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As the formulation of the specific items to be addressed in the bid progresses, much more information will be available and many other questions will surely surface. Let the dialogue begin.
Sincerely and commitedly yours,
Per Garry Watson
(with apologies to the real Plato)
There is no reason not to think Vancouver will look like todays Hong Kong by then. We should be proactive and plan for that type of growth. Whistler is one of the 20 th Centurys best examples of a pre-planned town because of its fine balance between nature and development, which is sustainable through its tourism industry.
Whistler should continue to embrace change in order to assure the bigger picture of the Sea to Sky corridor develops sustainably. The realistic view would be to redevelop the Sea to Sky highway and rail line because the corridor is already disturbed. The areas of highway between Horseshoe Bay and Squamish should be engineered for six lanes where feasible, with commuter parking to its North and South. This would enable Squamish to develop its housing market for those who want to live in Squamish and work in Vancouver or Whistler.
The highway from Squamish to Whistler should be selectively developed to discourage too much automobile traffic. Commuter and skiing parking lots should be developed near the intersection of the Callaghan Valley and Highway 99. Further parking lots should be developed on the existing garbage dump area. Busing and other transportation initiatives should be further developed.
The carrying capacity of Whistler can be changed to accommodate development needs. By the time the Olympics come to town, Whistler will be shipping its non-renewable, non re-usable and non-recyclable materials out of the valley. Hopefully we will have a composting facility for our wet garbage. That being said, if the Olympic spurs development in the Callaghan Valley, there will have to be a new sewage treatment plant to service that area. This is based on an assumption that it makes most sense to build part of the Olympic village in the Callaghan to house construction workers building the Olympic venues and then the athletes and media for the Olympics and Whistler employees afterwards.
The actual development legacies remain to be discovered. It is obvious what Whistler will look like after the Olympics is of great concern to our citizens. I have my opinion based on the information presented to the general public. Whether or not we get the Olympics remains to be seen. I hope we do. Not because I think it is a great opportunity to afford to be proactive in planning future development, but because I believe in the Olympics.