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Bayly resigns from housing board

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By Alison Taylor

After more than a decade shaping Whistler’s employee housing program, Steve Bayly has resigned from the board of the Whistler Housing Authority.

The local developer announced his resignation unexpectedly at the end of Monday’s WHA board meeting.

Bayly said his commitments to both the WHA board and the board of the Whistler 2020 Development Corporation, which is overseeing the development of the athletes’ village for the 2010 Games, was simply taking up too much time.

“It was getting to be too much,” he said.

And the challenges and nuances of building the athletes’ village, he added, is more up his alley.

Bayly was a founding director of the WHA. He was on the board for 11 years. In that time the board directed the development of more than 1,000 housing units.

In November 2004 Bayly was hired by the municipality as the housing expeditor, charged with finding more employee housing opportunities as the waitlist for housing topped more than 500 applicants. Shortly after, he had brokered a deal with the owners of the Rainbow lands for a large-scale employee housing project north of the village. That project does not yet have final approval from council but it is expected to come in the spring if all the requirements are met.

The WHA board is made up of members of council including Mayor Ken Melamed, Councillors Gord McKeever and Tim Wake and local community members, including Whistler-Blackcomb’s Kirby Brown, and new members Jon Decaigny and Grant Cousar.

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