Update from December 13/23 Island Trust - Local Trust Committee Meeting
Good Evening HISTRA Members
It was a very interesting meeting last night.
For those who were not able to attend, it will be available to watch in the next week or so on the Hornby Local Trust Committee website https://islandstrust.bc.ca/mapping-resources/document-library/ Once there you must search the document library to find it, we will also send out a link when it is posted.
Also just an FYI the OCP project page seems to be in the process of being updated, but the correspondence, if you want to read it, will be there - likely tomorrow: Hornby Island OCP Update Project Page
Thank You for all the support you've been offering - to those who spoke last night - you were amazing! To those who wrote, thank you for your time and stories. It was clear, particularly in the comments from Trustee Alex Allen at the beginning of the meeting, that your letters have created a deeper and clearer understanding about who the Hornby Vacation Rental community is and our deep and long roots in the community.
At the meeting the Trustees agreed with the the staff recommendation and passed the following motion: That prior to consideration of draft bylaws to amend the Hornby Island Official Community Plan or Land Use Bylaw, the Hornby Island Local Trust Committee request staff to prepare an analysis of options and implications of “The Short-Term Rental Accommodation Act (Bill 35)” as it pertains to the regulation or prohibition of vacation home rental use.
The trustees also passed a second motion, recommended by staff, that required a separate community meeting to review and gather feedback on those options, once drafted. The expectation is the meeting will happen in February.
The HISTRA Board is pleased that the Trustees took the staff recommendations and passed both these motions.
What that means is that we will be calling for help and engagement to participate in the community meeting to review and discuss the options IT Staff will prepare.
We will reach out as soon as we have information about when and where the meeting will be (the recommendation is for a hybrid meeting to accommodate both in person and remote attendance).
Again our thanks to you all, we made an impact because you told your stories.
Wishing you and yours the best of Holiday Seasons and a Happy, Healthy New Year
Your HISTRA BoardMichael Williams, Patrick Lui, Donna Tuele, Ray Therrien, Angela Hudson, Karen Young, Karen Ross, Michelle Easterly, Arifin Graham and Eulala Mills, Directors
There will be an Islands Trust Meeting discussing the implications of the Provincial Short Term Vacation Rental Act
and the CHANGES to OUR Land Use Bylaws this week.
The meeting is December 13th starting at 4:30 PM.
Please plan to attend. https://islandstrust.bc.ca/event/hornby-ltc-regular-meeting-7/
Because the Province has passed changes to the BC Local Government Act
removing grandfathering protections, specifically in relation to Vacation Rentals, for all properties in B.C,
if Island Trust also removes Short Term Rentals as a legal property use, as is currently planned,
Hornby will have no pathway for legal operation of any Vacation Rentals - existing or new.
Our Trustees have not yet determined how they will respond to the Provincial changes.
It's important they hear from us, and the whole community, about how we can all move forward.
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FINAL_HISTRA Response to Hornby Island APC Reccommendations made March 22 2022_July24_22 (pdf)Download
APC-recommendations March22 (pdf)Download
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