Whistler’s Answers: March 3, 1983

In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer).  Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1983.  Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.

Some context for this week’s question: In February 1983, the council began reviewing policy guidelines for the construction and operation of pensions (the kind in which visitors stay, not the kind paid out after retirement) within Whistler. Among the concerns presented were the impact pensions could have on residential neighbourhoods, such as increased traffic and noise and the possibility of disturbances from commercial bars and restaurants that could be permitted within pensions. The proposed guidelines attempted to address these and other concerns but the debate on pensions continued through the spring.

Question: What do you think pensions would do for Whistler?

Rod Harman – Sheet Metal Contractor – Alpine Meadows

I think they’re a great idea for Whistler because it could become known as an affordable place to stay. A few guidelines should be laid down though like ensuring that neighbours are consulted before approval for a pension is given. I definitely don’t think they should be licenced. They should be non-drinking establishments set up to provide accommodation and maybe a meal.

Ruth Peterson – Housewife – Whistler Cay

I think they would be a great asset to Whistler if they are set up in the European context – that is as small family operations. Keeping them small takes away any parking problem and would not affect the property value. By no means should they have licenced bars as they would create noise and traffic. I also believe the neighbours within, say, 500 feet should be consulted before approval is given as well.

Mike Lindsay – Contractor – Alpine Meadows

It’s such a popular form of accommodation that I think it will pop up all over illegally if proper allowance isn’t made soon. It would be a really good thing for this town, but they’d need strict rules about size. Liquor could be a problem too. Perhaps a renewable liquor licence would be a good idea as a method of keeping tabs on each operation.

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