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But maybe too idealistic for what Whistler and Creekside are becoming.
Aspen is a word Id like to avoid because its both cliché and probably not entirely accurate. But it is a good shorthand for what wed like to avoid becoming. And its what we are incrementally creeping toward.
Is Nita Lake Lodge the tipping point on that journey? Dont know.
But I do know any developer approaching muni hall and the population of Whistler with an unadorned proposal to build a hotel this size at this location unsupported by current zoning lets remember would be told "thanks, but no thanks." Its not in keeping with the neighbourhood. Its not in keeping with the size of the lake. We have concerns about commercial development and redevelopment around our "jewels" of valley lakes.
So the decision becomes one of determining whether the enticement to do something we ought not do is sufficient.
I suspect the proposal will be given the green light. I only hope itll be the last one we do this way. I hope the two new councillors who ran on a strong platform of planning will be successful in getting on with the task. I hope someone will have the courage to either bring the neverending sustainability plan to completion or take it out and shoot it in the head before we waste much more tax money on it. Maybe if it was completed wed be more able to see how inappropriate this development is regardless of the package of goodies it comes with.
Maybe were already past the tipping point of becoming what we hope we will never be.