The Town of Gibsons wants to giveaway Winn Road in a two-part deal they are calling a “Land Exchange.”

The Town has drafted a Land Exchange Agreement outlining its intent to “exchange” ownership of publicly owned Winn Road for ownership of land between a hotel and condo building in the proposed George hotel and condo complex.

This land area is described in the Agreement as a “road dedication area,” or “public plaza.” This area was labelled a “Pedestrian Plaza” when the George project properties were spot-zoned in October 2015.

In reality, this land is an undevelopable “view corridor” that the Town of Gibsons requires of any development in the Gibsons Harbour Area. In other words, this is no land exchange, its a blatant giveaway of a public asset.

Town of Gibsons Gave Away Funds Without Public Consultation Process

Mayor Rowe irritated by questions about Parks Acquisition Reserve Fund.

Two residents of Gibsons challenged Mayor Wayne Rowe at Tuesday’s Council meeting about the decision to transfer $275,000 of the Parks Acquisition Reserve Fund to the Gibsons Public Market (GPM). Rowe was visibly annoyed. 

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development approved the transfer on December 17. Gibsons resident Inge Harrison asked the Ministry for an explanation. 

Iconic Beachcombers Setting Threatened

The small seaside town of Gibsons, BC, population 4500, where for twenty years the CBC filmed its popular “Beachcombers” TV series, is threatened with a massive waterfront development.

The picturesque harbour, familiar not only to generations of Canadians but also to audiences viewing the syndicated series around the world, is about to undergo a radical transformation. And not everyone likes the idea.

The George Hotel: Too Big, Too Risky, Breaks the Rules

 The George: Too Big, Too Risky, Breaks the Rules

Since 2006, Klaus Fuerniss Enterprises Inc. has repeatedly proposed a hotel on the waterfront in Gibsons Landing. The Town of Gibsons consistently rejected these proposals because they were too big, broke the zoning rules, and contravened our Official Community Plan (OCP). Now, this developer is back with the biggest proposal yet: The George Hotel and Residences.

VIDEO: How Tall is the George?

With so much inconsistent information and imagery out in the public domain and supporters of the project claiming “misinformation” is being circulated, in this video citizens of Gibsons set out to show just how high the George hotel REALLY is.