Denman Community Land Trust Association
Denman Island B.C. Canada
 
 

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June 2019


Denman Community Land Trust Association (DCLTA) Update


A big THANK YOU to the islanders who, at the April 24th Local Trust Committee (LTC) meeting, set up a seniors’ homeless camp and provided Raging Granny-style songs to show support for seniors’ affordable housing and encourage the LTC to help meet this need. Also, THANK YOU to Trustee Critchley for proposing the Trust staff draft the amending bylaws and to Trustee Busheikin for voting to support this motion. Unfortunately, Trustee Critchley’s second motion – that staff have a first draft of the amending bylaws ready for consideration at the next LTC meeting (June 6th) – did not have a seconder, which means the motion was not even discussed. In terms of lengthy delays, we may be no further ahead. DCLTA made the initial application Sept. 6, 2017!


This was followed by a DCLTA presentation to the LTC meeting, again outlining the need for the rezoning bylaw to move forward and identifying suitable mechanisms to deal with the delay for this 2017 application.


DCLTA remains committed to the seniors’ affordable housing project slated for a property in the village area, an ideal location. As a newer board member, I am learning that it is a long road getting from the idea to the reality, with many steps and challenges along the way.


Many steps have moved the project forward in the last quarter:


  1. Water – On February 20th, Seniors’ Affordable Housing proposal (Project 2) received the necessary water licence from FLNRORD (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development) and on April 16th we met with VIHA/ Island Health’s Environmental Health Officer and the Regional Drinking Water Co-ordinator to discuss the proposed Seniors’Affordable Housing project’s water requirements.


  1. Funding – On March 7th, a DCLTA representative met with CMHC to introduce Project 2 and explore funding opportunities. The necessary amending bylaws would allow ownership of the land so DCLTA could to be eligible to apply to the National Housing Fund. We are also reviewing a BC Housing grant, though it may be out of reach because work must be completed within a 12 month window.


  1. Outreach – On March 7th, DCLTA made a presentation to the LTC meeting to outline the need for the rezoning bylaw to move forward and to summarize DCLTA’s plans to reduce water use below the optimum draw down set by the Water Licence – not because the site is without adequate water but simply because water conservation should be part of a project such as ours. On April 16th, DCLTA held its annual general meeting (AGM). Thank you to all who attended. Finally, on April 17th, DCLTA met with the new Regional Director Daniel Arbour to introduce the project and walk the proposal site.


  1. ALR Exclusion – On May 13th, the Agricultural Land Commission informed DCLTA that its proposal for the necessary vegetative buffer and fencing has been accepted. This step completes the conditions required for exclusion of the project’s two acres from the ALR.


Come and visit us at the DCLTA booth at the Farmers Market on the summer long weekends. We will be raffling a pottery delight, providing display information and happily answering questions.


submitted by Nancy Hoyano





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May 2, 2019


Denman Seniors’ Affordable Housing


by Anthony Gregson


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Affordable Housing & DCLTA


With its mandate to provide affordable housing for low income residents in need of secure housing, DCLTA is celebrating its 10th year as a charity. Our projects respond to the need for affordable housing, while taking into consideration the circumstances of those in need, the nature and location of available land, and Denman’s rural environment.


The Province’s purchase of the land that is now Denman Island Park and Protected Area eliminated the potential for establishing affordable housing on Crown land. On the plus side, this land is now designated as Conservation/Recreation in our OCP, which benefits the environment and all who enjoy the outdoors. As a consequence, however, DCLTA’s affordable housing projects depend on donations, fundraising, bequests, and legacies to facilitate the acquisition of land.


In the best of worlds, our next project could invite a partnership, with the land being held by DCLTA and the housing being held by a collective. This kind of partnership would allow DCLTA to maintain the affordability of the housing while the residents created and managed the housing (see our website denmanaffordablehousing.org for DCLTA’s definition of low income).


We anticipate that our second project, Seniors’ Affordable Housing, will achieve the rezoning necessary to purchase the land and begin construction of the 8 housing units (4 duplexes) before the close of 2019. The community has donated and pledged funds that cover 3/4 of the purchase price—and the amount is growing weekly. To review the activity log and other documents relating to this project, go to the DCLTA website, click on “Projects” in the top menu bar and, on the Projects page, select “click here” next to the Project 2 link.


