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CSP online for comments

Time is ticking for community members to add input to the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan, which will map out Whistler’s future until 2020.

There are five future scenarios to choose from in the workbooks that became available this week, or people may take elements from each scenario and develop a separate future scenario. But there is less than three weeks to do it.

All input must be submitted to municipal hall by Monday, Nov. 24.

Mike Vance, general manager of community initiatives, gave council a brief update of the process at Monday’s council meeting.

He said the Web site is now up and running and people can log on to www.whistlerfuture.com to go through the workbook, backgrounder and fill out the questionnaire.

Comments can be submitted electronically via the Web site but Vance reminded Web users that their answers must be filled out in the questionnaire portion of the Web site, not on the workbook.

Vance also told council that they are trying to involve the students of Whistler Secondary School in the process too, but the details have yet to be worked out.

For those without access to the Web site paper copies are now available at the Whistler Public Library, the Meadow Park Sports Centre, all three schools and municipal hall.

Municipal staff will also be on hand to answer any questions at the CSP Open House on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Myrtle Philip Community Centre from 1 to 5 p.m. The open house will be a drop-in format where residents can get help with the process.

All public input will be considered during the next stage of the CSP, when the information is turned into the preferred Whistler future.

In car parking meters coming to Whistler

Whistler drivers will soon be able to buy individual parking meters to hang on their rearview mirrors.

The system is designed to take away all the stress of digging around for loose change or tempting fate by not putting any money into the meter at all.

It’s called the In Car Parking Meter system and after a successful pilot project this year, the municipality will launch the system on Dec. 1.

Bill Barratt, general manager of community services for the municipality, explained the ICPM system at Monday’s council meeting.

Drivers will pay $90 up front for the small meter that looks like a cross between a palm pilot and a basic calculator. Then they buy a "smart card" loaded with any amount of monetary value based on each individual’s need.

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