George is good for Gibsons.
• The George re-zoning application fits with the OCP Harbour Area Plan goals with regards to land use and density. (Town planner report January 14, 2014) (http://bit.ly/Kgqutz)
• The Development Permit ‘form and character’ fits most design guidelines for Gibsons Landing in the Harbour Area Plan. (Town planner report January 14, 2014)
• Over 130 full time and part time direct jobs in hotel administration, accounting, management, hospitality, health and wellness, food service, maintenance and security will be created with an estimated annualized average income of $40,000.
• High School and college apprenticeships and training programs will create training and career opportunities in tourism and hospitality.
• Over 250 man-years of direct and spin-off construction employment will be created generating 27 million dollars in wages.
• The 118 room waterfront hotel, amenities, conference and meeting facilities will attract mid-size associations and 200 plus person conference groups generating four-season visitors to Gibsons.
• Tourism numbers estimated to increase by 32,000 visitors annually to area.
• Convention and tourism related spending projected at over $7.9 million dollars per annum.
• Spin-off financial benefits to existing restaurants, motels, B&Bs, shops, services, tourism-related and local food production companies to meet increased demand.
• Upgrade of the waterfront amenities, new and larger day moorage spaces, and a renewed fuel dock facility part of the plan.
• One million dollars in total property taxes estimated at build out. Additional development cost charges (DCC’s) will provide additional revenue to the Town of Gibsons.
• The bottom of Winn Road (now a lane) will become a vibrant public access waterfront plaza.
• The new Seawalk connecting the marina to the park will enhance the waterfront and belong to the Town. Waterfront remediation will improve the aquatic environment in front of the property.
• A peer review study will be conducted to ensure the aquifer will not be endangered by excavation. A special foundation will be designed to adapt.
• View studies completed to date show that the majority of residential viewpoints on streets above the project will look out and over the property to the ocean.
• Shade and shadow studies show minimal shading of the adjacent park from spring through to late fall when most activities are held in the park.
• The George will promote car free tourism. Most visitors will arrive at the hotel by charter boat or bus. A regular shuttle vehicle will enable visitors to visit upper and lower Gibsons.
Before you listen to the “hearsay” find out the facts for yourself.
More information is available on the Town of Gibsons web site at: www.gibsons.ca
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