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Reading Room - Publications of Trust Area Wide Interest

Islands Trust Council Reports and Publications

In this section you can find organizational reports, annual reports and audited financial statements, as well as special project reports or publications created or requested by Trust Council and committees.

A Newcomer's Guide to Life on the Islands

A Place In The Islands is an an award-winning publication, produced to provide information to people who are new to living in the Islands Trust Area and the San Juan Islands, and to generate awareness of the benefits and challenges of living on an island in this special part of the world. Find out more about this guide here.

Guide to Environmentally Friendly Building and Renovating in the Southern Gulf Islands

This guide helps you build while protecting the islands' natural ecosystems. It also includes information about financial incentives and other resources that can help you protect your environment- Updated 2017

Protecting the Coastal Douglas-fir Zone

An Islands Trust Toolkit, laying out the essential steps to protect the Coastal Douglas-fir Zone and associated ecosystems in the Islands Trust Area. These lush and magnificent forests are the most visual indicator of the Trust's success in achieving its mandate to preserve and protect the environment. 

Gulf Islands Groundwater Protection: A Regulatory Toolkit

The Islands Trust created a regulatory toolkit in 2014 to help islanders safeguard their water supplies now and into the future.

Choosing a Building Site on your Lot 

Where you build on your property will have an impact on your energy use, water retention and flow, and on the plants and animals that make up your environment. This fact sheet explains how to choose a building site.

Making Changes to your Lot Line

A lot line adjustment is legally considered a subdivision. Referred to as a boundary adjustment, it is the moving of one or more lot lines between two lots. This fact sheet explains how to make a boundary adjustment to your property. Lot Line Fact Sheet

Applying for a Variance

The purpose of a variance is to allow you to build in a way that is not permitted by the general zoning regulations. This fact sheet explains how to apply for a variance.

Information for Visitors

Art posters/rack cards with conservation message for visitors to the Islands Trust Area are available free of charge to businesses and locations frequented by visitors, and to all island residents. More information is available here.

Page last updated: 27/03/20
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