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.

Dec 06-08
2022

Trust Council Quarterly

Time: 1:00 pm
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Dec 06
2022

Executive Committee

Time: 11:00 am
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Jan 24
2023

Islands Trust Conservancy Board Meeting

Time: 10:00 am
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Meet Your Trustees

Judith Gedye

Judith Gedye

Bowen Island Trustee
Sue Ellen Fast

Sue Ellen Fast

Bowen Island 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

Islands Trust Conservancy provides $5,400 Opportunity Fund grant to support a new nature stewardship program on Thetis Island

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Introducing Moss Mountain covenant – one of Salt Spring Island’s newest protected areas

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Islands Trust Announces New Director of Planning Services

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Islands Trust Conservancy gives $6,000 funding boost to support nature stewardship on Gabriola Island

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Read the latest edition of the Heron

Islands Trust Conservancy’s most recent edition of the Heron is out now. Read it online or download it here. 

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Islands Trust Conservancy celebrates the protection of Woodpecker Forest on SDȺY¸ES/North Pender Island this Earth Day.

Lək̓ ʷəŋən, METULIYE/Victoria, B.C.  –   Islands Trust Conservancy (ITC) celebrates the addition of Woodpecker Forest, a new protected area that…

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Islands Trust Conservancy News Release

Salt Spring Island philanthropist continues her conservation legacy of protecting islands for future generations   Lək̓ ʷəŋən, METULIYE/Victoria, B.C. –…

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