The owner of Whistler's asphalt plant is finally telling his side of the story.
Frank Silveri, owner of Whistler Aggregates, who has steadfastly maintained a silence throughout his battle with the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), is now fighting back through the courts. And the long and short of it is: he says he's allowed to operate his plant on the fringe of the new Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood.
In a response to the RMOW's petition, filed on Tuesday, July 12 in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Silveri's lawyer Charles Willms said in court documents:
"For nearly 15 years Whistler Aggregates has manufactured and processed gravel and aggregate into asphalt on the Property with the express approval of the RMOW."
The documents continue: "The RMOW has repeatedly and publicly encouraged, patronized, and endorsed Whistler Aggregates and the operation of the asphalt plant on the Property, with the intention that its words and conduct would be acted upon by Whistler Aggregates."
At the heart of the issue is the question of zoning.
The RMOW, with the backing of the majority of council, claimed the zoning does not allow for asphalt production
When reached on Tuesday, the day the response was filed in court, the municipality's communications team said it had not been informed of the response and did not have a copy.
Read tomorrow's Pique for the complete story.