Council Briefs 

CSP draft of Whistler’s blended future ready for council

Council will get a sneak peak of Whistler’s future in its draft form this week.

At Monday’s meeting Mike Vance, general manager of community initiatives for the RMOW, promised council they would have copies of the draft future by the end of the week.

After council review it the blended future will then be vetted by a sample survey group of 400 people, who previously committed to complete the review.

The blended future will be held up against the five original futures that were part of the Whistler. It’s Our Future process.

Ultimately it will become the backbone of the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan, the guiding document that will direct Whistler’s planning for the next 15 years.

The blended future should reflect the community’s desire to put additional employee housing between Function Junction and Emerald Estates.

It will be made public in early May. At that time there will be a public open house where the community can provide feedback.

Councillor Kristi Wells did not think one meeting for public feedback was enough at this point in the process.

She wanted to see other ways people could give input and receive information.

"I just want to see the efforts continue in the scope of work and the scope of budget," she said.

Vance said he would continue to be involved in outreach programs with various community groups like AWARE and the Whistler Arts Council.

Resort visitors to get a new Whistler welcome

Less than half of Whistler visitors find the arrival signs in the resort good to excellent.

That statistic is just one of the reasons why the Whistler Welcome Strategy is in the works.

Since last summer a task team has developed a number of recommendations that could be implemented as part of a new strategy.

They include:

• validation surveys of guests;

• a Whistler South Information Centre;

• a Village Host Program;

• arrival areas at Gateway Loop and Creekside;

• a presence at the Vancouver International Airport; and

• way finding information including common visitation guides.

"The strategy really focuses on some gaps in the arrival experience in Whistler," said Brian Barnett, general manager of engineering and public works, who presented the task team’s work to date at Monday’s council meeting.

Barnett highlighted two areas of the task team’s work at the meeting.

The team has been exploring options for the Whistler South Information Centre in two locations, one just south of the Callaghan Valley entrance and the other at Brandywine Provincial Park.

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