Development projects in Sea to Sky corridor ramp up 

Plans for three projects unveiled to community at May 5 public open houses

If the upcoming open houses are any indication, Sea to Sky country has become a hotbed of development opportunities.

On Thursday, May 5, the public will get its first real look at three different development proposals for the area.

In separate meetings throughout the corridor the community can hear about plans to develop the northernmost part of the resort municipality, the Boot Pub/Shoestring Lodge site in the heart of Whistler and the land near Porteau Cove on the southern fringe of the Sea to Sky corridor.

Each of the three open houses will detail the potential development plans for the specific areas.

These are just a handful of proposals either under active consideration at various levels of government or in the early stages of development. Some may proceed while others may be quashed.

But one thing is for sure. The pressure to develop here is enormous. In the next 15 years, the population of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District is expected to almost double in size, from 35,000 people to a total of 65,000, with most of that growth happening in the southern area of the district, from Pemberton to Lions Bay.

The SLRD will need 15,000 more housing units in the next 25 years to deal with that growth.

Here is a taste of what's proposed.

The Lakelands proposal

To the new owners of this 280-acre site of private land on Whistler's northern edge, the possibilities seem limitless.

It could be the site of an international school, drawing students from around the world. It could be the place for a new "longevity centre" complete with spa, special clinics and age management programs. There could be a golf course and high-end condos and townhouses.

But there's one major catch. The land, the Parkhurst property, isn't actually slated for development. In fact, the current zoning allows for just three single-family homes on the land, which lies to the east and north of Green Lake at the edge of Whistler's northern boundary.

The developers say it's up to the community to decide as they work with municipal hall to come to a solution.

They are holding an open house at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. to give the community their first taste of what could lie ahead.

"We believe Whistler is a special place and we want to make sure that what we do we work along with the community of Whistler to make sure we provide things that Whistler needs at this moment," said Reza Farkoush, a Vancouver immigration consultant who represents the new owners.

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