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Previous Projects and Useful Resources


Temporary Use Permits for Residential Uses

This project will amend the Salt Spring Island Official Community Plan to authorize the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee to issue Temporary Use Permits (TUPs) for residential uses. It will also establish guidelines the Local Trust Committee can apply when considering issuance of TUPs for residential uses.  Read more >>

Regulation of the Production of Cannabis

The goal of this project is the regulation of the impacts from the commercial production of cannabis.  Read more >>

Affordable Rental Housing - Cottages

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee initiated this project to address the need for affordable rental housing.  Bylaw 512 rezones 411 properties to new zone variants that permit full-time rental cottages instead of seasonal cottages.  Read more >>

Industrial Land Uses Update

The LTC’s Industrial Land Uses Update project is now complete.

The goal of the project was to encourage socio-economic diversity and enhance economic sustainability and security on Salt Spring Island by meeting the Island’s needs for commercial industrial lands for the next 25 years.  Read more >>

OCP Update - Incorporating Strategic Priorities 

The SSI LTC has identified the following goals for its term:

  • Implement climate change mitigation and adaption measures
  • Ensure fresh water sustainability
  • Protect the Coastal Douglas Fir (CDF) Ecosystem
  • Increase availability of affordable housing
  • Protect and enhance agriculture
  • Increase meaningful consultation and cooperation with citizens, agencies and First Nations
  • Village Planning


Ganges Village Plan - Harbourwalk

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee has identified the development of a local area plan for Ganges Village as a community planning priority.  Read more >>

Rural Watershed Uses

The Rural Watershed Uses project focuses on potential changes to the regulation of agriculture in the Rural Watershed 1 and 2 zones on Salt Spring Island. The objective of the project is to limit potential negative impacts on drinking water quality from farming.  Read more >>

Heritage and Cultural Site Protection

This project focuses on the development of an inventory of sites, landmarks, and natural features that have heritage value or heritage character related to human occupation or use along the shoreline of islands and islets in Capital Regional District Electoral Area F.  Read more >>

Piers Island Official Community Plan Update - Climate Change

The Piers Island Official Community Plan Update - Climate Change project ensures compliance with Section 473(3) of the Local Government Act by providing greenhouse gas emission targets and policies.   Read more >> 

Grantville Neighbourhood

Groundwater resources are sensitive in this small lot subdivision serviced by individual wells and septic fields. Neighbourhood residents asked the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee to help prevent septic waste from impacting groundwater. As a result, the Local Trust Committee adopted bylaw Bylaw No. 484 which implements a 30 metre setback between septic fields and drinking water wells in the neighbourhood. 

Riparian Areas Regulation

On May 14th, 2015 the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee adopted Bylaw Nos. 480 (Salt Spring Island) and 482 (Prevost Island). These bylaws bring the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area in compliance with the provincially mandated Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR). On Salt Spring Island, compliance with the RAR is through the creation of a new Development Permit Area 7.

Secondary Suites

Secondary suites are now permitted in some areas of Salt Spring Island as a result of the adoption of Bylaw 461 by the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee. Secondary Suites Zoning Map
To apply for a building permit, please contact the Capital Regional District Building Inspection Office on Salt Spring Island: 206-118 Fulford-Ganges Road Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2S4 Telephone: 250.537.2711 Email:

Pilot Program Review: the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee has adopted in principle, between each phase, a five year period to monitor impacts and evaluate the success of the pilot area.

  • Phase 1: Bylaw 461 based on Plan 1 (Pilot Area 1) → Monitor/Evaluate (after first year, then every two years)
  • Phase 2: Consider including pre-existing suites outside of Plan 1 (Pilot Area 1) → Monitor/Evaluate
  • Phase 3: Consideration of an expanded pilot area → Monitor/Evaluate 
  • Phase 4: Consideration of the whole island.

Reference Documents 

OCP Amendment: Temporary Use Permits 

On October 24, 2013 Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee gave first reading to Bylaw 471 - an Official Community Plan amendment that would allow a Temporary Use Permit to be used to permit a secondary suite on properties not zoned to allow suites.
This will enable people to become part of the pilot program on a case by case basis, and those with existing suites to pursue voluntary compliance in the case of a bylaw infraction notice. A Temporary Use Permit is the ideal tool to allow people to legalize their secondary suites until further phases of the pilot program are considered. It allows the LTC to "pilot" secondary suites on a case by case basis on properties that may be outside of the pilot area, but can accommodate a secondary suite without negatively impacting environmentally sensitive or vulnerable areas.

Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

Bylaw 467 creates an amalgamated commission that includes expertise in planning and public policy, architectural and urban design, and environmental sciences and policy development.

Climate Change Actions and Energy Strategy

Farming and Food

Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Communities (HEHCI)

Affordable Housing




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