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
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.
April 19, 2018 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights
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 Local Trust Committee (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.