Salt Spring Island Noise Suppression Bylaw Supported

Sep 04, 2013

Salt Spring Island, BC - On September 3rd in the Supreme Court of BC supported the Capital Regional District Noise Suppression Bylaw (No. 3384) for Salt Spring Island following litigation by the Salt Spring Island Rod and Gun Club to challenge the bylaw.

Over the past two years the CRD has received numerous complaints from neighbours adjacent to the Rod and Gun Club property about the noise from the discharge of firearms. In response, the CRD Bylaw Enforcement issued a number of tickets to the Salt Spring Island Rod and Gun Club. The Salt Spring Island Rod and Gun Club challenged the bylaw in response to the tickets.

The Court confirmed that the bylaw could regulate noise disturbance where the standard is clearly defined by the bylaw and can restrict the discharging of firearms before 9AM or after sunset. The noise bylaw cannot have effect of prohibiting the lawful use of a properly zoned property like the Rod and Gun Club.

“I am happy that a decision has been made supporting the CRD bylaw which has been in effect and applicable to the discharge of firearms since 2006,” says Wayne McIntyre, CRD Electoral Area Director. “I am hopeful this decision will provide a basis for parties to find a collaborative and positive way forward.”

The CRD Electoral Area Services Committee has received the decision and directed staff to report to the CRD Board and bring forward recommendations regarding potential bylaw amendments in response to the decision. There will be an opportunity for input from members of the Rod and Gun Club and the broader community.

Salt Spring Island is an unincorporated Electoral Area under the jurisdiction of the CRD. The CRD provides many of the local government functions, including noise regulation and enforcement, for the electoral areas. For more information, please visit here.

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