ISLANDS TRUST CONTACT INFORMATION:
To email all 3 Representatives:
Ongoing over the entire Islands Trust area is the Islands 2050: The Future of the Trust Area project, to get people’s input into updating the Islands Trust Policy Statement.
The Islands Trust Act defines the Object of the Trust: “to preserve and protect the trust area and its unique amenities and environment for the benefit of residents of the trust area and of the province generally, in cooperation with municipalities, regional districts, improvement districts, other persons and organizations and the Government of British Columbia.”
The Act requires that the Islands Trust Council adopt a Policy Statement to set out how the Islands Trust will carry out the Object of the Trust. The Policy Statement must be approved by the minister, and we want to make sure that it is supported by Trust communities. Local Trust Committee bylaws may not be contrary to or at variance with the Policy Statement. The current Policy Statement was adopted in 1994 and has been amended several times, most recently in 2002.
There is lots of information on-line about this project, and opportunities for giving input. There was a public event at the hall November 21, and there will be more, as the project is in two phases and will be ongoing for some time. The current phase is concentrating on the Introductory section and Parts 1 (Purpose and Implementation) and Part 2 (Object and Guiding Principles) and the definitions section. Phase 2 will deal with Parts 3 (Ecosystem Preservation and Protection), Part 4 (Stewardship of Resources) and Part 5 (Sustainable Communities).
Peter Johnston will have some printed copies of the current Policy Statement and will post some of them and make others available to people who would like to read and study them. He will try to get as much information as possible accessible to non-electronic people, and to facilitate their participation. Please let me know if you are without an electronic connection and would like to participate.
For those with a connection, the best place to start learning and contributing is: