Developments to add to Whistler’s employee rental housing inventory.
At their regular council meeting this week, Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) Council gave the green light to staff to proceed with further review and processing of five out of seven private employee rental housing development applications received in August, with some conditions.
These applications have the potential to add to Whistler’s employee housing inventory, and will continue to follow the standard rezoning process:
RZ1144 – 2077 Garibaldi Way (48 dwelling units)
RZ1146 – 7104 Nancy Greene Drive (47 apartments)
RZ 1147 – 1315 Cloudburst Drive (56 apartments)
RZ 1152 – 2028 Rob Boyd Way (two shared apartments or one dormitory)
RZ 1153 – 8975 Highway 99 (99 apartments and 48 dorm rooms), subject to Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure approval of access from Highway 99
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said, “Kudos to the community for stepping forward with solutions to increase the supply of affordable rental housing for Whistler’s resident workforce on private land. If all these applications move forward with rezoning and development, they will contribute significantly towards our target of creating 1,000 new beds for employees established by the Mayor’s Task Force on Resident Housing.”
Staff have recommended that a public information meeting be scheduled for each application before Council considers first and second reading of applicable zoning amendment bylaws, in addition to the public hearing, which is required for any rezoning application prior to third reading of the bylaw.
Private rental housing development application process
In April, Council endorsed a process and timeline for implementing one of seven recommendations of the Mayor’s Task Force on Resident Housing to allow for development of 550 bed units of resident restricted rental housing on private lands over the next five years (2018–2023). This process was established to allow the concurrent evaluation of prospective developments.
Staff notified interested parties of the process, and nine preliminary zoning amendment applications representing a total of 2,234 bed units were received by the due date of May 31, 2018.
Staff completed a preliminary review of all applications and an interdepartmental referral process, and applicants had an opportunity to revise their applications to better meet the evaluation criteria.
Seven revised applications were received and reviewed using 18 criteria, based on guidelines endorsed by Council and Official Community Plan policies.
About the Mayor’s Task Force on Resident Housing
The Mayor’s Task Force on Resident Housing was a committee of Council established in November 2016 to address the increased demand for resident housing in Whistler. The task force’s primary objective was to identify opportunities for ensuring secure and affordable housing supply for both permanent and seasonal staff through the creation of diverse housing options. Seven recommendations of the task force are now underway to deliver at least 1,000 new resident restricted beds by 2023.
Learn more at www.whistler.ca/housing.