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Regional District Sets New Zoning for Valemount Glacier Resort

Friday, August 19, 2016 @ 6:00 AM


Prince George, B.C.-  The Valemount Glacier Destination Project  is close to clearing  one more hurdle.  The Regional District of Fraser Fort  George has approved  3Rd  reading of changes to the Official Community Plan and rezoning for the  project.

The  project  has just received  approval from the Provincial Government  (see previous  story) and  now  waits for a  land use agreement to be  developed.

The project calls for the development of a  2000 bed -unit resort village,  year round glacier skiing,  and gondola access for alpine sightseeing.

The Regional District is in the process ofl designating the  subject area as  “Resort Commercial” area,  and has established five  zones within that designation.

  • Valemount Residential 1 permits residential single family homes with the bed and  breakfast or tourist accommodation as secondary uses
  • Valemount Residential 2 allows residential two family and residential multi-family buildings.  The multi family buildings would be primarily for employee housing and may include limited retail or food establishment uses, but not  tourist accomodation
  • Village Commercial 1  is for the main village core consisting o the resourt services, commercial uses and overnight accommodation,  inlduing day lodges, hotels and multi-family residential buildings with tourist  accomodation
  • Alpine Recreation 1 includes the remainder of the subject area outside of the village core and residential areas. allows, mountain top restaurants, ski facilities and other outdoor recreation uses
  • General Permitted uses, includes maintenance facilities, parking lots, open space parks, signs, utility installations and ski facilities.

The  development is located west of Valemount in the Premier Range  of the mountains.  Valemount Mayor Jeannette Townsend is thrilled and   is  confident the project has  the right financial backing to move forward “They have investors from Toronto, two well know investors who  are in Toronto in the development and real estate business and they have  committed to investing.”

She says the development of the master agreement with the Province could take  up to 3 months to  complete  and construction could start soon after “They are hoping to get started in the spring, and they  are hoping to be skiing next Christmas (2017)  They  might not have  accommodation ready by then, but they want to have the ski run and gondola in place.”

The project is very important to the community of Valemount and the Robson Valley says Mayor Townsend “It’s going to mean positive economic well being for the community. I don’t see  thousands of people moving to Valemount as some people are saying, maybe a couple of hundred,   and you know what, for a community the size of Valemount, eleven hundred and some people, that’s   quite a difference.  Every  family means having one or two more children in school,  and it will  eventually require another teacher, which will   mean another bank employee, another grocery store employee because there’s a spin off.”

She says the construction of the  various components of the project will mean more jobs,  and once the site is operational, there will be  more employment  for  those working  at the  resort.

“I see benefits for the entire Province because it will attract tourists from around the world.”

The Regional District is expected to give the OCP and zoning changes final approval at its September Board meeting.


Why bother, according to the greenies the glacier will be gone in a few years.

    by “greenies” do you mean scientists, historical facts and common sense? These northern glaciers will be fine for awhile, but look to the south around Banff, Columbia glacier, and all of Glacier National Park in Montana. Pretty evident, no matter what your opinion is.

      Ya you are right glaciers have been melting since the last glacial event.

Snowmobiling provides a lot of revenue for that town, you don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you and find out the skiers aren’t coming or those that do come are not spending the money you thought they would.

Great news for PG skiers. I doubt the resort will ever meet its full potential. Successful resorts are almost always within 3 hours of a major hub. But even if the first phase of the master plan is completed, it’ll be awesome. I’ve cat skied in Valemount, good stuff.

Whistler sold out to a US company and they are expecting to make skiing more affordable by cutting the rates in half so this might not be a very sound investment. Who do they have for investors? IMO I think this is all pre election talk.

    They have some people with deep pockets. This has been in the works for awhile. The same people who attempted the failed Jumbo Glacier Resort, and the same group that bought the local hill in Golden(Whitetooth?) and turned it into the world renowned Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. I’m cautiously optimistic this will fly.

So again Mayor Townsend who are these investors? Is it possible that Bill G and Jimmy P have moved to Toronto. Funny that they are going to have a ski hill up and running by the end of 2017 and it takes 2 yrs.to install a bridge north of PG.


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