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Draft master plan for Garibaldi at Squamish submitted


Proponents of the proposed Garibaldi at Squamish mountain resort submitted their draft master plan and draft environmental assessment report to Lands and Water B.C. last week, but it could be up to six months before the provincial agency accepts or rejects the proposal.

"It’s literally boxes of information," Val Lowther of Lands and Water B.C. said this week. "I haven’t even had a chance to read the executive summary yet."

Although the proposed ski area at Brohm Ridge, north of Squamish, has long been the dream of Wolfgang Richter, who won the right to explore development opportunities in 1996, it is a new company, Garibaldi at Squamish Inc., which submitted the documents to Lands and Water B.C.

Vancouver businessmen Luigi Aquilini and Bob Gaglardi took controlling interest in the project last fall, buying out Milborne Development Corp. of Toronto. Richter is no longer believed to be involved in the project.

Milborne was introduced as Richter’s financial backer in February of 2002. Milborne was to provide $5 million over two years to complete the much delayed environmental assessment report and draft master plan for the resort. Those reports had been stalled after earlier financial backers pulled out in 2000.

The original plans for the resort at buildout included 150 runs on more than 2,500 hectares. There would be about 1,000 metres of vertical drop serving up to 19,000 skiers a day.

The original village plans included 1,500 hotel rooms, nearly 2,000 multi-family units and 500 single family lots. All would be accessed by a road up Mount Garibaldi.

What the draft master plan submitted last week proposes is unclear.

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