Pemberton to get it a new pub and an emergency plan 

A year after floods devastated the Sea to Sky corridor, Pemberton will soon have its first emergency management plan.

Pemberton council and members of what will be the Village of Pemberton Emergency Management Organization have been working on an emergency plan since most of the town was covered in water in an October 2003 flood.

Councillor Michelle Beauregard said the planning sessions for the draft emergency plan were almost finished and would be tabled for further discussion on Nov. 25.

Meanwhile, Pemberton council has approved an initial development permit for a neighbourhood pub.

The new pub will be built on the corner of Highway 99 and Harrow Road and will seat 120 people. A new beer and wine store and two residential units will also be built on the site.

The developers, Function Gate Holdings, needed council permission to amend the parking plan because the development was short eight parking places. But that problem was resolved when council allowed the developers to share parking spaces with the Pemberton Lodge, which will be located next to the Pub.

Mayor Elinor Warner said the development was "very exciting" and the other councillors were also keen to see the new establishment built as soon as possible.

In related news, Mayor Warner decided last week that she would not be running for re-election as mayor in the November 2005 municipal elections.

Councilor Beauregard said it would have been a tough decision for the mayor. She added that she did not know of anybody, as yet, who wanted the job.

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