A rezoning for a new Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) staff housing building is headed for adoption after Whistler council gave it third reading on April 20.
The bylaw will rezone the lands at 2028 Rob Boyd Way to a new site-specific Leisure Recreation 11 zone, paving the way for a new employee housing building intended for WMSC coaches and staff.
A public hearing was held for the rezoning in March 2020 before the WMSC requested the application be put on hold.
Seven people made submissions at the public hearing, with the main concern being maintaining access to an existing unauthorized trail through the site.
“This trail is not identified on our trails master plan, [but] the ski club has confirmed that they have historically permitted use of the trail and that there’s no intention to close this trail or limit access in any way,” said planner Roman Licko in a presentation to council.
With the bylaw’s adoption, the WMSC can begin construction on a new four-unit building (two three-bedroom and two two-bedroom units) next to the existing WMSC club house. The new building will also include common storage, laundry and parking.
Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) staff is proposing a maximum rent of $1,200 per bedroom.
The existing patrollers’ cabin on site—predating the RMOW itself and boarded up for several years—will be removed as part of the project.
“I just want to say goodbye to the patroller cabin,” said Councillor Cathy Jewett.
“There is a lot of history in there—as an old patroller, I can attest to that.”