Letters to the editor 

Nita Lake tranquility threatened

The proposed anchor hotel development being lobbied for at Nita Lake sounds wonderful on paper – "Oh yes, it will clean up the area and raise our property values." Great, so we get to pay more taxes!

Unfortunately, the rise in taxes will be the least of our worries. Most of us who have properties on Creekside have owned them for a long time, some up to 35 years. We have enjoyed the quieter aspects of Whistler. The lakeside of Creekside has always been residentially zoned except for a few lodges, which have been respectful in size. There is a peaceful ambience with very little hustle and bustle. And remember, this is what makes Creekside so special. Its beauty has not yet been disturbed.

The proposed Nita Lake Hotel is, in my opinion, far too big for the existing site. The sprawling size and density of the hotel will devastate the existing feeling of openness. There are few open spaces like this – flat, residential areas next to a lake – left in Whistler.

If the municipality is not going to turn it into a park for all to enjoy then may they at least respect the 1991 community plan which recommends an inn or lodge, or at the very most a small hotel, for that corner of the lake. A lot of work and input went into this plan with the intent of guarding this special spot. I believe the plan was made for the best interests of the community and therefore should be followed.

A mega-resort hotel with 200+ bed units does not fall within the guidelines of the plan. A lodge or small hotel can still be accredited five stars. It’s not the size of the accommodation; it’s what it offers its clientele. Europe has them sprinkled all over – beautiful, sophisticated and discrete small hotels that suit the environment. My hope is that council will remind itself of the 1991 long term plan and follow its guidelines.

For more information please contact the Whistler Planning Department at 604-932-5535 or 1-866-932-5535. Or e-mail www.whistler.ca/council/

Veronica Ross


This letter was addressed to Dan Mayberry of the Ministry of Transportation and Highways

I am writing to protest the planned 8 p.m. closure of Highway 99 to Whistler in July 2003. No allowance has been made to enable visitors arriving on European flights, which usually arrive at 6-7p.m.,to get to Whistler on the same day. These visitors will have the added expense of a Vancouver hotel and will have their vacation shortened by two days.

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