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Council must reduce the size of the Nita Lake Lodge.
Now that the B.C. Supreme Court has handed down its verdict, council cannot in all conscience, for a third time, attempt a redrafted bylaw for this development. Whistler is not a banana republic.
Can you imagine the outcries from the community at the next public hearing if such an attempt is made!
It must now be abundantly clear that Whistler has been caught selling land zoning and this development is too big.
Whistler tax rates are already too high. I urge council to stop wasting our money and time and accept this is a bad development, illegally approved, and do the right thing by scaling back the hotel.
At the last public hearing in July, one community member objecting to the development and the payments said: "I think you are going to be sued, I think you are going lose, and I don't want to pay your legal bills."
Don't let it happen again.
I was amazed to read in the papers that the Nita Lake development had gone to trial and that RMOW had lost. What on earth were they thinking of, wasting our tax dollars on a case they were clearly going to lose, based as it was, on greed and with an arrogant disregard for almost every bylaw and community plan that Whistler has.
Mr. Lambert has though, ironically done us all a great favour, as perhaps now the arrogant council we have (apart from Councillor Melamed and Councillor Wells), that think they can act with impunity will at last realize that they cannot and will have to in the future be held accountable.
The endless urban sprawl with ever decreasing green spaces has to be stopped, and now perhaps developers and council will realize that Whistler is not for sale.
With the worst two years of ever decreasing numbers and occupancy in the resort, I would have thought it would have dawned on someone that building more and more hotels and accommodation is only going to saturate an already saturated market.
What a less arrogant RMOW should have done, when Whistler became the number one resort in America, is looked at what made it unique such as the wonderful green space and true mountain experience, and the vibrant local community instead of thinking this was a never ending cash cow and diluting the whole experience with the result we are just an urban jungle with way too much tourist accommodation.