The waterfront will be protected!

Written by  Friday, 26 October 2012 12:35

You wrote. You showed up. You spoke up. They listened! Last night, Tuesday October 16th, at the regular meeting of Gibsons Town Council, Mayor Rowe and all four councillors unanimously agreed to move Option B, an amendment to the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan which will disallow waterfront development (delete cluster housing on the waterfront from the plan and maintain the designation of "green space").

Council also voted to include a requirement to re-examine the plan in five years with a focus on density, aquifer impacts, traffic issues, and the cost of maintaining infrastructure. There will be another public hearing and an amended plan.

The waterfront will be protected. This wouldn't have happened without you. Truly. We thank you, but especially Gospel Rock thanks you!

Please stay tuned. In the days to come FOGRS will be reaching out to the community for help organizing and raising money to protect parts of this area for the community in perpetuity.


MOVED by Councillor Tretick
SECONDED by Councillor Bouman

THAT staff revise the Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 985, 2005, Amendment Bylaw 985-8, 2012 as follows:

 1. to remove the ‘Cluster’ designation from the waterfront lands and replace this with a ‘Green Space’ designation;

 2. by deleting any references to development on the waterfront; include in the plan document, a statement providing direction to staff and future Councils stating that density will be reviewed in five years with consideration given to the aquifer capacity, road access, and the financial plan that will address the Town’s ability to meet future infrastructure maintenance costs;

AND FURTHER THAT staff report back to Council for recommendations for proceeding with the requested changes.



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