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Wilhelm-Morden said one of the lessons learned from the 25-year-old case is to deal with litigation in a timely manner.
"We didn't do that with this case, to our detriment," she said at the time "And that was no individual's fault, it's just that that's a lesson learned."
In February Whistler quietly settled a wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought against it by a former senior manager. The court ordered that all claims from both sides be dismissed without costs. Harry Kim, former general manager of environmental services for roughly a year and a half, alleged he was terminated without cause and without notice. In court documents the municipality later alleged Kim was sub-consulting with his former employer while working for the muni. It served a counterclaim looking for unpaid rent. Both claims were dropped.
Threat of Lawsuits
Developer Steve Bayly didn't mince his words in August after council delayed giving final approval to his Mons Road industrial rezoning. He told Pique he was reviewing his options, including litigation for financial damages after spending more than $2 million to meet municipal requirements for the large project that would transform a 6.5 hectare site north of the village for transportation, infrastructure and civic uses. It was a major decision for this council, even if it was just to give the final nod to the bylaws, and council members had unanswered questions and concerns. But by this point the rezoning had been five years in the making and reviewed by three councils. Bayly had had enough. Three weeks after his threat of litigation council was delaying no more. Outstanding questions had been answered and the mayor publicly thanked Bayly for coming back to the table to negotiate after council sent the project back to staff. Lawsuit averted, Mons bylaws approved. It is one of the most significant rezonings of the year, if not the most, creating a maximum build out of 200,000 square feet.
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