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Second, as a resort community, we have been successful to a large extent because Whistler has been carefully planned. More recently, there has been thoughtful discussion about sustainability. The resurfacing of B&B rezonings breaches both of these principles. By definition, spot rezoning is unplanned. And what is sustainable about putting tourist accommodation in Alpine and Emerald (which I understand is where all the action is these days with these rezonings) the two subdivisions furthest away from the amenities of the mountain and the village? What is sustainable about adding to the stock of tourist accommodation units when occupancy rates are at historic lows? At the price of a home which could house community members.
Third, from the experience we have had on our street with the existing B&B, there is no comparison of its impact with that of any one of our neighbours. I'm not slamming B&B operators here, I'm simply describing the reality of a house used by people all arriving in separate vehicles. They drive the roads not thinking they should look out for the old dog up near the corner who rests in the middle of the street sometimes, or the little boy who plays in the ditch by the roadway. They come to have a good time, to party hard in the outdoor hot tub, and to leave. Week after week after week.
I have to say that in speaking to my neighbours about this I hear the same thing over and over. Why do the rules in Whistler keep changing; where is the concern for the residents and why is it always about money in this town? Having sat on the other side of the council table, I think this is a misconception. But perception can be reality and intentionally going down the road of these rezonings, again, is just plain wrong.
Let your council know your views
Eclectic competition at Function
Whistler might need an area where industrial organizations can work, but it also (desperately) needs an area that competes with the somewhat bland retail areas of the Village, Creekside and Nesters. By definition, Function Junction will always be different from these "alternatives" courtesy of its location. Being different does not, however, mean it cannot compete and, importantly, by being different it can compete on the basis of both cost and innovation. Allowing it to remain an eclectic mix of businesses and develop further along the lines of Granville Island will benefit the community and all other Whistler businesses. Strategic differentiation and competition never hurt.