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Nick Davies appointed WHA Chair

On Monday morning Councillor Nick Davies was appointed chair of the board of directors for the Whistler Housing Authority.


"I’m looking forward to it," said Davies, who has been a council representative on the board for more than three years.

"I think the housing authority is a very interesting organization to be involved in and with the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan coming over the horizon, the housing authority is going to play an important role in the next few years in terms of where we go with our housing initiatives."

The CSP, Whistler’s planning document for the next 15 years which is currently in draft form, outlines a goal of retaining 75 per cent of the Whistler workforce within the resort community by the year 2020.

That means finding ways and means of building more employee housing as well as encouraging the retention and creation of employee suites through the non-cost housing initiatives.

"I don’t think we want to be a community where everybody either lives in a $5 to $10 million single family house or lives in a townhouse," said Davies.

"We need to try and attempt to preserve a whole range of housing."

Davies takes over the current role of chair of the WHA after Councillor Kristi Wells was removed from the position at the end of April.

Currently three councillors are part of the seven-member board, including Caroline Lamont and Gordon McKeever.

Davies said one of the next steps is to examine the role of the WHA within the municipality.

He said: "We have to have a discussion about what the Housing Authority’s role is and its relationship with the municipality and I think that will happen very quickly."

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