At their meeting on October 6, 2020, the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (SSI LTC) has 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 environment 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.
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.
- Early administrative discussions with First Nations, the North Salt Spring Waterworks District (NSSWD), the Capital Regional District (CRD), the School District (SD64), the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), Salt Spring Fire Rescue (SSIFR), the Salt Spring Island Arts Council, the Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI), Harbour Authority of Salt Spring Island (HASSI), and health service agencies.
- Fine tune the Terms of Reference and develop criteria matrix for appointments to the Ganges Village Project Task Force, commence the application process, and establish a timeline for the inaugural meeting.
- Launch the public engagement process as highlighted in the Ganges Village Area Plan Public Engagement framework, which includes the development of a first phase survey and the development of outreach tools.
- 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.