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Campsite on Whistler’s boundaries moves ahead to public hearing

Despite opposition from Whistler, the regional district is in the process...

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Despite opposition from Whistler, the regional district is in the process of approving a bylaw that will allow a campground on the municipality’s southern boundaries.

A private developer has put in an application to Lands and Water B.C. for a campground tenure on Crown land northwest of Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, located on the west side of Highway 99.

Under the bylaw the campsite has room for a maximum 50 tent spaces, along with 100 recreational vehicle spaces.

The RMOW does not support the application.

"It appears that the campground is here to capitalize on the success of Whistler," said Councillor Nick Davies, who served as Whistler’s Squamish-Lillooet Regional District director at Monday’s regional board meeting.

Davies explained Whistler’s opposition to the project.

He said Whistler already has the Riverside Campground and at present it’s failing to meet its economic expectations.

Riverside has a second phase expansion of the campground planned he said but because of the economic downturn they have yet to proceed with that development.

Once the Riverside is operating at capacity that would then indicate the need for more campgrounds in the area said Davies.

Other board members disagreed.

Squamish Director Corinne Lonsdale, who was sitting in for Mayor Ian Sutherland, said while she wasn’t familiar with the Riverside’s economic status, she was aware of the huge shortage of camping facilities for families in the Sea to Sky area.

Alice Lake campground is full all the time, she added.

"Everybody isn’t looking for a deluxe campsite (like the Riverside)," said Lonsdale.

Board Chair Susan Gimse pointed out that a campground facility is a permitted use on this piece of Crown land, according to its current zoning.

In addition, the regional district has asked for a report, prepared by a professional engineer, confirming the campground will not have any negative impacts on the water quality in the Brew Creek Community Watershed, prior to any development.

The board voted to move the project ahead to the next phase.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed campground on Wednesday, May 19 at the Sea to Sky Hotel in Squamish. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Ashlu/Sigurd Creek IPPs to go to public hearing in May

Two independent power projects in Squamish have approval to go to the next stage in their development after Monday’s SLRD board meeting.

The board voted unanimously to allow the Ashlu and Sigurd Creek IPPs to go to a public hearing in mid-May.

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