program Coordinator, Trust Area Services
Director, Trust Area Services