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Whistler Blackcomb 'still working' on staff housing rezoning

Council briefs: Public hearing held for Rainbow daycare
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Whistler council first endorsed a rezoning for a new Whistler Blackcomb staff housing building on Sept. 3, 2019. Though the rezoning bylaw received third reading in Jan. 2020, it is still awaiting adoption.

More than a year after it was last before council, Whistler Blackcomb (WB) says it is “still working” on a proposal for a new staff housing building.

A rezoning bylaw for the proposed 240-bed building received third reading on Jan. 21, 2020, but has yet to come back for consideration of adoption.

Asked for an update, a Resort Municipality of Whistler spokesperson said the file continues to progress, and that staff continues to work with the applicant to advance the project.

A WB spokesperson had nothing further to add on the reasoning behind the delay, other than to say the mountain operator has been focused on its operations during this incredibly challenging year.

PUBLIC HEARING HELD FOR RAINBOW DAYCARE

A rezoning that would allow a new daycare to open in Rainbow is headed for third reading following a public hearing on March 9.

The application from Calgary-based Rainbow Canuck Properties Ltd. seeks to amend the current zoning of the commercial site at 8200 Bear Paw Trail (also known as Rainbow Plaza) to improve the viability of the commercial tenancies onsite.

The landlord has an agreement with local childcare operator Creekside Kids to fill a vacant space on the site, which can accommodate 24 kids and five staff.

No one spoke at the virtual public hearing, though six people wrote letters in support. Third reading will follow at a future council meeting.