Ganges Village Area Plan

Focus on First Nations engagement

With the conclusion of the Salt Spring Local Trust Committee’s work with Ahne Studio there will now be a focus on First Nations engagement. At their May 17 meeting trustees expressed gratitude for the work by Ahne Studio, Trust staff, Task Force members and all the public that have participated so far.

A Plan to Help Meet Community Goals

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee is working with residents, businesses, and First Nations to create a vision and plan for the future of Ganges (Shiya’hwt/SYOWT) Village.

Shiya’hwt/SYOWT are the names of this place used by the Hul’q’umi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples.

The new plan will be shaped by the hopes and insights of the community. It will guide future development and change in a way that supports the community’s social, economic, cultural, and environmental goals. It will support the Trust’s commitment to tackling the causes and impacts of climate change, and to reconciliation with First Nations, including the preservation of First Nations’ heritage.

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee has engaged Ahne Studio to work with them and the Salt Spring Island Ganges Village Area Plan Task Force to host the community engagement process. Ahne Studio is an engagement planning consultancy rooted in participatory design, whose plans are co-created with the communities they consult.

 

Ganges Village Area Plan Process

At their meeting on October 6, 2020, the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (SSI LTC) directed staff to develop a Ganges Village Area Plan to ensure development occurs in a coordinated, sustainable, and resilient manner in order to address the issues impacting the social, economic, cultural, and environmental sustainability of Ganges Village.

On November 10, 2020, SSI LTC adopted resolutions to approve the Project Charter and its associated budget to launch the Ganges Village Area Plan planning process. A robust public engagement plan will be developed in accordance with the Ganges Village Area Plan Public Engagement Framework to ensure an effective and meaningful public engagement process. Due to the complex nature of developing an area plan and the plan’s potential impacts on land use planning for Ganges Village, the SSI LTC recommended the establishment of a task force encompassing members from diverse backgrounds that could offer a broad range of points of view from the community to assist in the process. The members on the task force will objectively apply their expertise, experience and knowledge of the subject matter as related to the development of the “Ganges Village Area Plan” process.

 

First Nations Engagement

The SSI LTC will seek to engage with First Nations with treaty and territorial interests in the Ganges Village area. Engagement will be reflective of the Trust Council 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. “Dust & Bones” – a documentary on First Nations archeological significance can be found here.

 

Project Charter

The Project Charter is available here.

Public Engagement Framework

The Ganges Village Area Plan 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 Ganges Village Area Plan Engagement Framework intends to comply with statutory requirements set forth in the Local Government Act, and the Island Trust Policy Statement on open, consultative and meaningful public participation process.

The Public Engagement Framework is available here.

The Public Engagement Plan is available here.

 

Ganges Village Planning Task Force

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee appointed David Dunnison, John Gauld, Bob MacKie, Jenny McClean, Martin Ogilvie, Robert Steinbach and Jennifer Maksymetz to the Ganges Village Planning Task Force.

The Ganges Village Planning Task Force Terms of Reference is available here.

The Ganges Village Planning Task Force met on the third Thursday of every month in the past fourteen months to explore and discuss the planning options, and the public engagement process. More information about the meetings can be found on the Salt Spring Island Projects page under folder (6. Task Force Agendas and Minutes).

The Ganges Village Planning Task Force will resume their efforts upon the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee’s collaboration with First Nations.

 

Public Engagement Activities Summary

Based on the Community Engagement Activities Overview by Ahne Studio the following activities have been completed:

  • Community Survey completed by 553 people.
  • Walking tours of the village to share insights and ideas on December 4.
  • Community Ideas Fair at the Public Library on December 5 for all-ages to share input in fun and creative ways.
  • Pop Up Kiosks from December 2 – 5 for passersby to share input in a fun and casual way.
  • Conversation Circle to engage those who have or are currently experiencing housing challenges as well as challenges related to additions, mental health and inadequate income and supports.
  • Virtual Sessions with community organizations that have specific interest, knowledge and/or influence/jurisdictions over topics that relate to the planning process.
  • Student Activities through self-directed, student-focused engagement exercises.

Next Steps

  • Research and analysis on existing conditions, and issues relating to land use development, transportation and mobility, housing, cultural and archeological protection, climate change resiliency, infrastructure servicing, and protection of aquifers and biodiversity.

To learn more about this work please visit the Salt Spring Island Projects page or contact Louisa Garbo, Island Planner: 250.537.9144, ssiinfo@islandstrust.bc.ca

2022 APC, AAPC, BOV Call for Applications

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee seeks applications for its Advisory Planning Commissions and Board of Variance.

Advisory Planning Commission

The Advisory Planning Commission consists of up to 11 members. It advises the SS LTC on community planning and development matters including Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaw amendments, development applications, and SS LTC projects. Appointments are for a 2-year term.

