Salt Spring Commons
Salt Spring Commons consists of 24 townhouse dwellings in eight buildings on a 5 acre site on Bishop’s Walk Rd. The costs of dwellings will be mixed with some available for ownership to those households making under $60,000 per year and rental units available for those making less than $45,000. The project is being led by Salt Spring Island Community Services (SSICS), with additional funding from BC Housing and Vancity.
While the project was long zoned for affordable housing and was initially fully funded, Islands Trust caused numerous delays, and a hot housing market saw construction costs grow by a third. Now an additional $1.5M in funding is being sought before it can be built.
Dragonfly Commons is a plan for 30 Strata lots with detached houses on a 10.5 acre site on Drake Road. Housing sizes would range from 450 to 650 sq ft. The project is being led privately by Fernando and Tami dos Santos and is focused on middle and low-income SSI residents. It was initially focused on those working in healthcare or social services, under 35 and a gross yearly income of less than $60,000
Challenges faced by this project include multiple delays in drafting the Affordable Housing Agreement with the Islands Trust. Water delays with North Salt Spring Water Works of over a year with no end in sight have caused the proponents to drastically change the model from home ownership to rental.
The expansion of Croftonbrook on a 5 acre owned lot would add 54 mixed model rental housing units to the existing 20 units of subsidized rental housing for seniors or those with disabilities. The proposed units will accommodate individuals, couples and small families with low to moderate incomes. Some units will be provided for those experiencing homelessness.
The project is being led by Island Women Against Violence (IWAV) and received full funding from CRD Regional Housing First Program, a partnership with CRD, BC Housing, Island Health, and The Salt Spring Island Foundation.
The project has received numerous delays from Islands Trust and has faced a small but vocal amount of local opposition.