A temporary trailer park that
would house local workers is gaining ground this week as a new location is
explored for its building potential.
The site is located north of
the village on the west side of Highway 99, opposite Mons Road.
The new site has come up for
consideration as a deal with First Nations, which own the BCBC lands opposite
Alta Vista, remains up in the air.
The Vancouver Organizing
Committee for the 2010 Games (VANOC) confirmed this week it has leased that
site from Squamish and Lil’wat Nations for ski waxing trailers during the
upcoming FIS World Cup and national speed championships next month.
The lease expires in May
2008, which still leaves the door open for a temporary housing project. In the
meantime, a second location is being considered.
“We told (the proponents)
that if they don’t get anywhere with First Nations we can provide them with
some acres,” confirmed Steve Bayly this week.
Bayly, along with business
partner Nigel Woods, has an application working through municipal hall to
rezone a piece of property west of Highway 99. They are proposing the area
would be used for “back of house” facilities such as a bus depot, recycling
depot and a taxi maintenance and storage facility. The land is currently zoned
for a single family estate home.
Because they don’t plan to
build all 16 acres at once, they have offered four acres as a potential
temporary housing site, should it be needed.
Tom Horler, co-chair of the
H.O.M.E. Committee, which is committed to finding a solution to Whistler’s
housing crisis, said the Mons site works well for its needs. Not only is it
flat, it’s close to transit. There is also a tree buffer between the highway
and the proposed location of the housing.
The plan would include the
developers delivering a serviced portion of the site by the late fall, just in
time to get housing up and ready for the 2008-2009 winter season which promises
to be even more challenging than this season. The H.O.M.E. Committee’s plan is
to bring temporary housing to Whistler with enough beds for approximately 250
housing project would be called the Community Bridge Park.
will provide a bridge into the community for temporary workers,” said Horler.