Gospel Rock – Block 7

Project website: https://touchstonegibsons.com/

Current Project Status

October 15, 2019 – staff presented a report to Council reviewing the developer’s response to comments received at the Planning & Development committee on September 17, 2019 and recommending that the form and character development permits (DPs) required for the Gospel Rock Village, Apartments, Townhouses, Hotel and Parking Variances be authorized for issuance. Council subsequently authorized the issuance of those DPs.

Staff Report to Council – October 15, 2019 – Application for Form and Character Development Permits

October 1, 2019 – Council passed a resolution, based on the committee recommendation presented below.

September 17, 2019 – staff presented on the application for the Form and Character Development Permits (DPs) required for the Gospel Rock Village, Apartments, Townhouses, Hotel and Parking Variances. The committee recommended that Greenlane Homes be requested to retain natural vegetation (such as Arbutus and Douglas Fir trees) adjacent to park and public spaces through use of restrictive covenants where feasible and that the issue of the Form and Character DPs be subject to:

a. meeting parking requirements
b. changing the colour palette (less browns and greys)
c. identifying accessibility, energy efficiency, and green building designs
d. softening the vertical lines
e. lightening the experience to reflect Gibsons’ small-town character and
f. providing a lighting plan that minimizes light spill and sky glow to lessen the impact on wildlife and dark skies.

Read the details about the presentation and committee comments here:

Staff Report to Planning & Development Committee – September 17, 2019 – Application for Form and Character Development Permits

Minutes from Planning & Development Committee meeting – September 17, 2019

At present, the developer has applied for subdivision of the site and that application is under review.

For more information about the plans for this space, please refer to the “Concept Plan” section, below.

Project History – 2019

Q1 2019: Council finalized the rezoning of Block 7 in the Gospel Rock neighbourhood; staff are currently working with the developer on a subdivision servicing plan for the lot. The creation of a public park, a conservation area and a boardwalk along Gower Point Road are some of the features that will benefit the community at large.

March 29, 2019: the developer of Gospel Rock is nearing completion of initial tree clearing in preparation for planned roads and the first building site (brown areas bordered in black on the map below.) In conjunction with this work, a registered biologist was retained to conduct a nesting survey of the site. Additionally, no-disturbance buffer zones will be retained around all development permit areas to protect wildlife and retain as many mature trees as possible.

July 15, 2019: The Town received the subdivision applications in August 2018, and the Preliminary Layout Approval was issued on July 11, 2019.  All the terms of the PLA must be completed before approval of the subdivision. Currently, the developers are continuing to work on development permits, servicing, and site planning at this time.  They have also completed a few bird nest surveys and keep finding nests, so are not able to clear the fallen trees or disrupt the nests until the bird nest surveys come back clear.

Project History – 2017 to 2018

On October 2, 2018, Council adopted a bylaw to rezone approximately 47 acres of land from Single-Family Residential Zone 4 (R-4) to a selection of zones following the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan.

The zones include a mixture of commercial, multi-family and single-family zones, to create distinct areas within the neighbourhood, allowing for up to 360 residential units. 23 acres were rezoned to Park (PRO), with a “green lane” created to tie the neighbourhood and park together.

The rezoning process was as follows:


Process Date Accompanying documents
Zoning Amendment Application Submitted May 25, 2017 Application Summary
Application referred to external agencies June 8, 2017
Application to Committee-of-the-Whole for preliminary briefing July 18, 2017 Applicant Presentation to Committee
Staff Report
Attachment 1 – Rezoning Application
Attachment 2 – Feedback Summary
Attachment 3 – Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan
Committee of the Whole November 7, 2017 Staff Report on Block 7 Rezoning Application
Attachment 1 – Transportation Impact Study
Attachment 2 – Affordable Housing Policy
Attachment 3 – APC Minutes July 21
Attachment 4 – SCRD comments
Staff Report on Shaw/Inglis Road Extension
Attachment 1 – Road Network Plan Study
Public Information Meeting November 22, 2017 Town Poster Boards
Greenlane Homes Poster Boards
Committee of the Whole December 19, 2017 Staff Report on feedback from the Public Information Meeting
First Reading  February 20, 2018

April 3, 2018

2018-02-20 Committee-of-the-Whole Report



Second Reading  April 17, 2018 2018-04-17-Regular-Council-Meeting-Agenda 2nd Reading Report
Public Hearing Date  May 23, 2018
7pm at the
Gibsons Legion
 Public Hearing Notice
Third Reading June 5, 2018 Public Hearing Report for Gospel Rock Village Amendment Bylaw
Adoption of Zoning Bylaw October 2, 2018

Location of Block 7 with the context of the OCP’s long-term Land Use Plan



Concept Plan

Three key planning principles were used to develop the Concept Plan:

  1. Protection of Green Space – includes protecting the Gospel Rock at the waterfront and the upper bench destination viewpoints; Cross Rock and Little Africa;
  2. Park Connection – The Master Plan includes a “greenlane” to preserve and enhance the existing trail to Cross Rock. This will create a pedestrian connection between the village and lookout park at Cross Rock; and
  3. Activation of the Village – The Master Plan includes a mix of appropriate and neighbourhood-scaled commercial uses, as well as market rental housing to create a small but lively neighbourhood centre. The design character for the residential uses will emphasize ground-orientated housing types, with the majority taking the form of townhomes and single family residences.

Approximately 49% of the 47 acres is zoned as Parks, Recreation and Open Space. This includes the three view points (Cross Rock, Little Africa, and Gospel Rock), all of the waterfront area, most of the steep and environmentally sensitive forested slopes, and the “greenlane” to the neighbourhood centre. Some of the green space areas will be dedicated to the Town; other areas will be protected through restrictive covenants or through partnering with a conservation organization.



The property was rezoned to Comprehensive Development Area 4 – which will have 11 sub-areas. These can be seen in the map.

The sub-areas are based on Town-wide zoning with some specific regulations to the Gospel Rock site, please see the CDA-4 Bylaw for more details.

Chaster Road will be the primary road system for the Gospel Rock neighbourhood, up to a maximum of 250 dwellings as per the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan. Emergency access will be from Rosamond Road; there will be a gate at the end of Rosamond Road to prevent through traffic from Block 7. Trails will connect pedestrians (and possibly cyclists) to Gower Point Road and Lower Gibsons.