CSP budget increased by $241,000 

The budget for Whistler’s Comprehensive Sustainability Plan was increased by $241,000 this week.

Whistler councillors approved the increase, on top of the $500,000 initial budget following a presentation from the general manager of planning and development services, Mike Purcell.

"We’re forming a business plan for the community for the next 50-200 years," Councillor Nick Davies said in making a motion to approve the request.

"I believe the decisions made by the next couple of councils based on this plan will be that far reaching.

"Given the importance of this project to the future of the community I believe Mr. Purcell’s request is reasonable," Davies said.

The new money for the CSP will come from the municipality’s general capital reserve.

Purcell said in his presentation that the original CSP proposal identified additional work and budget might be required. When council decided it didn’t entirely like any of the consulting firms that bid on the CSP contract it was noted that additional members would be added to the consulting teams.

The additional money will also go to "more completely fulfill the objectives set out in the original proposal call and to expand and enhance the opportunities for public engagement, including a communications program to complement the overall public engagement program," according to Purcell’s written report.

The CSP will officially be launched June 12. The first discussion paper is to be published June 28.

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