More construction projects on horizon 

Health centre expansion, hotel renovation and new homes moving forward

Three new construction projects are in the works after council’s consideration and initial approvals this week.

The projects range from the major renovation of a local hotel, an addition to the health care centre and a small residential development in the south end of town.

Each received council’s blessing, though not all are through the approval process. Each project also raised separate concerns.


Cheakamus North moving forward

As council gave the first approvals for the development of three new 5,000 square foot homes on the lands known as Cheakamus North, Mayor Ken Melamed challenged the developer to set new green standards.

“My expectation is that this project is going to set a standard for green building of monster homes that this resort has never seen before,” he said.

The mayor referred to a statistic he’d read that the most efficient estate home was still less efficient than the least efficient 2,000 square foot home.

This was not the only project seen by council Monday night that was challenged to meet green building standards.

The Cheakamus North project has long been in the works.

This latest proposal sees the eight hectare (20 acre) parcel of land in between Spring Creek and Millar’s Pond developed with three large single family homes. A public road right of way will be dedicated to connect those two neighbourhoods.

The developer, Vision Pacific, will also donate 2.4 hectares (6 acres) of a riparian area to the Land Conservancy of B.C.

The developer will build roughly one-third of the new road. It is expected the municipality will build the remainder at a later date.

The land currently has six bed units (the municipality’s tool to measure development) associated with it. The rezoning requires 18 bed units in total.

Bylaws for the project received first and second reading Monday and a public hearing on the project will be scheduled.

Councillor Eckhard Zeidler opposed the rezoning but did not publicly state his reasons for doing so.


Coast hotel to get facelift

A major renovation at the Coast Whistler Hotel is expected to get underway as soon as possible.

Council approved the first steps, which included first two readings of rezoning bylaws, Monday night but not without raising some concerns.

Councillor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden pointed to several recent hotel renovations in the village which had taken longer to complete than anticipated and she questioned if council could do anything to ensure the Coast is not covered in hoarding and scaffolding during the 2010 Games.

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