Over the Rainbow 

Rainbow development receives third reading

220-unit development passed without comment at Monday's council meeting. Photo by Maureen Provencal
  • 220-unit development passed without comment at Monday's council meeting. Photo by Maureen Provencal

By Vivian Moreau

Third reading of bylaws for the one-step-forward-two-step-back Rainbow housing project passed without a stumble at Whistler council’s meeting Monday night.

The 220-unit development, located between Emerald Estates and Alpine Meadows, passed without comment, although negotiations on offsite servicing costs still need to be settled, Mayor Ken Melamed said after the meeting. He noted it’s not unusual for developers to move forward with site preparation before fourth readings have been concluded. Work is expected to start on the site soon.

“We have allowed developers to go in after third reading but they understand there are certain risks in doing so before finalizing,” Melamed said.

Originally expected to have gone through final readings last fall, the Whistler Rainbow Properties project, which will include a grocery store, office space, restaurant, video store and coffee shop, was delayed when council raised concerns about the size of the commercial space and the variety of businesses planned. The ratio of resident-restricted units to market housing units was also an issue, as were slope angles and servicing costs.

The project will include 70 single-family homes, 40 duplexes, 40 seniors units and 30 apartment/townhomes.

But after many adjustments Monday night was a different story.

“Last night council was satisfied with the proposal as it was,” Melamed said of the unanimous vote.

Developer Tom Rafael, in attendance Monday night, said third reading for the Rainbow project “is wonderful for the community and for everyone involved.”

Further steps in the process include provincial approval and a fourth, final reading.



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