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In light of the court ruling, the extensive community donations and the need for the developer to build a larger hotel to recoup these costs, I see no reason for controversy over my consistently alternative solutions for the way forward. I have always said the plans for the hotel should either be scaled back to what would have been acceptable to the community, or abandoned altogether. Either solution seems morally right.
Re: The recent lawsuit and court ruling that has shut down the Nita Lake Lodge project again
The Lamberts state that they are looking out for Whistler's best interests. "There is enough development in Whistler," says Lambert from his second home in Australia while his $10 million house sits empty on Nita Lake. The Lamberts argument and subsequent legal action is that the hotel is too big. Since the site preparation began on the hotel site I have been subjected to a view of the Lamberts property that I can't wait to be covered by up an architecturally pleasing and landscaped building. Anyone who has walked around Nita Lake knows what I am talking about.
I am fully supportive of people's legal rights and on that front the Lamberts have won for now. The bottom line on their position is about their view. If they owned anywhere else in Whistler we would not even know their names in this forum. In the Whistler court of popular opinion I believe the Lamberts have lost. This is not a project that was rammed through by a greedy council. This project has evolved and changed because the first proposal of a medical clinic did not sit well with the community.
The democratic process is alive and well in Whistler. We elected a group of people to listen to the community and uphold our values. A majority of the Whistler community found that this project struck the right balance of meeting the communitys needs and a hotel project. There is no such thing as a perfect development. The developers of the Nita Lake Lodge have gone above and beyond to meet with and satisfy the communitys wishes with regard to this complex project.
The Lamberts and their supporters are trying to tell us they represent what Whistler wants and needs. All they have really done is bleed millions of dollars from the community. It is time for the silent majority in Whistler to stand up and support our council. After all, council listened to the community and acted in good faith when they approved this project.