New method to measure building space proposed 

The Canadian Home Builder’s Association has developed a proposed bylaw to tackle Whistler’s non-conforming space issue head-on.

In a letter addressed to council Dec. 11, the Sea to Sky Chapter suggested using a new method for measuring building space in Whistler by measuring overall volumetric space instead of square footage space.

Councillor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden applauded the association for taking on the issue and putting forth recommendations.

The letter was signed by association president David Girard and states: “The Sea to Sky Chapter of the Canadian Home Builder’s Association has been grappling with this situation for years and have over the last couple of years been working on a solution. Our members don’t want to be building non-compliant buildings any more than the municipality wants us to.”

Mayor Ken Melamed agreed that he is happy about the open dialogue between council and the Sea to Sky Chapter on this issue.

He added that council will craft a response to the association, which will outline some inaccuracies stipulated in the letter.00

The proposed bylaw is available online at and was developed with input from local architects, designers, engineers, the Whistler Realtor Association, the legal community and the local building community.

The Canadian Homebuilders have offered to meet at any time with the municipality to collaborate further on this issue.  


Councillors commend environment protection plan

After two years of hard work, a municipal protocol to protect undeveloped land may soon be put into practice.

The protocol, dubbed the Protected Area Network (PAN), is divided into two parts: a land use and development strategy and an Official Community Plan amendment.

Council was informed of the final strategy and OCP amendment, and will be asked to adopt the bylaw within the next few months. If approved, a public hearing will be scheduled to get community input.

“This is really tremendous,” said mayor Ken Melamed at the council meeting last week.

Other councillors also voiced their strong support.

Councillor Eckhard Zeidler said his one plea is that the provincial government uses the plan as a “progressive example” when looking at the Callaghan Valley.

The protocol identifies Whistler’s sensitive ecosystem and connectivity corridors, designates levels of protection, and describes an environmental review process.

It would ensure that land developed within Whistler would have to follow the guidelines outlined in both the OCP amendment and PAN Land Use and Development Strategy.

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