Innovative proposal to provide significant community amenities and land for employee housing
Whistler Council has approved rezoning and a Development Permit for subdivision of the Prism Lands, a 108-acre property located at 1501 Alta Lake Road. The rezoning—from the existing zone that permits one detached dwelling to a new zone—will enable the property owner to subdivide and create five residential estate lots on nine acres, and the remaining 99 acres will be transferred to the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW).
The 99 acres of land to be dedicated to the RMOW for municipal purposes have 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
- providing land for employee housing to be combined to an existing adjacent two-acre site owned by the RMOW and located at 1451 Alta Lake Road.
“This proposal,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, “is a win-win situation for Whistler providing the municipality with significant community amenities, including additional land designated for employee housing, parks, trails and open space, and flexibility for the property owner to subdivide and develop a large parcel of land.”
She added, “The Prism Lands also provide opportunities for the municipality related to infrastructure management, FireSmart activities, wetland protection and environmental stewardship, and trail access and connectivity.”
The zoning amendment bylaw adopted by Council describes the sequence and timing for subdivision of the lands. During the first phase, the lands are to be subdivided into three parcels, including a:
- a 98-acre park parcel to be transferred to the RMOW;
- a one-acre employee housing parcel to be transferred to the RMOW; and
- a nine-acre residential estate lot parcel.
During the second phase, the estate lot parcel is to be subdivided into five parcels.
The bylaw specifies that the land will continue to be subject to the regulations of its current zoning, if not subdivided by December 31, 2018.
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