Land will provide significant community amenities and employee housing
Forty hectares (99 acres) of land has been transferred to the Resort Municipality of Whistler following the re-zoning of the Prism Lands—a 44-hectare property located at 1501 Alta Lake Road.
The rezoning—updated from zoning that that previously permitted just one detached dwelling—enabled the property owner to subdivide and create five residential estate lots on nine acres, and transferred the remaining 40 hectares to the RMOW.
The property has been re-zoned as:
- a 39.4 hectare park parcel owned by the RMOW;
- a 0.6 hectare employee housing parcel owned by the RMOW; and
- a 3.6 hectare residential estate lot parcel.
The land which now belongs to the RMOW has significant value for:
- parks, open space and trails;
- protection of the ecologically sensitive Millar Creek wetlands;
- wildfire protection;
- a legal right of way for an existing municipal sewer main line;
- public access for existing trails
- land for a future Valley Trail connection to Function Junction from Alta Lake Road; and
- land for employee housing to be combined to an existing adjacent 0.8 hectare site owned by the RMOW and located at 1451 Alta Lake Road.
“The completion of this deal is an example of proactive long-term planning for our community, an important role of municipal government,” said Mayor Jack Crompton, “These 40 hectares in a prime location will provide significant community amenities and environmental stewardship opportunities for decades and generations to come.”