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In September, 1998, the staff report recommending first and second reading of the proposed IP1 zoning amendments to allow for asphalt manufacturing was removed from the council agenda because there remained a number of outstanding concerns.
And, in September, 2000, the owner submitted a letter to the RMOW planning department indicating that he had "no further interest in pursuing the rezoning application 272 Asphalt/ Concrete" and instructing municipal staff to "please close the file."
To the best of my knowledge, the IP1 zoning was never amended to include asphalt manufacturing. The asphalt plant operates on land zoned IP1.
If you would like to review the documents in their entirety, they are posted on the Cheakamus Crossing Facebook page for your convenience.
To reiterate, I am requesting at this time that the Resort Municipality of Whistler reconsider its recent agreement with Alpine Paving Ltd. and exercise its legal option to force the closure of the asphalt plant on the basis that it does not meet the zoning requirements.
To my fellow Whistlerites, if you too feel that heavy industry such as asphalt manufacturing does not belong in Whistler within mere metres of childrens' play areas, residential housing, an international hostel and an athletes' training facility, please contact email@example.com with your letters of concern. If you think the RMOW should recognize that the current asphalt plant operates illegally and take appropriate action, please make yourself heard. Be sure to address your letters to mayor and council and include your name and return address. This is an issue that affects our entire community, not just residents of Cheakamus Crossing. Poor air quality knows no boundaries. Dangerous emissions from the asphalt plant may hit Cheakamus Crossing first, but make no mistake: they get to the rest of the community as well. And the fact remains: the asphalt plant is located on land zoned IP1 which clearly does not allow for asphalt manufacturing.
Divided we stand
Congratulations Whistler for fast becoming a real Shakespearean town. I read the news with delight that our library has received a collection of the Bard's best a few months back. I would recommend our Mayor, council and the senior municipal staff to read Romeo and Juliet . Perhaps they all can learn something from it.
Social division of life in a wealthy community like Whistler, just as in Romeo and Juliet 's town of Verona, can sometimes form the basis of harmful patterns of thinking and behavior. This seems to be spreading with frightening speed lately as cracks appear in the social cohesion and fabric of Whistler.