The quaint seaside village of Gibsons, home of the long-running Beachcombers TV series, is being threatened by a mega-development project called the George Hotel that would destroy the character of the town, threaten our drinking water aquifer, spread toxic contaminants in our harbour, and end up a liability to citizens.
Ensure this doesn’t happen in your town. Please sign this petition and help us Save Gibsons Waterfront. ______________________________________________________
a small, scenic seaside village on the southwestern Pacific coast of British
Columbia, Canada. Intense development pressure has been building to develop waterfront lands here
for some time and has finally come to a head, pitting local citizens against a
The proposed hotel and condominium complex, right on the waterfront, is TOO BIG.
At 125 ft (38 metres)
tall, it would be over THREE TIMES the maximum allowed height of 35 ft. (10.6
metres), and it would be the largest building in the entire region of the
Sunshine Coast. If approved, it would create a precedent for future development
in Gibson’s Landing, with other developers able to apply for more over-height
buildings, essentially creating looming towers along the waterfront of our
The project is TOO
Excavating the parking
garage is likely to breach the Gibsons Aquifer, risking catastrophic blowout and
contamination (loss) of our drinking water—awarded best water in the world in
2005. In addition, dredging for the proposed marina beside existing fuelling
(part of a 60-year-old industrial marine ways) risks releasing toxic pollutants
into our harbour.
Breaks the rules.
The Harbour Area Plan
(HAP) planning process was undertaken to resolve community conflicts over ‘how
big’ and ‘how much’ development should occur over time in the Gibsons Harbour
Area, and protect Gibsons Landing from overdevelopment. Through this democratic
public planning process, the citizens of Gibsons collaboratively agreed on the
size, scale, character, and density of future development in the Harbour Area.
In 2012 the currently elected council unanimously adopted the HAP. The plan was
then incorporated into the Gibsons OCP Bylaw 985, and subsequent zoning bylaws
were written to implement the HAP.
Implications for all of
British Columbia and Canada.
We want jobs and
development, but the rules, which embody community values, must be respected.If
the Town of Gibsons can ignore their official Community Plan By-Law under
pressure from a developer, a dangerous legal precedent will be set throughout
British Columbia and the rest of Canada. If the rules are broken in Gibsons,
they can be broken everywhere!
We demand Gibsons
Honour the Town of Gibsons Official Community Plan (OCP) ByLaw 985-12/2012 and zoning bylaw 1065, including and especially by not permitting any building in the Harbour Area to be taller than the current 10m/35ft height limit.
Aquifer will not be placed at risk by development.
Harbour from the spread of toxic contamination.
Protect residents of
the Town from any and all tax burden as a result of the George hotel and
For sources and more
information, visit www.gibsonsalliance.ca