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Affordable Rental Housing - Cottages

Staff Reports, Bylaws & Correspondence


 Background Materials


Project Update: 

At its February 18, 2020 meeting the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee made a number of amendments to Bylaw No. 512, gave the bylaw third reading, and directed staff to forward it to Islands Trust Executive Committee for review.

Amendments made at the February 18, 2020 meeting include:

  • Removing the prohibition on using full-time rental cottages up to 56 m2 for bed-and-breakfast home-based businesses
  • Removing the requirement for rainwater harvesting on full-time rental cottages up to 56 m2.
  • Removing the requirement to enter into a restrictive covenant prohibiting strata subdivision

Bylaw No. 512

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

This project was initiated be 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 was held on January 28, 2020. Approximately 105 people attended, and numerous pieces of correspondence were received. A record of the public hearing is available here. (Under Other Information) . Thank you to all who came out to the public hearing or submitted correspondence in advance.


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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Page last updated: 06/03/20
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