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There are other approaches to maintaining or increasing employee beds without actually building our way out of the problem and right into a bigger one. I’m certain that if further time is spent on this approach, we will find ways.

What exactly is being done to manage and police the existing resident restricted units? I have the impression that not enough is being done. I have been told two stories in the past week of people being charged non-approved rents in price restricted units and rentals to people who have just moved here from Vancouver to retire and who are not planning to work. This will certainly increase "leakage" if not properly managed.

All four of the growth options presented will impact the annual municipal budget negatively. This is largely due to the lower than average tax assessment, which will apply to the large number of employee units to be built. Tax or other revenues will have to increase to cover these "subsidized" units. If we are going to have to subsidize the offering of employee units, perhaps the same dollars should be put towards creating major incentives for existing market property owners to buy into the creation of resident restricted units within their existing market properties. In essence buying back the employee beds from within the existing market units already built. If the Quest analysis data was correct as viewed at the open house, there could be an impact in the millions of dollars on the annual budget related to this fact. I think we could create a lot of employee beds with that kind of money by creating highly attractive tax incentives to existing property owners.

Perhaps employee housing should be built, but elsewhere. Pemberton and Mt. Currie are both in need of increased economic activity to help acquire financial and community stability. Amenities such as a pool, rink and rec centre can only be gained with a significant population. Perhaps swapping the 300 acres in the Callaghan valley for land close to those communities will help our neighbours.

The statement in the CSP detail noting that customer service may deteriorate due to employees not being able to live in Whistler is truly questionable. I can attest to the fact that many of the employees whom I work with commute, and they have always done an excellent job of providing customer service, regardless of whether they were living in Whistler, Pemberton, Squamish, Mt. Currie or D’arcy. They prefer to live in those communities and many do not want to live here because of what Whistler has become, they only want to work and play here. I believe allowing further growth will drive out more of the people who have formed the foundations of this community.

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