Olympic plans for Callaghan complex 

Tangle of responsibilities, rights, obligations covers valley proposed for Nordic events

Who will own and govern land in the Callaghan is just one of many questions that will need to be answered by this time next year if the 2010 Winter Olympic Games bid submission deadline of November, 2001 is to be met.

Governance, zoning and ownership of the proposed Nordic site in the Callaghan Valley are among a host of issues that will need to be addressed in a master development plan for the area.

That plan, which will cover non-sport specific issues, must be completed by September 2001 to meet International Olympic Committee timelines. While all the issues may not be fully addressed by this date, the master plan will need to demonstrate how they will be resolved.

This was the information relayed by the Callaghan-Olympic Advisory Group to Squamish-Lillooet Regional District board members at their monthly meeting held Monday, Nov. 27.

"I didn’t realize how much overlap there was there," noted Pam Tattersfield, SLRD director responsible for parts of the Callaghan.

The SLRD was presented with a work plan that outlines the wide range of issues that will need to be addressed under the master development plan. Those issues include First Nations claims; infrastructure and services; cost sharing, post games management; timber harvesting; environment; commercial recreation; public recreation; zoning, ownership and governance; and mining.

According to the work outline, the area proposed for the Nordic centre is currently Crown land but zoning that land is the responsibility of the SLRD. A portion of the valley, however, falls under the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s jurisdiction. Work needs to be done to determine how best to zone the property and who should ultimately be landowner. This decision will be influenced by who will manage the site following the completion of the games.

However, both the Mount Currie Band and the Squamish Nation both claim the Callaghan as part of their traditional territory.

Work will be required to establish a relationship with each First Nation regarding the Olympics. The master plan will require an archaeological assessment of the Callaghan Valley and it will need to be determined how First Nations can benefit from the Olympics. The team will also need to ensure the bid has their support.

The advisory group has made contact with Lyle Leo of Mount Currie and Randall Lewis of Squamish in this regard. Mount Currie and Squamish are also both represented on the Bid Corporation board.

According to the information presented to the SLRD, the B.C. Assets and Lands Corporation has several applications for commercial recreation tenures in the valley. Work is required to determine which tenures are compatible with the bid and to develop a memorandum of understanding with BCAL regarding how the Crown corporation will be responding to tenure applications in that area.

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