Asphalt ruling latest letdown for residents 

Problems range from asphalt to parking at Cheakamus Crossing

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According to Protter that agreement did not become policy, and their strata managers at Whistler Resort Management received a notice from the municipality that "reneged on everything they promised," said Protter. The lower, paved areas won't be reopened to residents, and they will have to pay insurance in the future to continue using the gravel lot.

• The gravel production at the quarry where the asphalt plant is located has proven to be a greater issue for some residents than the asphalt. There have been issues with trucks, noise and dust, and this past summer there was an unscheduled rock blast that some residents say shook their homes. Protter's wife was moving their disabled daughter from her bed to her wheelchair when the blast occurred and almost dropped her onto the floor. The provincial environment ministry responded to their complaints, and in the future the gravel pit will have to post advance notice of any blasts in the area.

• The original plans for the neighbourhood park have been reduced significantly. The original plans included two grass soccer fields, green space, a water park and a toboggan hill, with future plans for hard courts, skateboard park, bike skills park and a running track. However, at an estimated cost of $9 million that plan was shelved and replaced with a new $1.4 million park development plan that will get underway in the spring. The new park is limited to a grass lawn, a play structure, a gravel soccer pitch and track and two sand volleyball courts.

When plans were changed, some residents suggested that the municipality should have priced the proposed park before including it in the planning for the neighbourhood.

• Spaces that were zoned for a restaurant/pub and grocery store continue to sit empty. Some prospective restaurant owners have said the cost of retrofitting the space is prohibitively expensive, and a deal that would have seen the municipality underwrite over $300,000 of those renovation costs to get Whistler Sport Legacies (WSL) as a tenant — which would operate the facility through a contractor, and use it to provide food service to athletes staying in their lodge — fell through because it didn't make financial sense to WSL.

Protter, who owns a barbecue business and had been tapped to run the restaurant, said the concept doesn't make sense the way things currently sit.

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