Places Protected in the Islands
The Lot 31 Covenant protects 67 hectares of older forest and riparian ecosystem from ever being subdivided, logged or built upon. The covenant came to the Islands Trust Fund as a result of the transfer of the property's development rights. On Salt Spring Island, landowners owning properties in certain areas can take the theoretical number of lots the Official Community Plan allows their property to be subdivided into and sell those development rights to other properties in designated 'receiving ' areas. This unique planning tool allows the community to intensify development in suitable areas on the island while preserving the most ecologically significant areas.
The landowner of Lot 31 was one of the first to apply to the local government to sell the property's development rights. In exchange, a conservation covenant was placed on the property to signify that the land would remain natural forever.
The Steils and the Steil's Woods Covenant
After more than 50 years immersed in the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland, Sara and Richard Steil now enjoy a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.
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