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The bigger issues Im satisfied that thats moving ahead at pace because when youve got 300 acres of land, you really do have to figure out where that fits into the community and how quickly we develop it. And thats all part of the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan.
Q: Youve said in the past that the media tends to inflate Whistlers housing problems as a "crisis" situation. With a waitlist of 400 applicants, do you think theres a crisis?
A: I suppose in a way its a matter of public perception more than anything. How do you say that 200 (applicants) is not a crisis but 400 (applicants) is a crisis? I think its a crisis when either people start to get impatient and they say "you know what, you politicians and you people at the housing authority, youre not doing your job." When people get upset and unhappy, it becomes a crisis.
Or when we see it in an economic sense, when people start to leave town because of it. They want to own something and theyve had it with waiting and they start to leave town, then we have a crisis. And I dont think were there yet.
But if we dont get going on this and do something, were going to be there because I think people are going to very quickly look and say "you guys have got a bunch of money and youve got land opportunities, youve got a bunch of people waiting, were upset. What are you going to do?"
Im not prepared to call it a crisis but Im concerned. We ought to be doing something. Five million dollars and land and a market of 400 people, theres no excuse for not doing something.
Q: This council, when elected almost two years ago, promised to deliver 500 employee beds by the end of their term. How many do you think will be delivered in the next 14 months?
A: The answer at this point is: I have no idea.
And thats part of the frustration I think on behalf of the housing authority and some councillors and the public weve got a chair of the housing authority saying "I have no idea" when I could be saying "well were going to do this and were going to do that because we have the land and we have the money." Weve just got to get on with it.