Please help DCLTA achieve its mandate. Volunteer your expertise, labour, ideas and/or advice. Donate or add your pledge to the land purchase appeal (yes, the info is on the website under Project 2). Consider donating land or leaving a legacy to help with future projects. Contribute to DCLTA fundraising events and raffles. Your help will make a lasting difference.

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February 2019


An Invitation From Sandra Martindale.


Denman Community Land Trust Association (DCLTA) began ten years ago when there was much talk about the demand for affordable housing and in the intervening decade has continued to work toward meeting this need. The current project will address an acute need for affordable housing for seniors. The community has now helped raise nearly 75% toward the land purchase for the project in the village area.


To support DCLTA, Sandra has offered to donate $500 to the Seniors’ Affordable Housing Project. If another islander matches this amount, then she will double her donation! (She will never be told who matched the funds.)


She wants to encourage Denman Islanders to help DCLTA meet its current goal to raise $100,000 for the land purchase and she knows that just a few more donations like hers will make this possible. This past fall a similar challenge from a generous islander brought in donations and pledges totalling $2,000.


Make your cheque payable to “DCLTA”, include the word “invitation” in the memo line and mail it to DCLTA, 3900 Lacon Rd., Denman Island, BC V0R 1T0. A tax receipt will be issued.


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December 13, 2018


DCLTA Thanks the Community


Denman Community Land Trust Association (DCLTA) would like to thank its supporters. The Christmas Craft Fair donations from the raffle, cookies, memberships and donations broke all previous Christmas craft fair records. Kate Pierce won the raffle draw for the beautiful felted wall hanging made by Fern Niedermoser.


DCLTA began ten years ago when there was much talk about the demand for affordable housing and in the intervening decade has continued to work toward meeting this need. The current project will address an acute need for affordable housing for seniors. The community has now helped raise nearly 75% toward the land purchase for the project in the village area.


DCLTA seeks land donations and bequests in order to continue to meet the broad range of affordable housing needs which originally inspired its creation.


Thank you all.


An Invitation From Sandra Martindale.


To support DCLTA, Sandra has offered to donate $500 to the Seniors’ Affordable Housing Project. If another islander matches this amount, then she will double her donation. (She will never be told who matched the funds.)


She wants to encourage Denman Islanders to help DCLTA meet its current goal to raise $100,000 for the land purchase and she knows that just a few more donations like hers will make this possible.


Make your cheque payable to “DCLTA”, include the word “invitation” in the memo line and mail it to DCLTA, 3900 Lacon Rd., Denman Island, BC V0R 1T0. (Tax receipts will be issued in early 2019.)


submitted by Nancy Hoyano





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AN INVITATION


To support DCLTA (Denman Community Land Trust Association), I recently donated $1,000 to their Seniors’ Affordable Housing Project. If another islander matches this amount, I will then double my donation. (* I will never be told/nor ask who matched the funds.) This is a huge project and needs everyone's support.


Four years ago, DCLTA initiated a new project: To build 8 affordable seniors' homes on 2 acres of land in the downtown area. To date, almost 2/3's of the $100,000 purchase price for the land has been raised. Let's top up this fund and speed the project on its way. Make your cheque payable to “DCLTA”; include the word “Invitation” in the memo line; and mail it to DCLTA, 3900 Lacon Rd., Denman Island, BC V0R 1T0. (Tax receipts will be issued in early 2019.)


submitted by Leslie Dunsmore





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October 2018


DCLTA’s Phantom Ball


The 7th annual Phantom Ball was a stellar success. The venue was jam-packed with islanders, celebrities, jet setters and three tourists who missed the late ferry to Hornby.


Words fail to adequately convey the countless, spontaneous musical performances or the exquisite–if wildly varied–haute couture. Any scandalous behaviour will not be revealed until the November Flagstone to allow time for donations to expunge memory.


Thank you to Abraxas for making the tickets available and for thwarting an attempt by scalpers to scoop tickets for resale.


Special thanks to those who did not help with the many chores linked to an event of this magnitude. All proceeds go to DCLTA (affordable housing).


submitted by Harlene Holm





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August 16, 2018


DCLTA’s 7th Annual Phantom Ball


At what other festivity can you polish the tiara, brush the fedora and rub shoulders with celebrities without leaving the comfort of your favourite chair?


Starting at midnight on the September 22nd fall equinox, the 2018 Phantom Ball promises a spectacular gala that is out of this world. According to rumour, Kevin Mitchell will jam with Beyoncé, and Michael Rapati will be billeting Michael Kaeshammer. Can anyone confirm the B&B booked for Elon Musk? Yesterday, Trump tweeted “newlyweds Hairry[sic] and Meghan bot[sic] tickets.”


