There are four governing bodies on the Sunshine Coast: Town of Gibsons, District of Sechelt, Sechelt Indian Band (SIB) and the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD). All communities outside of Gibsons, and Sechelt are located within one of five designated areas and every three years residents within those areas elect a Director to represent them on the SCRD Board. Sechelt and Gibsons Councils appoint one of their members to the Board as does the SIB.
It is the eight member SCRD Board that rules on any development issues outside of Sechelt, Gibsons, and SIB reserve land. In the past, the Mayors of Gibsons and Sechelt and the SIB Chief represented their communities on the Board. I am not sure when that changed, but I have a feeling it had to do more with workload then politics. With all the development issues on the coast over the last ten years, the SCRD was kept very busy.
The map below shows how the Sunshine Coast is divided up. Below it, I have included a table showing the population growth in all areas, as well as Gibsons and Sechelt. The SIB stands at 797 according to the 2011 Census and that figure is included in the 2011 total Sunshine Coast population (28,619).
Let's take a quick drive up the coast starting in the south. When you get off the ferry, you are in:
Area F: West Howe Sound (380 sq km/147 sq mi)
- includes Port Mellon, Langdale, Hopkins Landing, and Granthams Landing.
Pass into Area E: Elphinstone (21 sq km/8.11 sq mi)
- surrounds the north, west and south of Gibsons and historically the agricultural area of the coast.
Enter into the District of Sechelt (39 sq km/15.1 sq mi)
- starts with Wilson Creek, through Davis Bay, Selma Park and the SIB
land (dark green) and extends up and cradles Porpoise Bay on the Sechelt Inlet
extending past Sandy Hook to Tuwanek.
- begins north of Tuwanek and includes Salmon and Narrows Inlets up to
the Skookumchuck Rapids; south, from Sargeant Bay through Redroofs,
Welcome Woods, Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove and Wood Bay - a really boring
drive on the highway, trust me.
- from the "Venice of the North" Pender Harbour (Madeira Park, Beaver
Island, Garden Bay, Irvines Landing) in the south; north through
Kleindale (Misery Mile), Sakinaw Lake, Ruby Lake to Earls Cove and the
next ferry; east to Egmont and the Skookumchuck Narrows then zig
northeast up to and beyond Princess Louisa Inlet via the 40 mile long
Jervis Inlet (don't forget where you parked in Egmont).