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Eckhard Zeidler

Seeking the green chair on council


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3.3. Existing council has left our future with a doozy of a legacy – a blank check signed by Whistler taxpayers for the village arena financial shortfall. Potential debt to the community will be in the thousands for every man woman and child in this valley, and we don't know how much not even including ongoing operations and maintenance costs. What about these legacies? Can they ever make any money? Will they be a burden? The physical legacies will be built and various costs will be shoved around but I intend to defend the taxpayer. We should not wake up in 2011 wondering why we ended up with huge debts and costs. Let's have a great Olympics, without a financial hangover by monitoring and keeping the public informed about actual and forecasted capital, operational and maintenance costs. That has to start immediately.

3.4. The Whistler Protected Areas Network and community forest application have to be finalized. The Rainbow recreation area has to be negotiated with the province quickly. Conservation initiatives in the Callaghan and Soo valleys need to be resolved. Put all these initiatives together and it says to the SLRD, the province and the developers that we had a vision for our natural surroundings and we made that vision real. A solid plan is our best argument against massive development directly in our backyard. Council needs to understand theses dynamics and commit to resolving them.

4. How will Whistler 2020 help us?

The document encompasses who we are and how we see ourselves in the future. The directions in the document are rock solid. Planning is behind us for the time being, now it is time to execute that plan. The blended future population projects just under 15,000 people living here by 2020, I'm not convinced we have to grow another 50 per cent bigger in order to be sustainable, I think that is still open for discussion.

5. Name three things you expect to accomplish in this council’s term.

1.To have worked respectfully and productively on a council that did not burden taxpayers with new debt or liabilities.

2.That the RMOW and community understands that we cannot grow our way out of already having built too much.

3. Finalize urgent land use planning issues in and immediately surrounding Whistler and keep fringe development in check.