Salt Spring Housing Crisis explained

Is Salt Spring in the middle of a housing crisis?  It all depends on who you talk to and what one defines as a crisis. If you move to Salt Spring and have limited funds and are looking to rent a home at about $1000 per month your probably out of luck.  There are basically no homes to rent on Salt Spring Island at this time and not just because it's the usual summer madness. If you are … [Read more...]

Candidate for Regional Director CREA

I'm running for the position of board member Regional Director for BC for the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).  Below is my official platform after edits suggested by CREA lawyers. My name is Scott Simmons. I’m a REALTOR® on Salt Spring Island BC. If you go to the site and put in Salt Spring Island BC on the “find a REALTOR®” tab you will not find me. Even though I have been … [Read more...]

CRD sewer and solid waste

The nuts and bolts of local goverment are really the non glamours basics of water, sewer and garbage (solid waste).   The CRD is the local service provider for Salt Spring.  On the night of 24 Nov 2016 Russ Smith Senior Manager, Environmental Resource Management for the CRD put on a waste presentation.  Here is a copy of the slide show for his presentation. Not covered during the … [Read more...]

Incorporation – A Third Option: Self-governance with contracted services

This was just posted on the Salt Spring exchange in 4 parts.  I have permission from John Gauld the author to publish this document on my Salt Spring web site;   SSI is known as a community that questions conventional practices and is creative and innovative in its response to community challenges. Perhaps the up-coming incorporation question is an opportunity for islanders to think … [Read more...]

Salt Spring’s new SSIWPA PAC

If you live on Salt Spring you have to get used to all the acronyms.  If you have not heard of SSIWPA it's because it's new.   SSIWPA stands for Salt Spring Island WaterShed Protection Authority.  Today  was the first meeting of the SSIWPA PAC (Public Advisory Committee). The ideal behind SSIWPA is that it will coordinate gov agencies in the protection of the watershed and lakes of Salt … [Read more...]

Salt Spring local election news

Salt Spring will be having a local election on the 15 of November 2014.  There will be 2 trustees for the island trust elected and one CRD director.   If you would like to know the lay out of local government here is an excellent organization chart. Salt Spring Island Local Governance  Basically the Island Trust does local zoning and land use via bylaws and the CRD handles water, sewer and … [Read more...]

Salt Spring Island CEDC

Tonight the Salt Spring Island CEDC (Community Economic Development Commission), which is a sub committee of the CRD (Capitol Regional District),  put on an information night on what they have been doing for the last 3 years or so.  This pdf will explain local Salt Spring local government organizations; Salt Spring Island Local Governance Below is a recording of the main presentation.  The first … [Read more...]

Salt Spring Island Industrial Advisory Planning Commission report

Salt Spring Island Industrial Advisory Planning Commission draft final report is out.  Here is a copy of the report.  iapc-draft-report-july-15 All in it's an excellent report that was put together by a stellar group of Salt Spring volunteers. The basic recommendations are to change the current industrial / commercial zoning into 5 zones; 1. General Employment Zone 1 2. General … [Read more...]

Could Ganges grow up?

In Response to the August 20th Driftwood article “More Planning crucial for a healthy economy” As John Tylee, chair of the Salt Spring Community Economic Development Commission, states in last week’s Driftwood; “The last decades have seen tremendous advances in understanding how to create exciting places. Encouraging downtown living to maximize after hour activities, making the most of … [Read more...]

Salt Spring Island Industrial Land Needs Assessment Report

Salt Spring Island Industrial Land Needs Assessment Report. To be a consultant and write reports, that's the life. There seems to be so many reports and so little action ever. It is an interesting report prepared for the Island Trust. The recommendations from the report make perfect sense, basically stream line the complex zoning, I wish I had thought of that (maybe I did … [Read more...]

TV show Realty Reality on Salt Spring

So glad shooting for the new Real Estate TV show "Realty Reality" is over. It was a lot of work. It all looks so easy on TV but in reality it was not easy. I think they were waiting for the "moment" to happen. You know the big fall down the steps or fall of the dock. I think they did shoot a few moments hopefully they will end up on the cutting room floor. The worst part was actually getting all … [Read more...]

All candidate Q&A salt spring

All Candidate Q&A on Salt Spring at GISS on May 2, 2013 Video by Scott Simmons. … [Read more...]

6 million dollar fire hall?

...Update the Salt Spring fire department has lost two referendums on building this massively over designed fire hall. Once in 2007 and once in 2013. The island taxpayer have voted twice and yet the fire board continues down this path to what again another referendum? Maybe it's wishful thinking of third time lucky. Obviously the taxpayers of Salt Spring do not think the fire department needs a … [Read more...]

Does the home get sunlight?

If you’re planning to live on Salt Spring year-round, one of the most important things to consider when buying a property is SUNLIGHT. Do the neighbor’s trees or a mountain block the sun during the winter months?  According to Salt Spring real estate mythology, “If they buy in August, they will list in November and sell in December.”  Unfortunately, this myth is sad, but true.  The long dark … [Read more...]

News Release from BCREA

BC Home Sales Remain Subdued but Stable Vancouver, BC – February 18, 2013.  The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 3,410 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC during January, up 1.8 per cent from December on a seasonally adjusted (SA) basis, but down 13.6 per cent compared to January 2012.  Similarly, total sales … [Read more...]

CFSI FM Salt Spring Radio has been SOLD

Updated Feb 13, 2012 CFSI has been sold to a Surrey BC Company.  Satnam Media Group (BC) Ltd. (Satnam BC). Attached is a letter that came from the CRTC regarding the sale. CRTC CFSI Letter Some of the programmers meet with Mr Sukhdev S. Dhillon owner of Satnam Media group on Feb 11, 2013 at the Harbour House hotel on Salt Spring.  The meeting went well.  Mr Dhillon said he hopes to build … [Read more...]

Moving with Sea Containers

Hi Scott. You were asking if I could write a piece for your blog about our experience of moving across Canada with shipping (sea) containers by train – so here goes. This was a long move – 6000 km from New Brunswick to Salt Spring Island. We wanted a moving option that was going to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and not break the bank. I recall you mentioned that you have had clients … [Read more...]

Salt Spring new Indoor Tennis facility

Fernando and all the Salt Spring Tennis Association should be very proud of their new indoor tennis court.  I had no ideal that there are only 32 other indoor tennis facilities in all of Canada.  This was one long build with many sorted details that went on for a 10 year period.  The actual building phase went very fast as to compared to all the other hiccups along the way.   The island is going … [Read more...]

Houses Made of Wood and Light by Michele Dunkerley

The Radio Real Estate show was honored to have Michele Dunkerley author of 'Houses Made of Wood and Light' on the show today.  The book is about noted Salt Spring architect Hank Schubart.  If you have ever been in a Shubart home you would probably know it.  As per the press release “The book traces the career of an architect who had a genius for finding the perfect site for a home and for … [Read more...]

Straw Bale wall on Salt Spring

Molly and the Mud Girls are building a straw bale wall with a cob finish in front of Charlies home on Fulford Ganges on Salt Spring Island.  This was quite a site full of enthusiasm. Here is the link to the Mud Girls site .  The Mud Girls offer assistance to owner-builders who are embarking on their own natural building adventure. You can hire their crew for projects big or small such … [Read more...]