By Alison Taylor
The municipality is concerned about the aggressive timeline set by Rainbow’s developers who have promised to deliver resident housing by Christmas next year.
Mayor Ken Melamed said this week that they are still waiting for critical information from the developer before the municipality can move the project along in the rezoning process. That delay, he said, is cause for concern.
“Council’s concerned on behalf of the community who are waiting in anticipation from this product to come on the market,” said the mayor.
But standing on site at the Rainbow property, with the sun sparkling on the distant waters of Green Lake through the trees, developer Rod Nadeau and project manager Bill Hayes said they are determined to keep their commitments.
They intend to deliver the promised 25 single family restricted homes and 20 duplexes for occupancy in little over a year — a portion of what the site will hold at build-out.
Developers will use local builders and modular housing to meet their goals over the next three years.
“That’s encouraging,” said the mayor, upon learning of the renewed promises. “That’s what we want to hear.”
As excavation crews move earth around the site and surveyors walk the land in what may be one of the last sunny days of the fall, Hayes and Nadeau are acutely aware of their strict schedule.
“Any schedule is ambitious,” said Hayes. “My motto is to stop worrying and get on with the job.”
There are several outstanding issues yet to be resolved before the project can get final rezoning approval from council.
Of the 22 conditions required before adoption of the bylaws, Rainbow has met just over half a dozen. Nadeau said another half dozen are very close to completion.
One of the major missing pieces is the site-servicing plan, which details the road grades, sewer, water and hydro lines and the rights of way. It’s a critical piece of the puzzle. It will be delivered several months later than originally expected.
“We had expected to see them by the fall but that’s not the schedule Rainbow has,” said Bob MacPherson, general manager of planning and development services for the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
“We asked Rainbow for a schedule of when we’re going to get this stuff and also their construction schedule because we’re hearing rumblings that a lot of time is passing and not much seems to be happening.
“It’s a very ambitious schedule.”