Council changes meeting venue for George crowd

John Gleeson/Staff Writer / Staff writer
March 22, 2014 01:00 AM

Anticipating a larger turnout than usual for a report on the George Hotel and Residences application, council's committee of the whole will meet on Tuesday, March 25, at the Gibsons Public Market.

Mayor Wayne Rowe confirmed the change of venue at Tuesday's council meeting, saying the committee will receive a report from staff at the March 25 meeting based on the direction council gave in January.

Council has requested studies on the project's impact on the aquifer, views and municipal taxes, and directed planning staff to prepare a draft development permit for form and character.

The public market is the former yacht club building at 473 Gower Point Road, and the meeting, which starts at 6 p.m., will be held in the downstairs meeting room.

Also Tuesday, Rowe said council had held a workshop to review parts of its procedural bylaw, including its policy for delegations.

Responding to an inquiry from resident Katie Janyk, Rowe said any member of the public who wants to appear as a delegation "should talk to our corporate officer and they'll be dealt with."

Coun. Dan Bouman, who had requested the review in light of three recent cases where staff refused delegation requests, thanked his fellow council members "for having a good workshop this afternoon."

Second can will cost $3

Putting out a second trash can or garbage bag will soon cost Gibsons residents $3.

Staff had recommended staying with the current $2.50 fee, noting that's the rate charged by the Sunshine Coast Regional District, while District of Sechelt is still charging $2.

Coun. Lee Ann Johnson, however, argued that keeping the lower rate for "administrative ease" was not a good enough reason, and that it would do nothing to help the Town reach its zero waste target.

"If we keep it as it is, we're doing nothing to get people to change their behaviour," Johnson said.

Her motion to raise the fee to $3 carried unanimously.

Bliss expansion

Council gave the green light for Blue Heron Village Phase 1 to expand 16.5 sq. metres (178 sq. feet) to accommodate more indoor seating for Bliss Café.

Located on the southwest corner of Gibsons Way and Mahan Road, the Blue Heron Village complex also includes the Bank of Montreal. Phase 2 is currently under construction.

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