Council Briefs 

White Gold to get small bed and breakfast

After almost 10 years of trying, a Whistler couple may finally be able to open a small bed and breakfast at their home in White Gold.

On Monday night council gave third reading to their application, which has been in the works since 1994, after no one spoke in opposition of the proposal at the public hearing.

All that remains now is for the bylaw to be adopted.

The original application was the subject of a moratorium on bed and breakfast processing at the municipality until 1998. The following year council placed another moratorium on these applications and the owners missed their chance again.

Instead of withdrawing their application, they requested that it remain open. Council was required to consider it after that second moratorium passed.

The home has four bedrooms and a one bedroom suite. Under municipal law the maximum number of guests allowed in a bed and breakfast is three.

RMOW looking at a resort-wide low-flush toilet bylaw

Council is considering a bylaw, which would require any new buildings in Whistler to install low-flush toilets to conserve water.

The bylaw comes on the heels on the municipality’s Long Term Water Supply Study , which was completed in September 2002 and took a comprehensive look at the municipal water utility.

The low flush toilets would use no more than six litres-per-flush, compared to the 13.2 LPF that is the current standard in most homes. Other changes would affect the water flow rate in showerheads, lavatory faucets and direct flush urinals.

When asked by Councillor Gordon McKeever whether the toilets would incur any additional costs to the consumer, Marvin Fisher, manager of utilities for the RMOW, said the new low flow plumbing does cost a little more.

But he added that these toilets are readily available on the market and plumbing codes and national standards in the United States, Scandinavia, Japan and other countries all require low-flow fixtures.

At Sun Peaks all new toilets that are installed must meet the international standards of either a four litre single flush or a three litre/six litre dual flush toilet.

Whistler has installed ultra-low-flush toilets in municipal buildings.

The public will have a chance to comment on the proposed plumbing bylaw before it goes before council.

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