Buy your Phantom Ball tickets at Abraxas or at the DCLTA’s market day booth on September 1st. The Phantom Ball is an imaginary gala to fundraise for affordable housing.


Ticket Options:
one non-admission to the Phantom Ball $5.00

one non-admission to the Phantom Ball including dessert table (BYOD) $10.00

one non-admission to the Phantom Ball including potluck banquet $20.00


Check the Cloud for stunning post-gala photos. If your attire and behaviour at the non-event are outrageous, we invite hush donations.


submitted by Harlene Holm





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DCLTA’s 2018 Pledges for Land Purchase Appeal

Seniors’ Affordable Housing


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March 22, 2018


2018 Annual Table Tennis Tournament




Lovers of fast table tennis action and gourmet food converged on the Activity Centre on Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11 to watch the Annual Tournament and sample some of the items on the menu of the buffet lunch each day.


The buffet was catered by Denman Community Land Trust Association, and we would like to give a hearty vote of thanks to all the cooks and helpers who united in making the event a big success.  Soups, home made bread, salads, lasagnas, meat balls, quiches and various vegetarian casseroles and vegetable dishes, and a separate table loaded with luscious desserts and cakes were offered.  Thank you Louise Bell, Wendy Boothroyd, Mikell Callahan, Elizabeth Chapman, Cindy Critchley, Anne de Cosson, Concha Dennis, Marion Dillon, Phyllis Fabbi, Jackie Hipwell, Barbara Kane (one of her famous cakes), Leyah Kelly, Sandy Kennedy, Jane Lighthall, Denise MacKean, Heather McLean, Gloria Michin, Christine Oliver, Kathy Rieder, Ram Sudama, Doreen Tetz, Patti Willis, Helen Wilson, and Susan Marie Yoshihara for the dishes they donated, and a special thanks to Louise Bell and Gloria Michin, who sat at the cash desk each day as well as (respectively) bringing a huge Greek salad and a platter full of devilled eggs.   Thank you Sue Crowther and Jennifer Ellenton who manned the scary three-minute dishwasher and also brought desserts, and Leandra Jacobs who came and helped with the final cleanup.  Thank you to anyone we forgot to include, and finally an enormous thank you to Peter Marshall and the Denman Island Table Tennis Club who generously donated the registration fees to Denman Community Land Trust Association to help advance our plans to build four duplexes for rental to seniors with limited incomes right in the centre of downtown Denman Island.


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March 1, 2018


The Annual Denman Island Table Tennis Tournament


Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, the Olympic Games are happening, it must be time for a little excitement on Denman Island!  We have five-a-side soccer in the summer, but right now the event you don’t want to miss is the Table Tennis Tournament scheduled for Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at the Activity Centre.  This could be the most important annual sporting event on this island.


They will play in six categories, novice open singles, women’s singles, recreational open singles, competitive open singles, recreational open doubles and competitive open doubles.  This provides opportunities for all levels, beginning with kids and novices and ending with the most exciting match, competitive open singles.  For further information please call Peter Marshall at 250-335-0489.  Gold, silver and bronze medals will be won, and the top prize will go to the winner of the competitive singles final match, which will take place around midday on Sunday.  The winner of the recreational category, whether child or adult, automatically advances to the competitive category in next year’s tournament.


Denman Community Land Trust Association (DCLTA, Affordable Housing) will again be providing a buffet lunch on both days, with coffee, tea and apple juice ready at 8.00 A.M. each day.  We plan to have ready at lunch time soups and salads, lasagna, quiches and other hot entrees, with meat and vegetarian alternatives, hot dogs for the kids and desserts, pies and cakes, all cooked at home by Denman Island’s famous cooks.  The money we raise at these lunches will be used in our continuing mission to provide affordable rental housing for long-term Denman seniors with limited means.


As we did last year, we will have a 50/50 draw.  We will sell tickets on both days but the draw will take place at the prize-giving ceremony on Sunday afternoon.  A special welcome to all new residents on Denman Island.  What better way to get to know your new neighbours and to enjoy a thrilling competition and a fun day!


submitted by Jane Guest





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All rural houses depicted on this site are located on Denman Island

Photos:   John Millen

Website:   Guy Marion

Last updated:   May 29, 2019

 

Denman Community Land Trust Association

registered non-profit society August 2008

registered charity June 2009

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