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Information for the Buyer and the Seller:

Professional Services  Commissions:

The GST will  apply to  most services provided by GST/PST registrants in BC. As such, service-providers like REALTORS®, home inspectors, and appraisers will be required by government to collect and remit 5% GST on their fees.

Foreign Entity or Taxable Trustee and Property Transfer Tax Information (PTT) :

The Property Transfer Tax Act as amended imposes an additional Property Transfer Tax of 15% of the fair market value of any residential property being purchased by a Foreign Entity. The Buyer will thus be required to pay Property Transfer Tax equal to the total of:

(a) 1% of the Purchase Price on the first $200,000;
(b) 2% of the Purchase Price that exceeds $200,000 but does not exceed $2,000,000;
(c) 3% of the Purchase Price that exceeds $2,000,000; plus
(d) an additional Property Transfer Tax equal to 15 % of the Purchase Price.

The Buyer has obtained or will obtain independent legal advice with respect to the payment of Property Transfer Tax.

Building Information:

The Saturna Island By laws and the permitted uses for:

RURAL RESIDENTIAL ZONE (RR)

Permitted Uses
The following uses are permitted, subject to the regulations set out in this section and the general regulations set out in Part 2, and all other uses are prohibited.
(1) Residential;
(2) Home occupations.

Residential Site Density
On a parcel hectares (3 acres) or less the maximum density is one (1) residence.
On a parcel greater than 1.21 hectares (3 acres) the maximum density is one (1)
residence and one (1) cottage.

Lot Coverage
On lots less than .4 hectare (one acre), lot coverage for buildings and structures shall not exceed 20 %.

Building Setbacks
No building or structure except a fence or pumphouse shall be located within 7.6 metres (25 ft.) of any front lot line or rear lot line .No building or structure or part thereof except a fence or pumphouse shall be located closer than a distance of 3 metres (10 ft.) measured from the interior side lot line to the furthest projection of the building, nor, subject to the regulations adopted pursuant to the Highways Act, closer than 4.5 metres (15 ft.) from an exterior side lot line. No enclosure or structure for housing animals and poultry shall be closer than 7.6 metres
(25 ft.) to any property line.

Subdivision Lot Size Requirements
No lot having an area less than 0.81 hectares (2 acres) may be created by subdivision in the Rural Residential Zone except where a proposed lot fronts on the ocean, it may have an area not less than 0.4 hectares (1 acre). No subdivision plan may be approved unless the lots created by the subdivision have an average area of at least 2.02 hectares (5 acres).

RURAL GENERAL ZONE (RG)

Permitted Uses
In the Rural General (RG) Zone the following uses are permitted, subject to the
regulations set out in this section and the general regulations set out in Part 2, and all other uses are prohibited.
(1) residential; (2) home occupations and home based industry;
In addition to the uses permitted above, the following uses shall be permitted on parcels 1.0 ha (2.5 acres) or larger:

Residential Site Density
On a parcel 1.21 hectares (3 acres) or less the maximum density is one (1) residence. On a parcel greater than 1.21 hectares (3 acres) and less than 4.05 hectares (10 acres) the maximum density is one (1) residence and one (1) cottage (under 1000sq ft). On parcels 4.05 hectares (10 acres) or greater one (1) residence and one (1) cottage per 2.02 hectares (5 acres) are permitted up to a maximum density of five (5) units and five (5) cottages per parcel.

Lot Coverage
On lots less than .4 hectare (one acre), lot coverage for buildings and structures shall not exceed 20 %.

Building Setbacks
No building or structure or part thereof except a fence or pumphouse shall be located within 7.6 metres (25 ft.) of any front lot line or rear lot line. No building or structure or part thereof except a fence or pumphouse shall be located within 3 metres (10 feet) of any interior side lot line nor subject to the regulations adopted pursuant to the Highways Act, shall be located closer than 4.5 metres (15 ft.) from an exterior side lot line. No enclosure or structure for housing animals and poultry shall be closer than 7.6 metres (25 ft.) to any property line.

Subdivision Lot Size Requirements
No lot having an area less than 0.81 hectares (2 acres) may be created by subdivision in the Rural General Zone. No subdivision plan may be approved unless the lots created by the subdivision have an average area of at least 2.02 hectares (5 acres).

FOREST GENERAL ZONE (FG) Permitted Uses

9.2.1 In the Forest General (FG) Zone the following uses are permitted, subject to the regulations set out in this section and the general regulations set out in Part 2, and all other uses are prohibited.

