As of April, 2021, the Provincial department FLNRO, Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, granted Dragonfly Commons a Groundwater License for the use of our well-water for 30 homes. After an exhaustive amount of research and water studies by FLNRO and two hydrogeologists, it was determined that the amount of water needed is amply supplied by our two wells, and, at that usage, there would be no impact on the neighbouring wells, nor on the aquifer. We had to stop this housing project because the Water Licensing process took four years, rather than the two year time-frame that we had anticipated. These are the types of delays and complications that make affordable housing so difficult to accomplish.
It has been a busy month working to create affordable housing on Salt Spring.
on behalf of Dragonfly Commons Housing Society
Posted on Facebook by IHA, Islanders for Housing Action
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Click on blog title to read article about the Parc Commission meeting
Unfortunately we have run into a roadblock with the CRD PARC Commission which does not appear to grasp the seriousness of the housing crisis and the difficulty of providing affordable housing. They have steadfastly refused to accept our 50% land donation and have voted to make us pay $15,000 in cash-in-lieu of land. Thankfully CRD Director Wayne McIntyre does not agree with the Commission and has put the matter back on the Agenda for them to reconsider the matter this Monday, April the 16th at 5:00 pm at the Portlock portable. We have been added to their agenda as a delegation and will be trying to get them to reverse their decision. We do not believe that they are in tune with the community and if they truly support affordable housing, as they purport to do, they should not be asking us to contribute money when we are more than ready to contribute land. If you have time, please feel free to attend the meeting and show your support.
Tami and Fernando Dos Santos
Dragonfly Commons Housing Society
An Affordable Neighbourhood on Salt Spring Island
The Housing Council is an organization that supports and advocates for affordable housing in our community: “We recognize that affordable housing is a cornerstone of community sustainability and quality of life”.
We, at Dragonfly, have been quite involved with the Housing Council initiative to bring together all of the stakeholders in the affordable housing sphere on Salt Spring to publicize the severity of the housing crisis. They have a wonderful volunteer publicist, Jason Mogus; also Rhonan Heitzmann has really taken up the fight to help with affordable housing including a new column in the Driftwood highlighting the housing crisis.
March 26th (7 to 9 pm) Lions Hall
Doors @ 6:30 pm
Over the past few months, both Fernando and Tami have attended a number of the Salt Spring Island Community Alliance meetings in order to represent Dragonfly Commons and to speak about affordable housing in general.
Next Monday, March 26th, the Alliance meeting will spotlight “Drake Road Affordable Housing”.
Excerpt from their website:
Kisae Petersen and Fernando dos Santos will join the Alliance, for our March meeting to contribute their knowledge to our conversation about Drake Road affordable housing.
Kisae Petersen, Salt Spring Island Housing Council Chair, Director of Housing for Island Women Against violence (who are working hard to develop new affordable housing at Croftonbrook.)
Fernando and Tami Dos Santos, are spearheading a local not-for-profit initiative – Dragonfly Commons – to bring about an innovative solution to our local workforce housing crisis on Drake Road.
As well as others who will specifically address the local issues regarding affordable housing.
We are encouraged by the support for affordable housing from this group. Consider attending this meeting to show your interest in housing.
For more information about the Community Alliance, check out their website: http://sscommunityalliance.org/
or find them on Facebook.