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The straight underpass will be enclosed, less than 31 metres in length, and pedestrians will be able to see the exit from the entrance.

It will be lit and painted white to address safety issues, providing uninterrupted a Valley Trail route from Rainbow to Nesters on the west side of Highway 99.

This is part of the amenity zoning for the Nesters Crossing lands. Developers are unable to build beyond 500 square metres until the underpass is completed, among other things.

Included in the bylaw amendment were additional restrictions on the permitted uses on the site, as well as the density limits. These were already written into the restrictive covenant on the land. The bylaw prohibits any outdoor motorized recreation, rifle facility or paintball facility or any uses that “would generate noise or dust that is likely to cause a nuisance to owners, occupiers or users of adjacent or nearby lands.”

The bylaw amendment also places additional density limits on the amount of development for the site — the maximum permitted floor space ratio is 0.5 per development parcel as well as a maximum buildable gross floor area of 18,580 square metres (roughly 200,000 square feet).

Councillor Jack Crompton deadpanned: “Congratulations to the proponent for digging this deep.

“Going forward this is an important link for the Valley Trail system.”

RMOW to bid on FCM

New rules are preventing Whistler from bidding on the large Federation of Canadian Municipality’s conference, but that doesn’t mean it can’t make its case to attract smaller FCM meetings to the resort.

The municipality is looking to secure the much smaller board-of-directors meetings in the future. Two are slated for 2017 and council agreed that Whistler should bid on both in the hopes of securing one.

The rules have changed since Whistler last hosted the FCM in 2009 — a conference that brought more than 2,000 delegates to Whistler. It is one of the biggest conferences Whistler has ever held — so large that the event was spread out throughout the resort in hotel meeting spaces as well as the conference centre.

“The host city guidelines now state that the entire conference must be held in one building,” wrote Shannon Story, manager of legislative services in her report to council. “The Whistler Conference Centre is not large enough to host the entire conference under its roof.”

The much smaller board of directors meetings could bring 150 delegates to Whistler.

If the municipality were successful, it would be responsible for a delegates welcome reception, delegates cocktail and dinner reception, complimentary computer equipment and a technician available on-call during the event.

A preliminary budget is set at $30,000.

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