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Guesthouse eyed for homeless shelter

BC Housing is one step closer to opening a temporary homeless shelter to replace the one at St. Hilda’s Church after the Sechelt Advisory Planning Commission (APC) gave thumbs up to a rezoning proposal for the Upper Deck Guesthouse at its Nov. 9 meeting. BC Housing is proposing to lease the property, which is currently ... Read More »

Persephone wins beer-farm battle

Local craft beer enthusiasts are breathing sighs of relief following the news that the provincial government will change the rules for breweries and distilleries that operate on Agricultural Land Reserve lands so that they do not have to grow at least 50 per cent of their major ingredient on site. This will put breweries on ... Read More »

Gibsons planner moving on

Andre Boel, the Town of Gibsons director of planning, has announced his resignation after accepting a new position as general manager of development services at the City of Port Moody. The move will bring Andre closer to his spouse, who lives in the Vancouver area. “On behalf of Council, I want to thank Andre for ... Read More »

Gospel Rock public meeting slated for Nov. 22

A public information meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 22, 4:30-8pm, at the Gibsons Legion to provide information on the proposed Gospel Rock Village development in Gibsons. The area encompassed by the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan is currently undeveloped. When fully built out, it is slated to add 1,100 housing units to the town. Greenlane ... Read More »

Milne elected chair of SCRD Board

Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne has been elected Chair of the Sunshine Coast Regional District Board of Directors. Pender Harbour-Egmont (Area A) Director Frank Mauro, who served as vice chair since 2014, was widely expected to win the position in the vote at the November 9th board meeting, but lost via a secret ballot to Milne. ... Read More »

Ferry terminal parking prices going up

Priority loading for medical patients and parking at Langdale were two of the hot topics at the Nov. 3 Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting. About 20 members of the public listened in while the committee and representatives of BC Ferries—including President and CEO Mark Collins—covered off a wide range of issues close to the heart ... Read More »

Sechelt rebuffs density proposals

Mayor Bruce Milne has “lots to say” about the SCRD’s approach to affordable housing, which he characterized as “a rather naive view of how development works.” At the Nov. 1 regular meeting of Sechelt council, politicians discussed bylaw amendments for affordable housing referred to Sechelt by the SCRD. In response, Sechelt council passed a lengthy ... Read More »

Hey c’mon, it’s just early November!

The Sunshine Coast got its first blast of sea level snow last week.  This is what greeted ferry passengers leaving Langdale ferry terminal on the morning of Nov. 3. Donna McMahon photo Read More »

Gibsons objects to drilling

The Town of Gibsons is unhappy about the SCRD’s plans to drill test wells on Mahan Road that would tap into the Gibsons aquifer. A staff report attached to the Nov. 7 Gibsons council agenda suggests that Gibsons will oppose any investigative drilling into the Gibsons aquifer until the Town and the SCRD establish a ... Read More »

New tax filling tourism association coffers

Accommodation operators and other tourism industry participants gathered at the Gibsons Public Market on Nov. 1 for the annual general meeting of Sunshine Coast Tourism (SCT), chaired by SCT President Martin Prestage of Up the Creek Backpacker Lodge in Roberts Creek. SCT’s fiscal year that ended on April 31 was the first year the organization ... Read More »

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