Agriculture Advisory Planning Commission

The Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission consists of up to 7 members. It advises the SS LTC on community planning and development related to farming and agriculture such as Agricultural Land Reserve applications and current projects. Applicants should have a background in farming or agriculture. Appointments are for a 2-year term.

Board of Variance

The Board of Variance consists of 3 members. The Board reviews and make decisions on Board of Variance applications. Individuals with previous local government experience and a background in land use
planning and development are especially encouraged to apply.
Appointments are for a 3-year term and meetings are infrequent.

If you are interested, please submit a completed application and resume by April 30, 2022.

For more information, please visit: https://islandstrust.bc.ca/island-planning/salt-spring/advisory-commissions-board-of-variance/
Or contact our office by phone 250-537-9144 or email ssiinfo@islandstrust.bc.ca

Housing Action Program

The 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 environmental sustainability as it relates 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 Waterworks District (NSSWD) 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.

First Nations Engagement

The SSI LTC will seek to engage with First Nations with treaty and territorial interests on Salt Spring Island. Engagement will be reflective of the Trust Council 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. “Dust & Bones” – a documentary on First Nations archeological significance can be found here.

Project Charter

The Project Charter is available here.

Salt Spring Local Trust Committee Initiatives:

Tiny Homes Pilot Project

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.

Public Engagement Activities

  • Monthly Task Force Summaries to the Salt Spring Local Trust Committee
  • Online/mail-in survey
  • Continuous update of this project page
  • Educational material
  • Conversation with a Planner
  • Open houses
  • Other in-person workshops post COVID

We Want to Hear From You!

Please consider adding your views in the following ways:

Conversation with a Planner

You are invited to chat with a planner and ask any questions you may have, share your concerns, and provide comments on the Housing Action Program project. Please review our Project Charter to see relevant topics you might like to discuss.

A planner is available to meet via Zoom every Thursday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm throughout the duration of the project. In person meeting will become available later in the year, depending on COVID restrictions.

*Please note that the intent of these meetings is not to answer any specific questions relating to development review or the permitting process. This meeting is specifically set aside for public engagement on the Housing Action Program.

Please reserve a day and time by sending a message to ssiinfo@islandstrust.bc.ca

Survey

Initial feedback on housing needs on Salt Spring is found in the Phase I survey results here:

Addressing Housing Needs on Salt Spring Island

Housing Action Program Task Force

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee appointed Maïkan (Forest) Bordeleau, Daniel Wood, Stanley J. Shapiro, Kerrie Proulx, Nejmah Guermoudi, Yvonne Saunders, Jessica Terezakis, Bryce Chapman, Rhonan Heitzmann and Freyja Skye to the Housing Action Program Task Force.

The Housing Action Program Task Force Terms of Reference is available here.

The Housing Action Program Task Force will meet on the first Thursday of every month at 10am. More information about the meetings can be found on the Salt Spring Island Projects page under folder 6. Other Information.

Initiatives of Housing Task Force:

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Land Use Bylaw amendment

Housing Facts and Figures

  • Salt Spring Island is the largest, most populated, and most visited of the Gulf Islands
  • The population grew by 10% between 2006 and 2016
  • The median age in 2016 was 55.4 years
  • There were 4,840 households in 2016, with an average household size of 2.1 persons per household
  • The median income on Salt Spring Island in 2015 was $59,077
  • Salt Spring Island’s Housing Stock is 81% single detached homes
  • 76 percent of households own their home
  • 24 percent of households rent

Background

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

 

To learn more about this work please visit the Salt Spring Island Projects page or contact Louisa Garbo, Island Planner: 250.537.9144, ssiinfo@islandstrust.bc.ca

Salt Spring Island Coastal Douglas-Fir Project

What are Coastal Douglas-fir Ecosystems?

The Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) zone describes a unique set of ecosystems found only on southeast Vancouver Island, the islands of the Salish Sea, and the southwest coast of BC. CDF ecosystems are rare and highly endangered. These ecosystems include Douglas-fir forests, as well as Garry oak woodlands, wetlands, estuaries, and other unique communities of plant, animal, and fungi found nowhere else in the world.

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to implement the Protecting the Coastal Douglas-fir Zone and Associated Ecosystems toolkit on Salt Spring Island and achieve the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee’s strategic priority of “Protection of the Coastal Douglas Fir Ecosystem.”

The primary objectives of the project are:

  • Maintain contiguous forest cover;
  • Protect and restore functioning ecosystems;
  • Protect watershed ecology;
  • Honour Coast Salish cultural heritage; and
  • Mitigate wildfire risk

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (SSI LTC) is committed to a transparent, collaborative planning process that acknowledges diverse perspectives on, and relationships with, the Island’s forests among our community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about this work please visit the Salt Spring Island Projects page.