The following are the results of the surveys conducted last summer which attempted to clarify the original Community Plan work of the summer of 2000. Along with these opinions are the proposed changes that the Islands Trust staff felt were appropriate to make in the original points of view.
The Rural Land-Use Bylaw which will be the legal statement of these views of Keats Islanders will be available soon and will be posted on this site.
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by Kim Benson, Local Trustee, Islands Trust
current Official Community Plan (OCP) for Keats Island (Bylaw 107) was
adopted in January 1977. The Islands Trust is conducting a public review
of the Keats OCP. The end result
of the public review process will be to combine updated and revised Keats
Island Community goals, objectives, and policies with revised regulations
for zoning and subdivision into one comprehensive planning document, called
a Rural Land Use Bylaw (RLUB).
new planning document will outline a shared community vision on how Keats
Island should evolve in the coming years. It will also provide direction
to guide government agencies, current residents and property owners, and
prospective landowners about existing and future land and foreshore use
and development, and publicly funded services on Keats Island.
current zoning and subdivision bylaws for Keats Island (OCP Bylaw No.
107, Zoning Bylaw No. 96, and Subdivision Bylaw No. 103) total more than
110 pages. These bylaws are confusing. It’s hard to relate one bylaw to
the next, and to know which sections are relevant to Keats. These bylaws
cover Keats, Anvil, the Pasley, Trail, and Thormanby Islands but not Gambier.
some sections of the current bylaws are relevant to Keats, many are not
relevant to any of the islands. They have been repealed on those
parts of the mainland that they covered, when the Sunshine Coast Regional
District (SCRD) had the land use planning function for Keats and other
islands. The Islands Trust acquired full land use planning and regulatory
powers for the islands in 1978, and inherited the current Keats OCP, zoning,
and subdivision bylaws from the SCRD at that time.
old bylaws are very blunt and insensitive to local circumstances in some
sections, and very vague and open to interpretation in others. The new
Keats Island Rural Land Use Bylaw will replace these documents with a
single, streamlined one, totaling about 65 to 75 pages, which will be
tailored specifically to Keats Island and surrounding Shelter, Home, and
Preston islets. The new Keats RLUB will recognize traditional Keats Island
circumstances, land and foreshore uses. It will be more sensitive to local
situations, and will include clear policy guidelines and community processes
to handle any future proposals for new subdivisions or changes
in zoning of land or foreshore in the Keats Island planning area.
Legislative Process and the Islands Trust Act
is a local trust committee (LTC) for each group of islands designated
as a local trust area, and 1 committee for Bowen Island. Keats Island
is within the Gambier Island Local Trust Area. Each LTC has 3 members
– 2 locally elected trustees and 1 Islands Trust Executive Committee member
who serves as Chair. The members of the Gambier Local Trust Committee,
currently serving a 3-yr term, are Bob Gibson from Gambier (604-931-1455),
Kim Benson from Keats (604-886- 9868), and Committee Chair John Money,
a Local Trustee from Saturna Island (250-539-2975).
Gambier LTC has, with respect to Keats, all the power and authority of
a regional district board, including preparation and adoption of Official
Community Plans, rural land use bylaws, zoning and subdivision bylaws,
regulation of soil removal and deposit, and authorization of permits under
Part 26 of the Local Government Act (Management of Development).
This ensures that Keats Island land use decisions are made by elected
islanders, rather than by a “mainland-oriented” Regional District Board
in Sechelt. And decisions are made with the “preserve and protect” objective
of the Islands Trust Act in mind. Approximately 9% of Keats Island
property taxes go to the Islands Trust.
Keats Planning Review Process is being undertaken in a manner consistent
with both the Islands Trust Act, and the Local Government Act.
