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The RMOW could deem it essential that
a movie theatre, a bowling alley, a pub, a hotel, a B&B, a hostel, a bike
shop, a motorcycle rental or all terrain vehicle rental store be placed
adjacent to your residential zoned property, to enhance tourism. Those of you
with property on the Valley Trail are especially vulnerable as the RMOW may
deem it necessary to put toilets and a concession stand adjacent to or in close
proximity to your property to service the needs of tourists and residents
Let me be clear, I do not have
friends who live in close proximity to Lakeside Park or in Alta Vista but I
believe, very strongly, that we can all be affected or negatively impacted by a
decision to put a commercial establishment and public toilets in an area zoned
If the RMOW deems that there is a
need for a commercial operation to provide watercraft on the east side of Alta
Lake then surely Wayside Park is the place to put it. Wayside Park could also
be the site for public toilets.
You may feel that the issues
regarding Lakeside Park do not really impact you or concern you, but they do.
The RMOW’s actions threaten your rights, your expectations and your property
value. Get involved to quash their plans, I did.
Whistler & Vancouver
Communication, not confrontation
It never surprises
me to see scum landlords grabbing the headlines. Too bad the papers never
publish what they have to say. They did not create the problem; they are only
capitalizing on it. It has been past council members’ policies to run them out
of town, of course, but only if there is a written complaint by neighbours.
In all the years (15) of the Backpackers Hostel existence never
did council ask for advice on what the transient workers needs were. Our
rezoning application sat for almost 10 years in the planning department. We
were told to forget about it, it will never happen.
Yes, the Backpackers capitalized on it! We racked, stacked
& packed, but behind closed doors there was a blind eye and level of
acceptance of what we were doing, as Backpackers was seen as a necessary evil
at the time because of Whistler's boom growth years.