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Council to hear update on Northlands rezoning

Community Open House tentatively set for June 17
Northlands aerial
An aerial shot of the site at 4500 Northlands Blvd., north of Whistler Village.

Whistler’s mayor and council will hear an update on the rezoning process for the Northlands—the largest remaining undeveloped piece of land in Whistler’s core village area—at the June 1 council meeting.

It’s the first public update since council approved an “enhanced” rezoning process for the lands—which include 4500 Northlands Blvd., 4711 Settebello Dr., and 4700 Blackcomb Way north of Whistler Village—on March 16.

The rezoning was presented to the Advisory Design Panel on April 21 and the Strategic Planning Committee on May 25, according to a report to a council.

The first of what will likely be many community open houses is tentatively scheduled for June 17, where Resort Municipality of Whistler staff and representatives from proponent Beedie Living will share details about the process, and community members will have a chance to weigh in with their thoughts.

Following that, a webpage and dedicated email address will be setup for the project, and a questionnaire will be available online.

Outcomes of the first round of public engagement, and details of next steps, will be shared at a council meeting later this summer.

The site’s current zoning allows for a nine-storey hotel with a Phase 2 rental pool covenant, along with density for indoor recreation and employee housing, and the lands are identified as being in the Whistler Village Core Commercial Area in Whistler’s Official Community Plan, which allows for visitor and residential accommodation as well as commercial, recreational and institutional uses.

A restrictive covenant on title provides for a maximum of 837 bed units on the primary site, while a secondary lot has 48 bed units committed for employee housing.

The six hectares or so of land located at 4700 Blackcomb Way (bordering Fitzsimmons Creek) will remain as a conservation zone.

The entire rezoning is targeted for completion in September 2022.

Also at the June 1 meeting, council will hear presentations on a new, official First Nations territorial statement for the RMOW; an update on terminating Land Use Contracts in Whistler; and updates to the Advisory Design Panel’s terms of reference.

Find the full agenda and a link to tune in live here.

Pick up Thursday’s Pique or head to piquenewsmagazine.com for more from council.