Of course a hotel/condo development as massive as The George is going to cause uproar within the community.
Itís bigger than anything on the Coast, double the density and triple the height of St. Maryís Hospital, plunked right on Gibsons waterfront, overshadowing our beloved public park and blocking views.
At this height it will ruin the ambiance in the park and village and set precedence for a wall-off along the waterfront. Most waterfront communities are faced with developers who want to develop the waterfront ó that is why we have an official community plan so that we as a community decide what development will look like and not leave it to developers.
If the developer wants to triple the density his current site can accommodate, then I suggest he buys the adjoining properties. He can then build a low-lying condo and hotel development without affecting public land or views.
He can act honourably and present something the community can actually work with for a win-win.
I would support a low-lying hotel on the water or a high rise uptown where views are not affected, but I cannot support The George as currently presented.
There are many solutions that could work for everyone, but changing the OCP to allow a developer to build high-rises on the waterfront is not a reasonable one.†
Deborah Geoffrion, Gibsons