The long process of terminating all Land Use Contracts (LUC) in Whistler before the province’s June 30, 2022 deadline continues, with council hearing presentations on two more LUC terminations at its Dec. 7 meeting.
Resort Municipality of Whistler staff now has just six months to rezone Whistler’s five remaining LUCs: Blackcomb; Blueberry; Vale Inn; Whistler Creek Lodge; and Twin Lakes.
Bylaws terminating both the Blackcomb and Blueberry LUCs received first and second readings on Dec. 7, with public hearings to follow for each.
While the Blackcomb LUC affects just one property (the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course) and will require a single new zone (Leisure Recreation 11) to replace it, replacing the Blueberry LUC is considerably more complex, with seven different zones needed to cover the land’s 54 single-family parcels, 14 duplexes, 71 townhouses and 183 apartment buildings.
Of the seven zones, four are new (Residential/Tourist Accommodation 30-33) and three existing (Rural Resource 1; Leisure Park 1; and Residential Multiple 4).
A letter detailing the LUC termination process was sent to owners in October, many of who wrote letters to the RMOW wanting to confirm that they won’t lose their ability to rent their properties nightly.
In all proposed zones, dwelling units (aside from those restricted to employee use) are permitted to be used for temporary accommodation when not occupied for residential use, according to a report to council.
Affected property owners will have another chance to weigh in on the proposed zones at the yet-to-be-scheduled public hearing.
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