Valemount On the Way to Satellite Expansion
Valemount, B.C. – With the Valemount Glacier Destinations Resort moving forward, the Village of Valemount is taking steps towards bringing that resort into its boundaries.
The Village of Valemount is partnering with the Regional District of Fraser Fort George as it moves through the Governance and Boundary Extension Process.
Mayor Jeannette Townsend says the expansion is limited to the site of the resort development “It will be a satellite boundary expansion.”
Eventually, the project will mean more tax dollars for the Village of Valemount, but Mayor Townsend says it is the developer who will have to cover all the costs of the infrastructure ” The design, the development etcetera, it cannot be a burden at all to the existing taxpayers.” She says as a satellite of Valemount, it means the developer will have to adhere to all of Valemount’s by-laws “There will be provincial regulations as well. I know the master plan has been approved, so to me, that means the Provincial engineers will be overlooking the plans and how the infrastructure will be developed.”
After a satellite expansion has eventually been approved, Mayor Townsend says the Village will be responsible for the maintenance of the resort’s infrastructure, including an independent sewer system that will not be connected to the Village’s system “It’s( the resort) about 8 kilometers away, so this is why it’s a boundary expansion, that way, they can look after their business, they can look after the resort and the Village will probably have to hire several extra public works staff to look after it ( maintenance) but that’s a service that will be paid for just like it is in town.”
The first step in the boundary expansion process will see a study done to determine general benefits, risks and responsibilities as well as costs associated with different boundary extension configurations and potential impacts the resort may have on the community.