Denied: Metal Recycling Re-Zoning Application

UPDATE: March 22nd - Note from Peter Grove

The Islands Trust has voted down Salt Spring Metal Recycling's application for re-zoning to operate their Rainbow Road recycling centre. They will not proceed any further with the rezoning application.

UPDATE: Peter Grove Responds to Trust Decision

March 22 2013

Good morning.

I am writing to let you know that your Local Trust Committee voted yesterday to reject John Quesnel’s application to re-zone his metal recycling business on Rainbow road. This was a very difficult decision which should have been dealt with years ago, and which George and I inherited.

It was difficult because John provides a valuable service to the community, a service which is greatly appreciated. We are going through tough economic times so it makes it particularly hard to discourage such a home grown business.

However it is your LTC’s responsibility to uphold our island’s land use by-laws and Official Community Plan unless there is good reason to change them. Those who bought property in the neighbourhood had reason to believe that the zoning would be respected.

I am hopeful that John will be able to find an alternative location on the island so that he will be able to continue to provide us with his excellent service.

For an audio recording of the procedures please visit the Trust’s webpage at

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Peter Grove
Cel: 604-341-6710
Tel: 250-537-1117

March 21, 2013 3:02 PM

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