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Mayor sees red in restaurant plan

Mayor sees red in restaurant plan

The owner of Wendy’s and Tim Hortons in Gibsons wants to update the building, but members of the planning and development committee sent the application back, asking that changes be closer to “west coast small town character”. Town of Gibsons photo

While Wendy’s and Tim Hortons locations are known for fast food, members of the Gibsons planning and development committee opted to take additional time to review plans to update the restaurants’ building. On March 3, the committee referred a development permit application for that site back to staff for modifications.  They requested staff work with the applicant to improve the fit of the proposed changes with the “west coast small town character” appearance supported in the Town’s Official Community Plan (OCP).   

The application that came before the committee proposed adding more of both franchises’ signature shades of red to the building.  In review of the drawings presented, Mayor Bill Beamish (a committee member) said: “I see red, and too much red.”  The building currently has a colour palette of light brown and seafoam green.  The applicant wants to refinish the structure in red and gray tones, including the addition of red vinyl covering on the top tier of windows facing Highway 101.  The staff review of the application noted that there had been little effort to incorporate natural and local materials such as wood and stone into the update.  Inclusion of these types of materials is encouraged in the town’s development permit guidelines.   

A concern raised by both staff and the committee members was the need to address the safety of pedestrians accessing the site, as part of any update.  Staff were asked to have discussions with the proponent on options to improve access from Payne Road, Hwy 101 and from the parking lot located to the west of the site.  

The application also requests permission to modify site signage with updated corporate logos.  Councillor Annemarie De Andrade pointed out that the number of signs at the site is double what is allowed under the town’s bylaw and that the primary restaurant identification signs are larger than the maximum sizes permitted.  Staff clarified that the signs have been in place since the building’s construction in 1996.  As the Gibsons sign bylaw was adopted after that date, the signs currently at the location be could updated and permitted to remain as non-conforming uses.

Connie Jordison

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