Housing – Rental & Affordable Single Family
- Priority one should be to restructure the Whistler Development Company (WDC). The resignation of the entire WDC board resulted in the loss of a brain trust that had been the driving force behind Cheakamus Crossing and their expertise had been provided over many years at no charge to the community. Currently no clear plan exists on how their expertise will be replaced and more importantly at what cost.
- Formulate a short term plan (the next 10 years) and a longer term plan (20 years) on how to best move forward on both housing components – rental and affordable single family market housing.
- Cheakamus Crossing – Continue with the next phase and complete plans, zoning and approvals for the build out of Cheakamus Crossing including single family market price housing.
- Private development of rental housing should be pursued however not at the expense of negatively impacting existing neighbourhoods. One of the original rezoning application’s had asked for over a 3000% increase in bed units on a currently zoned single family lot. If this application (currently under review) had been approved it would have had a significant negative impact to the entire neighbourhood.
- Discuss with Vail Resorts / Whistler Blackcomb the plans they have with regard to providing additional staff housing and work with them to fast track any such plans.
- Business owners who wish to build rental housing to help resolve the rental crisis for their employee’s should be encouraged and fast tracked through the system.
- To a degree we are the victim of our own success. This success sends a considerable amount of money (1.5 million) each day down the road to senior levels of government. The capital cost of delivering housing is significant and an essential component to our ongoing success. Do the Feds and /or the Province have a program in place that would help with the capital costs? If no program is available is it worthy of discussion and formulating a plan for presentation?
The complexities surrounding rental and affordable single family housing are significant however if solutions are not found and implemented we will continue to lose community members, have difficulty attracting young families and economic development will be stymied.
The one quick fix available is for the Bylaw Department to continue and if possible accelerate the enforcement of “non zoned illegal” nightly rentals such as Airbnb.