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It's not called the Town Hall meeting anymore — the annual community gathering designed to take the resort’s temperature and debate its future is being dubbed the Resort Community Open House this year. The fall event has been slated for Sept. 25 and will take place in the Sea to Sky Ballroom of the Whistler Conference Centre from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will showcase two key municipal strategies which will shape aspects of the community's future — both the draft Whistler Environmental Strategy and the recommendations of the Comprehensive Transportation Strategy will make their public debut at the open house. The results of annual Community Resort Monitoring Program will also be tabled. A formal presentation on environmental indicators and targets is scheduled from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Municipal staff say the open house will be interactive and provide opportunity for public input. This will be residents' first look at the draft environmental strategy developed over the past 18 months through a collaborative effort between municipal staff and various community stakeholders. The intent of the strategy is to create a backdrop against which municipal staff and council can make judgements about future land-use, planning and infrastructure decisions. The TAG strategy is the result of a $400,000-plus study commissioned to assess Whistler's transportation needs and develop a comprehensive vision for transportation in the valley. The strategy looks at issues including roads, parking management, public transit, rail service, the pedestrian and cycling network, ski lift systems and mountain operations. It makes a set of recommendations for both short- and long-term action. A supervised activity area for the children of parent's attending the open house will be provided free of charge. For kids between the ages of three and five the activities will also focus on the environment. For children six and older, municipal staff plan on offering activities from the parks and recreation program River Life.