9.2.1(1) residential;

9.2.1(2) the harvesting of trees and the carrying out of all silvicultural practices;

9.2.1(3) grazing, accessory to the growing of trees

9.2.1(4) portable wood chippers and sawmills for logs harvested on the parcel;

9.2.1(5) television and radio antennas;

9.2.1(6) home occupations and home based industry; and,

9.2.1(7) farm use on land within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

Height
9.2.2 No building shall exceed 9 metres (30 ft.) in height.

Building Setbacks
9.2.3 No building or structure except a fence or a pumphouse shall be located within 7.6 metres (25 ft.) of any front or rear lot line, nor within 3 metres (9.8 ft.) of any interior side lot line, nor within 4.6 metres (15 ft.) of any exterior side lot line.

Site Density
9.2.4 The permitted site density shall be one residence and one cottage per parcel.

Lot Size Requirements
9.2.5 No lot having an area less than 20.24 hectares (50 acres) may be created by subdivisionin this Zone.

For more zoning information:
Go to www.islandstrust.bc.ca click on Saturna Island land use by-law

Legislation which has been in effect since 2002 concerning bluffs and riparian areas

There are some special procedures for properties along fish-bearing streams and bluffs. This affects portions of this rocky island (as there are many bluffs) and the entire Lyall Creek Area.

a. DEVELOPMENT PERMIT AREA:
Along bluffs and streams (fish-bearing or not), when obtaining a building permit must be passed by the appropriate Island Trust planner. The Trust has a map of the island that delineates the Development Permit Area. This is done by overlaying it on a subdivision map of the island. Developing the lot on such an area cannot be stopped; they only need to be sure that the building plans do not in any way impact the biology of the area. (There are guidelines in Saturna's Official Community Plan that tell what has to be done.) Once the application is submitted a report from a qualified biologist will confirm the building site is not harmful to the area (bluffs or stream). The permit itself costs around $500 plus the cost for the biologist's report.

b. RIPARIAN AREAS:
When reviewing the information on Development Permit Areas it can affect those properties within 30 m of any creek. This requirement was put in place by the Ministry of Environment about 2 years ago. It legislates a report by a Qualified Environmental Professional and it's easy to meet the requirements if the stream is not fish-bearing. A short report just confirms it's not a fish-bearing stream. If it is a fish-bearing stream, however, like Lyall Creek, it mandates a more comprehensive report. This report is similar to the DPA in that building plans will not adversely affect the fish-bearing stream.


What is the Population and Size of Saturna?

Approximately 320 residents and 130 are full time.

3422 hectares (8,455 acres)

What types of water systems are there on Island?

There are three main water systems:

1) Lyall Harbour/Boot Cove Water System
This service provides water supply and distribution facilities for the Lyall Harbour/Boot Cove area on Saturna Island, Southern Gulf Islands. About 171 lots participate in the service. Water is drawn from Money Lake.

This service is administered by the Lyall Harbour/Boot Cove Local Service Committee.   Contact -- John Wiznuk 250.539.3275

2) Drilled wells, springs and artesian wells are other water sources

3) Cisterns. Most of the residents in the Cliffside area have water catchment systems and there is at least one desalinization plant on a property used as a back up.

Are there Certified Septic installers on Island?

1) ITG Enterprises (250) 539-5463
2) Rowe (Ian) (250) 539-2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3) Andrew Money (250) 539-2255

Site preparation?

1) Gaines Enterprises (250) 539-2452
2) Rowe (Ian) (250) 539-2013
3) Saturna Garage and Contracting (250) 539-5245

Who is available for construction on Island?

Services:

Architects and Designers:

Zimmerman Architecture  -- (250) 539-5663                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    White Designs -- (250) 539-2796

Builders:

ITG Enterprises - Ian Gaines (250) 539-5463                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lyall Creek Construction- Peter Clark (250) 539-5178 
Propane: (250) 539-2975                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Chimney Services: Dean Brandhagen (250) 360-3230                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cistern Water Collection Systems: Bob Burgess (250) 246-2155                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well Drilling: D.A. Smithson (250) 478-6937

Plumber:  Janzen Plumbing (250) 539-5150                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Electrian: Bill House (250)539-5200

What areas of the Island are covered by Internet?

Saturna Broadband Co-Operative is the major service provider for the island. It is covered on most parts of the island except along Cliffside and some of the properties on top of the ridge. Those properties have service with  “orcas on-line” from across the border. Also, some residents access internet via satellite.

Who does Site Surveys?

Richard Wey and Co: (250) 656-5155

Any other questions?

Please do not hesitate to ask.


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