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Affordable Rental Housing - Cottages

Staff Reports, Bylaws & Correspondence


 Background Materials


Bylaw No. 512 proposes to rezone 411 Rural (R), Rural Upland 1 (RU1), and Residential 7 (R7) zoned properties to permit full-time rental cottages instead of seasonal cottages for temporary use. Subject properties with an area of 2 hectares or greater would be allowed an increased cottage floor area of 90 square metres, while properties with an area of between 1.2 hectares to 2 hectares would be allowed cottages with a floor area of 56 square metres.

This project was initiated by the LTC in response to a demonstrated need for affordable housing. The purpose of this project is to increase the supply of rental housing on the island in a way that is consistent with Section B. of the Salt Spring Island Official Community Plan.

Public Hearing: A public hearing on Bylaw No. 512 has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 28. More information is available here.

Project Update: At its November 26, 2019 meeting the LTC made a number of amendments to Bylaw No. 512, including:

  • Removed 21 properties that were adjacent to the OCP Shoreline Conservation Designation
  • Added 22 properties along the proposed Beddis Road bus route
  • Added 4 properties based on land owner requests
  • Introduced a requirement that new cottages in the subject zones install CSA-standard rainwater harvesting systems for potable water
  • Introduced a prohibition on using cottages in the subject zones for bed and breakfast home-based businesses


Online Survey Results Now Available
During the Summer of 2019, two surveys were conducted to gauge public and property owner opinions on Proposed Bylaw No. 512. The results of these surveys can be viewed here: 
Cottages Survey | Cottages Property Owner Survey 



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For more information or to provide feedback, please contact:

Jason Youmans, Island Planner










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