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a. Economic Feasibility
b. Snow Conditions & Operational Feasibility (ski terrain, climate, bed units)
c. Environmental Issues, including water, sewage, wildlife and fisheries
d. Master Plan Review based on provincial criteria for ski resort applications
e. Master Development Agreement
Should the proponent be successful in meeting the EAO and MOTSA criterion, the proponent and the District of Squamish will enter into discussion regarding the annexation of the proposed resort lands into the DOS.
The annexation of the resort lands into the DOS and applicable re-zoning can only be granted by the DOS if the proponent meets or exceeds all conditions set forth by the DOS including but not limited to economic feasibility, infrastructure cost requirements, and environmental requirements including wildlife, water supply, sewage, and fisheries. This could include suggested revisions to the master plan.
Local approval by DOS Council will need to be contingent upon the proponent obtaining adequate support from the community as a whole for the ski resort in principle, and the proponent’s plan being reflective of the feedback gained via further public consultation. It should be noted that the proponent will need to maintain a certain level of profitability to proceed with the project, and that the final master plan of the resort could be an area of mutual compromise, should the community support the resort in principle.
We have had very informative discussions with representatives of the Squamish Environmental Society and Save Garibaldi Group at their request. Their information and comments were taken very seriously and we appreciate the time and effort they put forward to express their views. The Board of the Chamber of Commerce believes that all of their concerns will be addressed and should be addressed in the above mentioned process. The Board continues to maintain our original qualified support for this project and we have not changed our position.
We understand that in the coming summer months the Province and GAS will be working together to address concerns communicated from earlier discussions and also provide any outstanding information required, before granting an Environmental Assessment Certificate and approving the master plan, again this is only if the various Provincial agencies are satisfied with the application data.
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