749 School Road – Supportive Housing Project

Aerial view of the two lots that would comprise the project site.
Public Hearing

At the regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 1st, a Public Hearing was scheduled for Thursday, October 17th at 6pm. The Public Hearing will be held at the Gibsons Royal Canadian Legion, 747 Gibsons Way.

Interested parties may pre-register to speak at the Public Hearing by emailing your name and residential address to clerk@gibsons.ca. Alternately, stakeholders may submit written comments to planning@gibsons.ca.

It is not necessary to pre-register to speak. Everyone who wants to speak at the hearing will be given an opportunity, but those who have registered in advance will be allowed to speak prior to the floor being opened to all others in attendance.

No comments will be received (verbal or written) following the close of the Public Hearing on October 17, 2019.

Learn more about Public Hearings here.

What’s New
Quick Links

Read or download the Gibsons Supportive Housing Project Fact Sheet

Find the answers to some of your most Frequently Asked Questions here

Direct questions and comments by email to communityrelations@bchousing.org
or review the online discussion at https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/Gibsons.

Next Steps

To see a Flowchart of the Application Process click here. We are currently at “Public Hearing”.

The Public Hearing will be followed by a staff report about the Public Hearing, a third reading of the bylaw amendments and then adoption, should Council ultimately decide to proceed with the project.

Diagram below: BC Housing Spectrum 

Project History
  • In spring 2018, Council applied under the Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative for the acquisition and use of this property, in order to pursue a vision for transitional/supportive housing at the site. For more information about the application, please read this Memo to Council re SFRPHI dated March 14, 2018.
  • In March 2019, an announcement re) the approval of the land transfer was made by the federal government. Read the Land Transfer Contribution Agreement here.
  • In April 2019, four community dialogues were held to share information about the proposed project and to collect community feedback. Residents were also invited to provided comments by email or online at https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/Gibsons
  • In June 2019, a zoning/OCP amendment application was received by the Town of Gibsons from BC Housing. This application reflected feedback received from the community through the Dialogues, by email or online.
  • On July 16, 2019, the Town’s Planning & Development Committee recommended that Council proceed with the first reading of the zoning and OCP amendments which are required before the supportive housing may be developed. Subsequently, Council heard a first reading of the amendments and decided to proceed to the next step in the application process, which is collecting input from all stakeholders in the community.
  • In mid-July 2019, BC Housing conducted shallow digging and drilling at the School Road site, in order to determine various site conditions, such as soil-bearing capacity.  They did this under a permit (DP-2019-11) issued earlier this year as per Development Permit Area 9 requirements. This type of work is standard in advance of further development and building applications, as the information gathered is necessary to inform a complete development application. The work was done by the applicant and at the expense of the applicant, and has no impact on the rezoning and OCP amendment applications that are currently before Council. No other Development Permits have been issued to the applicant in relation to this site.
  • On July 31, 2019, two Public Information Meetings took place at the Gibson Public Market. These were drop-in, Open House style meetings to share information and collect comments about the project. Informational poster boards were placed around the room and representatives from BC Housing, RainCity Housing and the Town of Gibsons were available to answer questions and receive input. Feedback that was received on or before August 5, 2019 will be included in a summary report provided to the Town before the Council’s consideration of second readings of the bylaws to allow the development and the scheduling of a Public Hearing.
  • Following the Public Information Meetings a staff report was made to Council about the comments received from a cross-section of community stakeholders. These include: residents, the RCMP, School District 46, the Squamish Nation, Vancouver Coastal Health, Sunshine Coast Community Services, Gibsons and District Volunteer Fire Department, Sunshine Coast Regional District, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
  • Council proceeded with a second reading of the bylaw amendments and a Public Hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, October 8th 2019 at 6pm at High Beam Dreams.
  • Due to a scheduling conflict, the Public Hearing scheduled for October 8th was rescheduled to occur on Thursday, October 17th at 6pm at the Gibsons Legion, 747 Gibsons Way.
Land Transfer of Property

The Government of Canada has transferred the property at 739-749 School Road to the Town of Gibsons, with the condition that the land be used to develop 40 permanent homes with supports for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Under the proposed plan, the land would be owned by the Town of Gibsons and leased to BC Housing, who would provide the funding to build and operate the housing. The housing would be managed by RainCity Housing.

This plan recognizes the increasing need for affordable housing and the increase in number of people without homes or precariously housed in our community.

Read the Press Release about the announcement here: First step toward supportive housing announced in Gibsons

Learn more about the project: https://www.bchousing.org/gibsons

Learn more about supportive housing: https://www.bchousing.org/partner-services/public-engagement/supportive-housing-in-community

Community Dialogues – April 3rd and 4th, 2019

Four community dialogues were held April 3 and 4, 2019. The dialogues provided community members with an opportunity to learn more about the vision for supportive housing on School Road, including operations and preliminary design considerations. At the dialogues, there was a presentation, followed by a facilitated discussion with other participants, including representatives from BC Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Town of Gibsons and RainCity Housing. The dialogues were an opportunity to provide early stage input on the project, which was then incorporated into BC Housing’s subsequent application.

All feedback that was received from the public by April 10, 2019 was included in a preliminary summary report provided to the Town of Gibsons as part of the application for zoning bylaw and official community plan amendments.

Staff Reports

View 2019-07-16 – 1st Reading Presentation by Director of Planning
2019-07-16 Supportive Housing report to PDC for 1st Reading FINAL
10-17-2017: Old RCMP site
10-17-2017: Summary of Council Recommendations