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General News · 12th December 2011
Wendy Legare

During the last four months of meetings to discuss Draft 2 of the OCP Review, some residents have demanded that our current bylaws be enforced. Others want more restrictions. Still others state we do not want to be regulated. Why bother when current regulations are not enforced anyway? We have heard repeatedly that lacking enforcement the entire Review exercise is futile. Establishing a Land Trust for Cortes has been suggested.

Saltspring Island faced the following situation this year. The Local Trust considered Bylaw 464 (Enforcement of Bylaw Notices within the SaltSpring Island Local Trust Area). The Bylaw sets penalties for infractions of the (LUB) Land Use Bylaw and the Soil Removal Bylaw.

Section 2.5.2 of the LUB states:
- EACH DAY DURING WHICH AN OFFENCE AGAINST THIS BYLAW IS CONTINUED IS DEEMED TO CONSTITUTE A NEW AND SEPARATE OFFENCE.

Examples from Proposed Bylaw Designations and Penalties:

Section - Offence - Fine
3.10.1(1) Storage Of More Than Two (2) Unenclosed Vehicles $150
3.10.1(2) Storage Of Unenclosed Detached Vehicle Parts $150
3.11.4 Dwelling Unit With Rooms Not Contiguous/Accessible From Within $300
3.12.3 Accessory Building Used For Accommodation $300
3.13.2 Home Based Business Exceeding Maximum Floor Area $250
3.13.3 More Than One (1) Additional Person Employed In Home Based Business $250
3.13.4 Exterior Indication Of Home Based Business $250
3.16.1 Travel Trailer/RV Occupied Longer Than 90 Days $300
4.1.1 Accessory Building Within Three (3) Metres Of Another Building $150
4.2.1 Building Or Structure Impeding Visibility At Intersection $300
4.4.3 Fill For Structure Within 15 Metres Of A Water Body $300
Soil 3.2 Fail to Obtain Permit For Removal Or Deposit Activity $300

for the 5-page extensive list:
http://www.saltspringfolly.com/blog/docs/fines.pdf
from:
http://saltspringfolly.com/blog/2011/02/26/romania-or-bust/