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May 9, 2017, 2:33 pm

Land Use Planning MOU Signed Between Whistler and Partners

Resort Municipality of Whistler

WHISTLER - The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of British Columbia, Lil’wat Nation, Squamish Nation and Whistler Blackcomb, which sets out a process for further work to explore interests related to land use and planning in Whistler as identified in the MOU. The MOU was part of the April 25, 2017 Council package.

The MOU—along with the February 2017 signing of the updated the Whistler Blackcomb Master Development Agreement and Master Plans by the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations, the Government of British Columbia and Whistler Blackcomb—sets the stage for continued engagement amongst the partners.

The MOU recognizes the need to work toward resolution of the approval of Whistler’s updated Official Community Plan. The conclusion of the Whistler Blackcomb agreements and signing of the MOU are each steps toward our continued collective success.

“This demonstrates the commitment and partnership of all parties to work toward shared interests and community priorities. As we move forward exploring these shared interests, the RMOW is committed to ongoing community engagement, consideration and consultation,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.

The MOU outlines a number of key interests of the parties for exploration include the transfer of a Kadenwood Lands parcel for Emerald Lands currently held by the First Nations, other development considerations, a long-term tax exemption for the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and steps to finalize Whistler’s Official Community Plan.

RMOW has collaborated with the Lil’wat and Squamish Nations over the years and wishes to build on that relationship. One of the more significant recent partnerships was the success of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games which celebrated First Nations’ culture and Whistler’s mountain culture through a variety of forums and venues. The Legacy Agreement was also an important outcome of the 2010 Games and provided First Nations with an increased presence and opportunities in Whistler. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre has become a central point of cultural celebration in Whistler, and an important contributor to the tourism economy. The raising of two Welcoming Figures in the Village is a further symbol of our shared desire to live and succeed together. The RMOW also has a strong partnership with the Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation in the management of the Cheakamus Community Forest.

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