Denman Island Housing Review Project-UPDATED

The Denman Housing survey is now OPEN!  Please complete the survey by November 28, 2022 either online or by picking up a hard copy on Denman Island at the Freepost at Abraxas Bookstore, the General Store and the Library. Please return completed surveys in an envelope at any of the above locations. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Denman2022

Open House scheduled for November 14th, postponed to early 2023.

 

The Denman Island Local Trust Committee is embarking on a review of Denman Island’s land use policies and regulations, with a specific focus on increasing housing options for affordable and attainable housing. The first phase of the project is now underway. Consultants are engaging with the Advisory Planning Commission (APC), Denman Island community members and stakeholders to assist in identifying necessary updates to the Denman Island Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaw. The Denman Island Local Trust Committee will be evaluating the recommendations for policy and regulatory amendments to ensure they minimize impacts of housing generally to better protect the environment while supporting equity, diversity and inclusion.

 

Consultation and Review Process

The review will be undertaken in the following phases:

  • Phase 1 of the project (September 2022- January 2023) is currently underway and included the development of an engagement plan. Consultants are using this plan to guide engagement with the Advisory Planning Commission (APC), Denman Island community members and stakeholders to assist in identifying necessary updates to the Denman Island Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaw.
  • Phases 2 and 3 (Spring 2023) will include exploring options and developing solutions in the form of a summary report prepared by the consultants for the Local Trust Committee.
  • In 2023-2024 the Local Trust Committee may give direction to planning staff to draft the necessary policies and regulations to implement select recommendations and undertake additional consultation with the community and First Nations.

 

Project Charter

The Project Charter is a document developed and endorsed by the Local Trust Committee to frame the scope and objectives of the project. The updated Project Charter is available here.

 

First Nations Engagement

The Denman Island Local Trust Committee seeks to engage with First Nations with treaty and territorial interests on Denman Island’s Official Community Plan and Local Use Bylaws. 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. Engagement processes will be guided by concerns or responses from First Nations on how to proceed in a mutually respectful and relationship building framework.

 

Have your say!

Tell us what you want to see for the future of Denman Island.

An Open House will be scheduled for early 2023 to ensure you can provide your input on critical issues related to housing on Denman Island and share concerns and aspirations.

Complete the Online Housing Survey

The online survey is open until November 28th, 2022 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Denman2022.

Paper copies of the survey are available on Denman Island at the Freepost at Abraxas Bookstore, the General Store and the Library. Please return completed surveys in an envelope at any of the above locations.

 

Community Engagement Plan

 

How to get involved:

For all background documents related to this Housing Review Project please visit the Denman Island Project Page and for more information contact northinfo@islandstrust.bc.ca or call 250-247-2063.

 

 

 

 

Gambier Island Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaw Targeted Review

The online survey is now closed.  Stay tuned for results at a future LTC meeting.

The Gambier Island Local Trust Committee is embarking on a review of Gambier Island’s land use policies and regulations, with a specific focus on these topic areas: forest ecosystem protection, shoreline protection, archaeological and cultural site protection, and access to public docks.

Gambier Island OCP & LUB Bylaw Targeted Review Process

The review will be undertaken in three phases:

  • Phase 1 of the project is currently underway and includes development of an engagement and communications plan. A working group, comprised of members of the Gambier Island community, is established to help develop the plan and assist in community engagement events. For more information on the Working Group, see below. The plan will be used to guide engagement with the Gambier Island community during the bylaw review.
  • Phase 2 will include engagement activities/events with the community, the results of which will help shape the changes to land use policy and regulation.
  • Phase 3 will continue with more community engagement and refinement of proposed changes.

Project Charter

The Project Charter is available here.

First Nations Engagement

The Gambier Island Local Trust Committee seeks to engage with First Nations with treaty and territorial interests on Gambier Island’s Official Community Plan and Local Use Bylaws. 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. Engagement processes will be guided by concerns or responses from First Nations on how to proceed in a mutually respectful and relationship building framework.

How to get involved:

Gambier Island OCP & LUB Bylaw Targeted Review Working Group

A Working Group, comprised of members of the Gambier Island community, is established to meet and work with Islands Trust planning staff to develop an engagement and communications plan for the bylaw review and to assist with future engagement activities/events. If you are interested in joining the Working Group or would like more information contact northinfo@islandstrust.bc.ca.

 

Have your say!

Tell us what you want to see for the future of Gambier ‘Cha7lekwnech Island.

The target areas for review in the Gambier Island Official Community Plan (OCP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) are:

  • Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Protection – Consideration of policies and regulatory tools to include Heritage Conservation Area(s) and agreement with First Nations as they relate to land use on Gambier Island.
  • Shoreline Protection and Access to Public Docks – Consideration of policies and regulatory tools to encourage protection of shoreline ecosystems and public use of community docks.  To better protect shoreline ecosystems and best practices around supporting access to public docks.
  • Forest Ecosystem Protection – Consideration of policies and regulatory tools to encourage tree and forest ecosystems on public and private land.  To modernize protections of forest ecosystems on public and private land.

 

Complete the Online Survey

The online survey is now closed.

 

Past Public Engagement Events

In Person Event Recording: (starts at timepoint 3:19:00)
Date: September 1, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Gambier Island Community Hall (following the Regular Local Trust Committee meeting)

Virtual Event Recording:
Date: September 14th, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

For useful information on the OCP/LUB Review process go to the Gambier Island Project Page.

 

Public Communication and Engagement Plan

The Gambier Island OCP and LUP Targeted Review Communication and Public Engagement Plan incorporates the format and essential elements modeled after the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) best practices for public engagement. In addition, the Engagement Plan complies with statutory requirements set forth in the Local Government Act, and the Island Trust Policy Statement on open, consultative and meaningful public participation process.  Take a look at the Public Engagement Framework which supports the newly developed Public Engagement Plan.

Next Steps

  • Discussion papers on the targeted areas of review
  • Meet with Working Committee
  • Coordinate and participate in meetings with First Nations Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, s ̱ əlilw ̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-waututh) Nation, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Indian Band (or their alternates)
  • Develop a robust overall plan, informed from input from the Working Group and First Nations, that guides the engagement and communications for phases 2 and 3
  • Develop Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaw policy and regulatory bylaw amendments

To learn more about this work please visit the Gambier Island Projects page  or contact northinfo@islandstrust.bc.ca or call 250-247-2063.