Bowen Island Municipality

Bowen Island has a special status in the Islands Trust Area as the only island municipality. It is represented on the Islands Trust Council by two municipal trustees who are also municipal councillors.

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The Islands Trust and Bowen Island Municipality enjoy a unique and positive relationship in which we share common goals for the preservation and protection of our unique island ecosystems and habitats for years to come.

Bowen Island Planning

When adopting a bylaw or issuing a permit or license, the Bowen Island Municipal Council must have regard for the preserve and protect Object (mandate) of the Islands Trust.

Bowen Island Municipality submits its Official Community Plan (OCP) bylaws to the Islands Trust Executive Committee for approval.

Bowen Island Municipality also refers non-OCP bylaws that include a reference to a matter included in the Islands Trust Policy Statement.

Bowen Island Municipality also offers Bowen Island mapping layers through its own open data portal.

Official Community Plan Amendment Process

Initial Staff Report

Early consultation with First Nations and stakeholders

1st Reading

Referral to Islands Trust Executive Committee (under Letter Patent)

Referral to First Nations and agencies

2nd Reading

Public Hearing*

3rd Reading

Referral to the Islands Trust Executive Committee for approval

Consideration of Adoption

* Public Hearing can occur anywhere between 1st and 3rd readings.

Land Use Bylaw Amendment Process

For bylaws that include a reference to a matter included in the Islands Trust Policy Statement:

Initial staff report to Bowen Island Municipality with draft bylaw recommendations

1st Reading

Referral to the Islands Trust Executive Committee (under Letters Patent)

Referral to First Nations and agencies

2nd Reading

Public Hearing (could be waived)*

3rd Reading

Consideration of Adoption

* Public Hearing can occur anywhere between 1st and 3rd readings.

Meetings and Events Around: Bowen

Learn about upcoming Islands Trust meetings and events as they may relate to Bowen Island Municipality.

Find out more about how you can share your views with us.

Jun 25
2021

Trust Programs Committee

Time: 9:00 am
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Jul 07
2021

Trust Council Special Meeting

Time: 7:00 pm
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Jul 08
2021

Trust Council Special Meeting

Time: 9:00 am
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Meet Your Trustees

Michael Kaile

Michael Kaile

Bowen Island municipal Trustee

Michael Kaile has been a Municipal Councillor for Bowen Island since 2014 and an Islands Trust Trustee since November 2018.

Sue Ellen Fast

Sue Ellen Fast

Bowen Island Trustee and Municipal Councillor, Co-Chair for Executive Committee

Sue Ellen Fast is a Municipal Councillor in her second term as a Bowen Island Municipality Trustee.

 

 

Island Profile

Bowen Island is one of 13 local trust areas and island municipalities that make up the Islands Trust Area. Located in Howe Sound just a twenty-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, it includes Bowen and Hutt islands.

Mature Forest Growth

49

%

on island

Parks and Woodland

20

%

protected

Carbon Absorbed by Forests

Emissions saved:

2,720

cars a year

Sensitive Ecosystems

Total area:

5,053

hectares

News Bowen Island Municipality

Find out what's happening in and around Bowen Island Municipality

June 18, 2021 – July 7-8, 2021, Special Trust Council Meeting to Consider First Reading of the Draft of the New Policy Statement

Islands Trust Council invites the public to participate in a special meeting being held electronically July 7-8, 2021, to consider…

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News Release

June 3 – Gabriola, Salt Spring and Victoria Offices Open

Islands Trust offices are open with limited hours at the Gabriola and Salt Spring locations. Social distancing and masks are…

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A surge of development applications slows processing times at Islands Trust

The pandemic trend of home improvement, property development, and purchases are resulting in longer development application processing times.

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Freshwater Sustainability Grant

The Islands Trust is thrilled to be receiving $190,000 from the Real Estate Foundation of BC as part of the…

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Islands Trust Council Approves 2021/22 Budget

The Islands Trust Council has approved the 2021/22 budget.

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Trust Council Chair Writes to Thank Minister for Changes to Island Coastal Economic Trust

The Islands Trust Council has been advocating with partners for the Province of BC to make the Southern Gulf Islands…

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30 Nature Reserves in 30 Years – The Heron Newsletter, Spring 2021

The Islands Trust Conservancy’s Spring 2021 Heron newsletter is special. It marks their 30th anniversary at the close of March…

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