It's so easy to say no to something isn't it?
No pipelines, no smart meters, no development, no new taxes, etc. However, we still want parks, water and sewer systems, roads and sidewalks — many things that require money to obtain and maintain.
With respect to the proposed George Hotel, naysayers appear to be angry about a certain "not withstanding clause" contained in the Harbour Area Plan 2012. However, it is important to read any document, in its entirety.
One of five of the stated objectives of the Harbour Area Plan is: "Ensure the economic viability of the Harbour Area, recognizing the unique role the Harbour plays in the local economy and the economic history of the area.”
How will we pay for the things we want? Unfortunately, much of the community planning that the public is involved with ignores this fundamental factor of economics.
Yes we want a public market, yes we want a new art building, yes we want a Gospel Rock park, yes we want better public transit and more pedestrian friendly areas. The real question is how to provide these things, without making taxes so onerous that the tax burden would be unbearable to most?
The proposed George development should be seen as a catalyst to the economy as a whole. The potential jobs, whether they be construction jobs, management jobs, accounting jobs, or service jobs are potential jobs that will help keep young families on the Coast. This development will increase the marine tourist traffic, helping merchants remain viable. It will increase our tax base, allowing for more of the services that we need and want to maintain our current lifestyle.
Let's talk about the economics of maintaining the Gibsons that we love, not violently slamming important economic opportunities like the George.