Rezoning Proposals


Concept — Seymour Landing

This website provides information about the rezoning proposals for:
a) a pilot project for affordable market housing on Cates Hill,
b) for Seymour Landing at Cowan Point, and
c) for Parkview Slopes on Cates Hill.


Sustainability—a three-legged stool

Sustainability: A Three-Legged Stool

Bowen Island has a publicly stated goal of sustainability — most commonly described as a three-legged stool, with each leg representing one of three fundamental elements: environmental, economic, and social well being. In the past the island has focused primarily on the environmental leg. It seems to be widely recognized that greater emphasis is needed now on the legs of economic and social well being.

The rezoning proposals focus on creating long-lasting new business initiatives toward the development of a sustainable local economy, and diversity of housing forms to retain and foster a healthy diversity in Bowen’s social fabric (i.e., age, lifestyle, income, family status), while at the same time maintaining sound environmental principles and practices.

In short, the proposals take another step in implementing some of the most important key objectives of three successive Official Community Plans.

For more information about the reasons for the proposals, and key project objectives, see Why?


Detail-Concept-Affordable-Market-Housing-c-Bowen-Island-PropertiesA “pilot project” regarding AFFORDABLE MARKET HOUSING was the subject of a rezoning application by Cates Hill Joint Venture in November 2014 (amended in July 2015 and March 2016) to allow stratification of a home with attached suite on each of Lots 62, 64, 65, and 68 on Rivendell Drive on Cates Hill. Identical homes with suites can be built under the current zoning, which permits a dwelling plus secondary suite on each of the lots. The only change we requested wasthe ability to stratify the home and suite so that both can be owned separately.

The proposed rezoning is intended as a “pilot project” to explore and evaluate the market response to a form of affordable home ownership which, despite a widely recognized need and strong demand, is currently not available on Bowen Island.

On July 11, 2016 Municipal Council gave final reading to a bylaw that allows stratification of a home with attached suite on each of Lots 62, 64, 65, and 68 on Rivendell Drive.

For more information about the Affordable Market Housing proposal, see Affordable Market Housing—”Pilot Project” on Cates Hill.


Detail-Concept-Seymour-Landing-c-Bowen-Island-PropertiesThe SEYMOUR LANDING area at Cowan Point is approximately 54 acres in size. In summary, current zoning permits 25 dwelling units (could range in size from 9,750 square feet to 24,000 square feet each), a 20-room inn (which is marginally viable at best) with ancillary uses, and a retreat centre.

In May 2014 (amended in September 2014) we proposed a modified vision for Seymour Landing with a focus on strengthening local economy, providing alternative housing forms, and encouraging a passenger ferry link to Vancouver and the North Shore — in summary:

  • A small passenger ferry dock at Seymour Bay;
  • An expanded Inn at Seymour Bay;
  • Independent/Supportive Living in rental housing and owner-occupied detached and attached homes, apartments, condos (a range of services will be provided, e.g. meals, housekeeping, laundry, regularly planned activities, shuttle bus service, assistance with shopping, trips on and off the island);
  • Commercial guest accommodation on adjacent District Lot 2448 (associated with the Inn);
  • Retention of the previously allowed retreat centre on District Lot 2448;
  • A Scandanavian-style spa facility on District Lot 2448;
  • The combination of 3 primary economic uses (i.e., inn/commercial guest accommodation, retreat, and independent/supportive living) allows the provision of shared common services (e.g.,  meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, administration and management) at a scale of operation that is economically viable, but that would be difficult to achieve on Bowen Island by any of those uses alone.
  • A mix of market housing forms on District Lot 2448 (mostly attached homes);
  • A widened waterfront park at Seymour Bay;
  • Trail extensions;
  • Public access to the waterfront on District Lot 2448, including a small waterfront park.

For more information about the Seymour Landing proposal, see Seymour Landing.


Detail-Concept-Parkview-Slopes-c-Bowen-Island-PropertiesThe PARKVIEW SLOPES area on Cates Hill is approximately 21 acres in size. Current zoning permits 23 single-family residential homes, plus an acre where the Tir-na-nOg Theatre School is located.

In May 2009 (amended in September 2014) we proposed a modified vision for Parkview Slopes — in summary:

  • A broad variety of market and non-market housing forms on a mixture of long-term lease lots (non-market) and fee simple lots (market) for:
    • Detached cottage-style “micro/eco homes” (750 to 1,150 square feet) for single and small households; and
    • Detached and attached garden-style homes in a variety ranging from single dwellings to duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes; and
    • Non-market rental housing (composed of 1-bedroom/studio, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom units);
  • A live/work complex to provide spaces on floors with ground-level access for use by trades, artisans, and small businesses to manufacture, assemble, store, and display finished and unfinished products, and self-storage; the upper floors will have living quarters and may include rental accommodation for boarders or “communal living” (studio-like units with common kitchen facility);
  • Confirm theatre school use and other community uses next to the existing theatre school building, such as daycare, assembly, etc.

For more information about the Parkview Slopes proposal, see Parkview Slopes.