Local Governance for Jumbo

Regional District Votes to Create Mountain Resort Municipality for Jumbo Glacier Resort

August 8, 2009

INVERMERE, BC –On August 7th, 2009, the Regional District of East Kootenay requested again, as it did in 1996, that at the conclusion of the provincial review processes, a local governance structure be formed for the Jumbo Glacier Resort project to implement the approved Master Plan, the Environmental Certificate requirements and the land use decision of the East Kootenay CORE Table (recommendation #75), a public and local land use designation process that was the basis of the following fifteen years of public process.

To propose a rezoning process as a measure of democracy at the conclusion of the nineteen years of process for this project is, to say the least, contradictory. The vote of the RDEK on the August 7th motion was in the direction of real democracy.

The democratic process is slow, but the regional district directors with their vote ensured that it will achieve a fair conclusion. Glacier Resorts Ltd. is pleased that this vote opens the way for a local governance structure that can ensure a successful start of the project, the future certainty of land use promised at the beginning of the process by the East Kootenay CORE Table decision and the necessary confidence in the approval system for the projects that meet democratically established objectives.

Jumbo Glacier Resort will be the premier mountain resort in North America, with year round skiing, in the right climatic zone and at the right elevations to ensure snow without snow making and environmental sustainability in the future.

The Regional District of East Kootenay press release with the full text of the motion is available here: