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Let's put the boundary expansion on the back burner until there
is a demonstrated need for Pemberton to more than triple in geographic size.
Until then, it's cost-effective for village taxpayers to live in the most
compact town in the Sea to Sky corridor.
Growing to 11,700 is a choice for the current 2,200 residents
of Pemberton, and maybe that's a question we should have a chance to answer,
before the boundaries are rewritten.
I ask, what exactly is the hurry here? Maybe someone's
bank account is getting a little low?
We can have our cake, our festival, and eat too
This letter was addressed to Colin Fry of the Agricultural
Land Commission. A copy was forwarded to Pique for publication.
I was one of the individuals who met with the delegation from
the A.L.C. when they visited the Pemberton Festival grounds earlier this year.
I would like to begin by saying that I admire the work the A.L.C carry out and
that I firmly believe that Agricultural Land, all 5 per cent of it in British
Columbia, needs to be protected.
The reason for this letter is that I believe yourselves, Live
Nation and the Pemberton area are on the same page.
My concern for the Pemberton Festival Land was so great that I
took a self-funded trip to Glastonbury, England earlier this year, following
their Music Festival. I met with their operations director, Dick Vernon, their
Chamber of Commerce and community members at large. I was impressed to see that
their festival grounds had so quickly been fully returned to a working dairy
farm after 177,000 people had attended their festival.
This festival has been taking place since the 1970s. I was so
amazed by what I saw, that I obtained a copy of their environmental statement,
which I passed on to Live Nation. (You are more than welcome to see this
report, please advise me if you wish to do so.)