My husband and I have lived in Whistler since 1987 and have tried to participate in many of the activities that have been here for us to enjoy. As well as that, we have been interested in many aspects of helping to make Whistler a better place for everyone to live and trying to contribute to the future of Whistler for both the tourists and residents, young and old. We have enjoyed everything about our lives here and were very interested a couple of years ago when the idea of "sustainability" was introduced by the municipality. We attended as many public lectures and discussions as we were able and felt that the idea was interesting and very progressive, but when we tried to discuss it with other interested Whistlerites we found that we were all asking the same question: what does it really mean? Can we, in our little valley, become "sustainable" here on our own? What does this entail for us?
On Saturday, June 24 th, I attended the open house for the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan (CSP) put on by the Resort Municipality of Whistler at Spruce Grove. I found that members of the municipality including the mayor, councillors, Mike Vance, and very knowledgeable members of the Planning Department, etc. have been working hard organizing the results of all the public meetings that have been going on over the past years into a very detailed breakdown of the community activities and needs for a well-planned sustainable future for Whistler. Under those categories there was a breakdown into points of what the members of the community gave as feedback that they felt was needed to sustain and improve our enjoyment of being here for residents and visitors alike. I want to congratulate you all and your staff for compiling years of ideas and data collected from us all and getting them into a more easily understood format. It was very well done and I hope that over the three days of open houses that community members took advantage of understanding the many goals that have been proposed.
I especially was pleased to see that the needs of the senior residents of Whistler were mentioned several times in the documents on the Internet at the Web site for the CSP. I have been following closely the progress of MAC and hope that soon special plans will be successful to help seniors hopes of "aging in place".
Another issue I would like to mention is the frequent discussion of transportation to become more green-friendly and in the use of the valley trails as alternatives to private cars. The use of human energy in walking, biking, etc. to get around our green valley was discussed as the alternate. I would like to express my concerns over the use of Segways (a motorized scooter of a fairly large dimension) on certain trails which seemed to me an inappropriate way of transportation where slower persons are moving. When suggestions are made that larger trails and more trails be constructed I am told that there is not enough room for them. Then why is the municipality even considering the use of these machines which, incidentally, are used for faster travel in city traffic? I have brought this subject up to several persons and in the meet-the-council Dialogue Cafés. It seemed that there was a general agreement that this was a bad idea. It does appear to not be in sync with Whistler being environmentally "green", and it could be dangerous. I hope that you will reconsider this activity as being more appropriate on the main roads. Maybe the public might let the local papers know where they stand on this subject .