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General News · 20th September 2012
Strathcona Regional District
BYLAW NO. 139 Cortes Island Official Community Plan Bylaw 2012
Date of Public Hearing; Sat,October 6, 2012
Location of Public Hearing:Gorge Hall
1375 Robertson Road
Whaletown, Cortes Island, BC
Public Hearing to Commence at: 1:00 p.m.

Area Affected by Proposed Bylaw: That portion of the Strathcona Regional District described as Electoral Area B (Cortes Island); the geographic extent including Cortes, Marina, Subtle and Twin Islands and small offshore islets.
Purpose of Proposed Bylaw: In general terms, Bylaw No. 139, being Cortes Island Official Community Plan Bylaw 2012, if adopted, would satisfy the requirements for Official Community Plans under Section 875(1) of the Local Government Act and would repeal Bylaw No. 1740, being the “Cortes Official Community Plan Bylaw, 1995” and all amendments thereto.
As defined by the Local Government Act, the purpose and intent of an Official Community Plan (OCP) is to provide guidance for long-term planning, development, and land use management within the area covered by the plan, through a statement of objectives and policies respecting the purposes of local government. In the case of Bylaw No. 139, the proposed OCP maintains the land stewardship practices established under Bylaw No. 1740 and also offers policy development in the following areas:
1.Environment: This section has been expanded to differentiate between sensitive ecosystems, habitat protection and wilderness protection; Riparian Areas Regulation requirements have been added and a Freshwater Conservancy designation has been added to provide a measure of protection for drinking water supply(ies).
2.Sustainable Development: Sustainable principles and goals have been included in the OCP for Electoral Area B. In addition to climate change policy, including targets and policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, coastal planning and sea level rise considerations are also identified.
3.First Nations: The OCP lies within the traditional territory of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, and Xwémalhkwu First Nations and a section has been included that provides this context. Policy has been introduced regarding cooperative engagement, forestry and economic development.
4.Manson’s Landing: The OCP introduces preparatory local planning for Manson’s Landing as a primary social place on Cortes Island, including an amenity list for future development. Land use planning, waste management planning and environmental protection have been identified as key implementation projects in the future.
5.Coastal Designations: Current OCP mapping within Bylaw No. 1740 does not include designations over coastal waters. The proposed bylaw includes four new marine designations including Coastal Off-shore, Coastal Access, Coastal First Nations and Coastal Harbours. The intention of this change is to provide a long range planning framework for the myriad of marine activities in Electoral Area B.
6.Aquaculture: The OCP offers policy respecting aquaculture uses, including a list of criteria for aquaculture applications and direction to seek Map Reserve status for Gorge Harbour.
7.Agricultural Land Stewardship (ALS): A new agricultural designation has been introduced that provides for land sharing for farm operations. Similar in framework to Community Land Stewardship or Forest Land Stewardship, ALS allows for an increased number of dwellings to be sited on lands in support of farming activities. This designation does not apply to ALR lands.
8.Community Amenities: The proposed OCP includes a list of community amenities that may be requested in the event that a proposed development requests increased density.

Copies of the proposed bylaw and related information are available for inspection at the Strathcona Regional District Customer Service Centre, located at #102 – 990 Cedar Street, Campbell River, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays from September 21, 2012 to October 5, 2012. The bylaw may also be viewed on the Strathcona Regional District website at
The public hearing will be held by a delegation of the Strathcona Regional District Board comprising the directors representing Electoral Areas A, B, C and D. Anyone who believes their interests are affected by the proposed bylaw will be given an opportunity to be heard or to file a written submission at the public hearing.
Written submissions from persons who are unable to attend the public hearing may be delivered by hand or electronically to the Regional District office and must be received no later than 12:00 noon on October 5, 2012 to be considered as part of the public hearing record. The Strathcona Regional District cannot consider any representations made after the close of the public hearing.