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The OCP is no here-today-gone-tomorrow document. And while it's flexible enough to "recognize and seize opportunities" as they come along, its first key theme is for all of us to, "work together within a limited growth context."
So, to torture a metaphor, are these gorillas barking up the wrong tree? Is Whistler's bed unit cap set in stone? Or is this something we should be talking about?
In all the consultations for the OCP, there has been an underlying context. Whistler 2020 has provided some of it and the bed unit cap has filled in the gaps. But neither embrace the opportunity, or threat, posed by WhistlerU. Neither contain a mechanism — as opposed to the potential — for changing the cap.
So what should we do with these gorillas?
Personally, I believe we should be talking about them, debating them, holding rousing town hall meetings and hashing them out. I'd like to hear the proponents of scraping the cap debate those who favour keeping it. I'd like to hear WhistlerU make its case and defend its idea against those who believe it represents a bad new direction for the town to take.
These are issues that need a big airing, not the tightly-controlled, confined, storyboarded public hearings we've grown accustomed to.
If the muni doesn't want to host them, perhaps they'd be fodder for the Museum's debate series. Hey, at least it'd be a start. Better than discovering gorillas lurking about at your last public hearing on your premiere planning document.
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