Rainbow contributes to sustainability
Re: Rainbow Lands
After attending the open house presentation of the proposed
Rainbow Properties redevelopment, we support the overall proposal. The
inclusion of a major local service commercial development would be an asset to
serve the new neighborhood.
We understand that these facilities would incorporate a grocery
store, pharmacy, neighborhood pub, bank, beer and wine store, coffee shop and a
gas station — all amenities that are presently lacking in the
Alpine-Emerald corridor. Thought might also be given to a post office.
In view of the newly adopted “2020 Resort Sustainability Plan”
and the previously adopted “Whistler Valley Traffic policies”, the proposed
commercial facilities would be supporting these policies: less driving-less
Accordingly, council should support the proposed local service
As to the present economic downturn in the village core, this
is more a result of high rents and high property taxation and an ineffective
marketing program. Village merchants target a different clientele. As an owner
of village commercial property I am aware of some other merchants who do not
differentiate between local service commercial and commercial space, which
caters to pedestrian tourist traffic. They have been pressuring council to
restrict Rainbow’s commercial space. That is a mistake, which council should
not make. Their concerns should not be confused with the needs to serve the
local population with a “sustainable” way of “affordability” to live in these
Peter & Trudy Alder
Rainbow needs to move forward
Re: Rainbow Site Proposal
I have read with concern that others have expressed some objections to the commercial component being proposed for this site as well as the number of market units and the terms of the restricted rental housing, all stemming from the disclosures made at the recent public open house, and requesting that the rezoning process be further delayed.
Given that this incredibly desirable site has been sought after for employee housing for at least the past 15 years it would, in my view, be an absolute travesty for council to introduce any further delays and not allow the rezoning to be completed and approved this fall thereby allowing servicing and construction to get underway next spring.
To my knowledge, the current zoning of this site would allow up to something like 60,000 sq. ft. of commercial development but only 18,500 sq. ft. is being proposed, and all in the form of much needed local service commercial uses, including a service station, to serve the north end of the community. The reduction in traffic due to elimination of trips now required to the towncentre and Creekside to obtain these services will be significant.
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