As such, the new Keats RLUB must include goals, objectives, policies,
map designations, and regulations to guide decisions on planning and management
of land and foreshore use for Keats and surrounding islets.
content of the new Keats RLUB, must address the following: the
approximate location, amount, type and density of present and proposed
residential development (including affordable housing, rental housing
and special needs housing, institutional, agricultural, recreational,
public utility, commercial and industrial land and foreshore uses; policies
relating to the preservation, protection, restoration and enhancement
of the natural environment, its ecosystems and biological diversity; location
and phasing of any major publicly owned road, sewer and water systems;
location and type of present and proposed public facilities, including
schools, parks, waste treatment and disposal sites; and restrictions on
the use of land that is subject to hazardous conditions or that is environmentally
sensitive to development.
for certain matters lies outside the jurisdiction of the Islands Trust
and are the responsibility of individual property owners, or the Provincial
Government, the Federal Government, the SCRD, or the Coast Garibaldi Health
Region. In some cases, more than one agency may have overlapping jurisdiction
for a matter addressed in the new Keats RLUB. In these cases, other levels
of government and the public are requested to regard these policies as
the stated desires
process for preparing and adopting the new Keats Island RLUB is also being
done in accordance with the Islands Trust Act and Local Government
Act. During the development of the new Keats RLUB, the local trust
committee must provide one or more opportunities for consultation with
persons, organizations and authorities that will be affected by the new
RLUB. The RLUB can only be adopted through a statutory process which includes
a public hearing, approval of the Islands Trust Executive Committee, and
approval of the Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services
(formerly Municipal Affairs).
process is virtually the same as for any municipality or regional district
in the province. However, the LTC is endeavouring to go “above and beyond”
the statutory requirements for community consultation through a number
of island-wide mail-outs, holding meetings both on and off the island,
and posting all relevant information on www.keatsisland.net.
LTC is also designing the Keats Review process based on the advice of
the Keats Island Advisory Planning Group (APG). The 8-member APG is appointed
by the LTC to advise on Islands Trust related matters involving Keats,
and has representation from nearly all the communities on Keats.
the Process at Now?
2 began in June 2001. A second information mailer was sent out. It included
the First Working Draft of the Keats Island Rural Land Use Bylaw- Part
1 (Working DRAFT 1 – “Keats Island Goals, Objectives, and Policies”),
as well as a Community Response Form/Questionnaire seeking input
on the DRAFT 1 policy document. This document was based on community input,
legislative and Islands Trust Policy requirements, requirements of other
government agencies, technical data and data gathered during Phase 1.
Also, two more community forums were held in July 2001 to provide additional
opportunities for public input.
Since June 2001, approximately 70 Response Forms and three written submissions have been returned. This translates into about 187 pages of written input received during Phase 2, not including the flip chart comments recorded at the July 2001 forums. About 75 islanders attended the forums.
Saxby, Project Planner for the Keats Planning Review Process is busy compiling
and analyzing the input. She will be making recommendations to the local
trust committee regarding revisions to the DRAFT RLUB based on this material
and additional consultations being undertaken with the Eastbourne Community
Association, Keats Camp, Barnabas Family Ministries, other affected individuals
and agencies such as the SCRD.
has other duties with Islands Trust besides the Keats Planning Review.
She is also the Project Planner for the Hornby Island OCP Review. In addition,
she does research and policy work for the Islands Trust Council on groundwater
management, marine stewardship initiatives and other Trust Area issues.
Derek Pratt, a consultant with Planistics Management Inc., has been hired
to assemble the first draft Part 2 of the Keats Island RLUB, which must
be consistent with the policies in the revised Part 1. The revision and
redrafting process will take place throughout this fall and winter.
are the Next Steps?
Spring & Summer 2002. Once all three members of the Gambier LTC believe that subsequent revisions have produced a document that will have broad public support, the Final DRAFT Keats Island Rural Land Use Bylaw will be considered for 1st Reading. At this stage, under a formal statutory review process, the Proposed Bylaw will be referred to government agencies for final comment, posted on-line, and mailed to Keats Islanders. The public will be invited to submit comments at a formal public hearing, to be held on Keats, probably sometime in June or early July 2002.
After the Public Hearing, the LTC will decide to either: (1) give 2nd and 3rd Reading to the Bylaw; (2) amend the Bylaw before 2nd and 3rd Reading; or (3) amend the Bylaw and hold another Public Hearing to consider further public comment. Agency approvals may also be required if revisions are made to the Bylaw.
After 2nd and 3rd Reading, the Bylaw will be sent to the Islands Trust Executive Committee for approval, to confirm that the Bylaw conforms to the legislated “preserve and protect” objective, and the Islands Trust Policy Statement. The Bylaw will then be sent to the Minister of Community, Aboriginal & Women’s Services for approval. After Ministerial approval is given, a 4th Reading and Final Adoption may be given by the LTC – which implements the Bylaw. And the Keats Island Planning Review Process will then be complete.
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