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It is healthy to have other developers participate in the building of Whistler. It is common knowledge that developers are subjected to very onerous demands by our council and RMOW staff. These demands work to protect and maintain quality development in our community. What developer in their right mind is going to go through what the Nita Lake Lodge Corporation has been subjected to in the future building of our resort community?
Perhaps the government in Victoria should amend the Local Government Act to reflect the needs of this "cutting edge" resort municipality. This little town is a world leader in resort evolution. It is very apparent that the Local Government Act is not meeting the needs of Whistler in this case.
As well as this being a very well thought out development the community should not miss out on the many amenities included. Amending the Local Government Act would give credit where credit is due; to our hardworking, informed, honest council members and a very diligent and talented municipal staff that work in the best interest of Whistler. The Local Government Act needs to "catch up with the times".
Finally, I would like to believe the Lamberts are well intentioned people. Please put that energy into assisting all of us in building this special place. Supporting the "clean-up" of Creekside with a much overdue quality redevelopment would be a great start.
Rant, rant, rant. To read many of your letters, the municipal hall exists solely to underwrite a cabal of evil town planners that want to turn Whistler into a living hell. Well, kids, I have news for you: the barn door is open, the horse is on the run and has been for years, and the sudden blossoming of self-serving anti-development by many who had been able to do what they wanted back when it suited them is just plain ridiculous.
Take a look around. This resort is phenomenal. Maybe the Muni made some zoning decisions you dont agree with, but overall they do a superlative job. The site is well done, the mountain is fabulous, the town is clean and functional, and the buses run on time (most of the time). If the excellent and soon-to-be green public transport is running behind schedule, it is because of too much snow nice problem to have. The quantity and quality of municipally supported accessible housing is unparalleled in any North American resort, probably the world. Want to live in a comparable place, say Vail? Forget it. Youll have to drive an hour down the highway even for Whistler prices on rent and guess what? No services, no cute stores, and Whistler prices in U.S. dollars, even after the commute from hell.