Letters to The Editor 

Nordic centre rezoning clarrified

VANOC wishes to correct information that appeared in the April 14, 2005 edition of your paper. The president of AWARE, Brad Kasselman, wrote a letter regarding VANOC's rezoning application with the SLRD for the Whistler Nordic facilities. Mr. Kasselman states that Amendment Bylaw No. 913 has been submitted to the SLRD by VANOC. This information is incorrect. In addition, Mr. Kasselman states that the new zoning would apply to Callaghan Lake Provincial Park. This information is also incorrect, and misleading to the public.

To clarify:

• VANOC's rezoning application resulted in Bylaw Zoning Amendment 908 which applies to the Whistler Nordic facilities footprint of approximately 262 hectares. This area does not include Callaghan Provincial Park, and no zoning change is being proposed to the park.

• The SLRD determined that they required an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment (SLRD Bylaw 913) additional to our rezoning request – it is not a VANOC request or requirement.

• The SLRD determined the extent of the amendment area and created the maps included in Bylaw 913. The uses associated with the Whistler Nordic Centre are only permitted within the 262 hectare footprint.

• Bylaw 913 requires Development Permits for any future development within the overall Callaghan Valley. The text of Bylaw 913 specifically excludes provincial parks from the Development Permit requirements.

• VANOC is the proponent on the rezoning amendment Bylaw 908 and as such we are participants in these land use planning processes, not the decision maker.

• Bylaws 908 and 913 do not in any way affect the Provincial Park or the Protected Area Strategy.

Any concerns about the wording and mapping for Bylaw 913 should be directed to the SLRD.

In addition, the environmental and wildlife concerns that Mr. Kasselman raises in his letter were recently examined through the rigorous B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) certification process. The review involved consultation with the public, stakeholder groups and First Nations. The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency both deemed that the project presents no significant adverse environmental, social, economic, heritage and health effects and the project was recently awarded environmental certification. The full EAO report can be found online at www.eao.gov.bc.ca

Maureen Douglas

Director, Operation and Community Relations

Whistler and Sea to Sky Corridor

 

Green Games require leadership

On that July day in 2003 when we won the bid for the 2010 Olympics most would have assessed that there was overwhelming support within the Whistler corridor. For many, that support came naturally to a cause they believed in. For some others, who were cautious about over development and unnecessary destruction of the environment, their support was won over by good leadership and negotiation of the bid committee and the RMOW. In part this was reinforced by the RMOW, having adopted The Natural Step, and made a huge commitment to the CSP process. Within one year after winning the bid we as a whole community had rejected the idea of having a large development in the Callaghan, At that point the group that had been won over felt reinforced in the idea that 2010 would bring an opportunity to "show the world" the greenest Games that have been held to date – not in words, but in actions taken in making the games happen.

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