Town of Gibsons Gave Away Funds Without Public Consultation Process

Mayor Rowe irritated by questions about parks acquisition 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. 

PUBLIC DIALOGUE SESSSION RE: GIBSONS PUBLIC MARKET

Have questions about the Gibsons Public Market project?

 

Wonder about their expansion plans?

 

Have concerns you’d like them to hear?

 

Then we want to hear from you!


When:  Thursday January 21st at 7:30 pm

Where: Gibsons United Church Sanctuary, 724 Trueman Rd, Gibsons Landing

The Gibsons Public Market (GPM) is undertaking a major funding campaign for their proposed renovation and expansion project. GPM has approached Gibsons Alliance of Business and Community (GABC), asking to present their plans. The GABC Board would like to hear about the Market’s development plans and many of our members have raised questions/concerns about the GPM. Concerns range from general inquiries about the project, plans for building expansion, GPM’s relationship with the Town, (eg. the shuffling of $275,000 in Parks Acquisition funds to the Market, and the waiving of $110,000 in development cost charge requirements), and the economic viability of the operation.

So GABC and GPM have agreed to co-host an open Public Dialogue session.

George Public Hearing Process Flawed

Numbers don't add up with written submissions for the George public hearing.

An investigation has revealed serious problems and irregularities with the written submissions for the George Hotel Public Hearing process. The problems have affected submissions both in support of the George and opposed to it. 

Attempts to clarify matters with the Town have failed. 

Submissions were missing, numbers don’t add up, and the official record has changed. The litany of problems included ill-defined deadlines, no clear rules, and arbitrary decisions. The monitoring of different email addresses was inconsistent, and there were scanning problems. Based on these written submissions from citizens, Council approved the George Hotel and Residences OCP Amendment Bylaw and the George Hotel and Residences Zoning Amendment Bylaw at the Council meeting of October 6, 2015. At the Public Hearing on October 1, about 40 per cent of the oral submissions were in favour of the George. An unscientific poll in the Coast Reporter showed approximately the same results. Yet according to the Town, about 70 per cent of the written submissions for the Public Hearing were in support of the George.