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Peter Johnston

Islands Trustee

Trust Council will be meeting electronically June 8 through 10. The meeting schedule and agenda has not yet been announced. The agenda package will be available near the end of May or beginning of June. If you would like a preview of what the schedule and agenda package might look like, check out the agenda package for the May 26 Executive Committee meeting, which has draft/tentative agenda items and schedule beginning on  page 22.

https://islandstrust.bc.ca/event/executive-committee-may-26-2021/

Lasqueti Trust Committee electronic meeting is scheduled for June 21, starting at 9:30. Details and agenda package will be posted about ten days before the meeting.

The Official Community Plan revision project Staff Report from our April meeting includes each suggested change from members of the public, along with staff comments and recommended actions. Many of the public comments were flagged by staff for consideration by the LTC. I presume that we will be giving them consideration at this meeting, as we are required to meet only in public. The staff report will be part of the agenda package, but you can access it now at:

 

www.islandstrust.bc.ca/island-planning/lasqueti/projects/

Click on 2. Staff Reports.  It’s the last report, 2021-04-26

It’ll be one of the longest days of the year, unrelated to the meeting. The LTC has received 59 emails from community members supporting fuel sales and farm/feed sales on Lasqueti, being safe, convenient and wanted by the community, and requesting that LTC not proceed with enforcement. Most were from individuals; a handful were from a household or couple. I understand that Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement have reached an agreement with the owners, and that the businesses will continue to operate.

It’s pretty clear that the community will need to do a bunch of work to reconcile what we want to permit residents be able to do with what our Land Use Bylaw says. This is particularly obvious in commercial and industrial uses, and we might want to consider some possible limits to home enterprises.  I’ll be asking at our LTC meeting if there is anything we can do soon, or if the whole situation needs to be addressed in a LUB revision, after we’ve finished our OCP revision. This is very likely to be the focus task for the next term, beginning fall of 2022.

On a related note, our fees for rezoning applications are already high, especially when we consider how few customers might be served by a commercial or industrial enterprise. Our community will have to carefully consider the Trusts Council’s forthcoming request that we increase our application fees to recover more of the costs of processing applications.

Finally, I’ve been told by several people that I should find and promote someone to continue in my place as one of our locally elected trustees. I will not be doing this. I will continue to suggest and request that each of you consider who you think might make a good trustee, and encourage that person to run in the local government elections in the early fall of 2022. I’d be very happy to have a number of candidates for people to choose from.  I’m glad to provide information and advice, especially if I’m asked.

Thanks for your involvement in our community.

Peter

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