Work camp at Rainbow raises neighbours’ concerns 

Council to consider TCUP application next Tuesday


Andrew Haig would have not have bought a home at Rainbow had he known about the 1,600 strong security force possibly camping out there during the Olympics.

He would, instead, have waited until after the 2010 Games had come and gone.

That's how concerned he is about the potential disruptions from the temporary work camp that's set to be built just down the road from his new duplex.

"I can foresee it becoming party central of Whistler-north if these people are just here to work their shift and then enjoy the Games," said Haig, who will be moving into his new home next month with his partner who is expecting their first child.

"Rainbow's slogan is 'where families gather' and where families gather is not party central. That was one of the reasons we purchased there. We purchased there to raise a family."

The 11 th hour application for a Temporary Commercial Use Permit (TCUP) for a work camp on the Rainbow lands was submitted to municipal hall two weeks ago. Contemporary Security Canada, the consortium responsible for the private security during the Olympics, has just four months to get the camp ready for the February Games.

The application details a temporary housing complex with several buildings on the south end of the Rainbow subdivision, along with a dining hall/entertainment building.

Rod Nadeau, developer of the Rainbow lands, said the temporary development is far enough away from neighbours that he does not expect it will have significant impact.

"I am sure the disruption caused by this camp will be a lot less than the disruption we're causing them right now (with ongoing construction)," said Nadeau.

"These people are going to be working long hard shifts," he said of the security personnel needed for the Games.

"Even if they partied as loud as they possibly could, they're so far away from the other people that it's negligible.

Council will decide the fate of the TCUP application on Tuesday.

"Essentially what we have to consider is the balance of the negative impacts that might be perceived by local residents against our commitment to support the Games and help the logistics and the operation go ahead," said Mayor Ken Melamed.

Like other TCUPs before it, council could ask for certain requirements that may alleviate neighbours' concerns. For example, it could ask for noise controls or an on site supervisor to oversee activity.

The application's tight timeframe, along with the long weekend, left Haig scrambling this week to organize Rainbow residents in an effort to bring their concerns to council.

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