Housing Action Program
The proposed Housing Action Program intends to provide actions and measures to address the housing issues unique to Salt Spring Island. Actions proposed in the Project Charter include a number of actions, such as the potential for a major amendment to the Official Community Plan. The proposed Program intends to tackle a range of issues including, but not limited to, the affordability of housing, the types of housing options, and the environmental sustainability as they relate to the locations, sizes, and designs of housing development. Issues such as water availability and the moratorium on new connections to the North Salt Spring community water system, storm-water and sewer systems, active transportation infrastructure, innovative site and building design, arts and culture, and the archaeological significance will all be examined in the process. Furthermore, the existing policies within the OCP are outdated and no longer reflect the current housing conditions, as well as infrastructure servicing, transportation system, environmental conditions and other elements that impact the availability, affordability and diverse housing types on the island.
The current objectives within the OCP do not reflect Trust Council’s implementation of the First Nations Engagement Principles Policy, Trust Council’s Reconciliation Declaration, and Trust Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency. The Housing Action Program also proposes to explore amendments to the Land Use Bylaw to better promote affordable housing and sustainable development and potential development of incentives for pilot projects or sustainable site and building designs.
Photo Credit: Capital Regional District Housing Needs Assessment 2020
For more information,
Louisa Garbo, Island Planner
First Nations Engagement
The engagement process will be reflective of the Trust Council's adopted policy on "First Nations Engagement Principles," and the foundation documents of "United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)," "Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action," and "Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice." The engagement process will be guided by concerns or responses from First Nations on how to proceed in a mutually respectful and relationship-building framework.
The Project Charter is available here.
Public Engagement Framework
The Housing Action Program Public Engagement Framework incorporates the format and essential elements modeled after the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) best practices for public engagement. In addition, the proposed Housing Action Program Engagement Framework intends to comply with statutory requirements outlined in the Local Government Act, the Island Trust Policy Statement on open, consultative public participation.
The Public Engagement Framework is available here.
The Public Engagement Plan is available here.
Housing Action Program Task Force
The Housing Action Program Task Force Terms of Reference is available here.
The Housing Action Program Task Form Application is available here.
- research and analysis on existing conditions such as housing, infrastructure servicing, climate change, and other relevant issues
- early engagement with First Nations, and collaborative partnership with key stakeholders
- draft public engagement plan consistent with the Public Engagement Framework
- assist in the formation of the Task Force
- establish the Technical Working Group
- commence the necessary preparation work for the major amendment to the SS OCP in accordance with the Local Government Act
- initiate relevant amendments to the Land Use Bylaw
Phase I survey will be available shortly
The list below is not exhaustive
Community Housing Background Report & Recommendations (2005)
Island Trust Community Housing “Tool Kit” (2010)
Senior Housing Strategy (2010)
Affordable Housing Guide (2011)
Community Housing (final report -2016)
Housing Working Group Report (2020)
Baseline Report - Affordable Housing in the Islands Trust Area 2019
Capital Regional District Housing Needs Assessment – Salt Spring Island 2020