The George

George Hotel and Residences Development Application

The George Hotel project received approval of the requested Official Community Plan amendment and Zoning Bylaw amendment on October 6, 2015.

The project has now moved to the detailed design stage, in preparation for construction which is tentatively planned for spring or summer 2017. Before construction of the George may begin there are several requirements and regulatory reviews to be completed. This web page will continue to provide regular updates on the status of this significant project.

Project Update - April 2017
The Town of Gibsons and Klaus Fuerniss Enterprises have agreed on the terms of a Land Exchange Agreement. The agreement spells out the steps and conditions for the exchange of a portion of Winn Road, of approximately 10,000 square meters, for a new Town-owned public plaza of equal size.

The Land Exchange Agreement contains a number of covenants and statutory right of ways to ensure that the public has unrestricted access over the new waterfront walkway and it gives the Town rights for access to its infrastructure assets. The developer is also required to construct and regularly maintain and repair the public plaza. 

Development Review Process - Snap Shot
(This summary will be updated regularly. Last updated April 28, 2017)

Development Review

Current Status in Town Review

Development Permit for Form and Character (DPA5)
  • The Development Permit for form and character was approved by Council on May 17, 2016

Demolition and Moving Permits

  • The installation of a temporary mobile fuel tank has been completed
  • The applicant has removed 3 of the existing buildings off-site and more may follow over the winter

Winegarden Park planning process

Winn Road and water lease changes

  • A Land Exchange Agreementhas been completed
  • A road closure bylaw for the exchange of Winn Road is under preparation and will be presented to Council in the future

Environmentally Sensitive Areas Development Permit Area (DPA2)

  • Applicant is in the process of contaminated sites assessment and remediation planning with the Ministry of Environment

  • Applicant has hired qualified environmental professionals to develop plans for foreshore habitat and marine dredging

Geotechnical hazards and Aquifer protection Development Areas #1 and 9

  • Geotechnical and hydrogeological investigations are underway and are being peer reviewed

Project description, drawings:
The project includes the following:

  • 40 residential units
  • 116 hotel rooms
  • Conference centre, including spa, pools, lounge / café (level 1)
  • Waterfront restaurant on a proposed pier in the Gibsons Harbour
  • underground parking stalls
  • New waterfront public walkway, along the shoreline as well as public access to part of the proposed pier
  • Inclusion of a portion of Winn Road as part of the development site and providing a public plaza that will retain public access to the waterfront

The following links provide a copy of the current designs and project overview.

The Town and the applicant have entered into a Development Agreement, that outlines conditions and commitments that have been agreed to for the process of detailed design and for construction.

For detailed information about this proposed development, please review the documents in the Reports and Related Documents section below.

Reports and Related Documents
Timeline review process Links to Reports and Documents from the Review Process
April 18, 2017
July 19, 2016
May 17, 2016
Oct. 14, 2015
Oct. 6, 2015
Oct. 1, 2015
Sept. 24, 2015
Sept. 15, 2015
July 28, 2015
July 21, 2015
June 16, 2015

May 12, 2015

September 30, 2014
July 15, 2014
June 3, 2014
March 25,   2014 Appendix A to staff report - Design Package for Rezoning, Marked up with Changes in response to Advisory Planning Commission Recommendations, dated 2013-12-20
  • Part 1 General
  • Part 2 Floor Plans etc.
  • Part 3 Elevations etc.
  • Part 4 Views and Shadowing
  • Appendix B to staff report - Landscape Design and Drawings, PMB Landscape Architects, dated 2013-09-24 and 2013-10-09
January 14,   2014
November 15, 2013
  • Minutes Advisory Planning Commission meeting with recommendations
November 12, 2013
July 23, 2013
Note: The applicant submitted initial zoning amendment and development permit application materials in February 2013. The development application was substantially changed and submitted in October, 2013. Only materials related to the current/ revised development application are posted.
Supporting Reports:  An environmental assessment has been completed by Balance Environmental Services Inc. This document is quite large and is provided in sections for ease of viewing:  Contact Information 
Town of   Gibsons
Director   of Planning
Andre Boel
tel: 604-886-2274 
Town website:
Applicant Klaus Fuerniss Enterprises Inc. 
c/o Art Phillips, Planning Consultant

Project website: