Regional District Reaffirms Request to the Province to Create Mountain Resort Municipality for Jumbo Glacier Resort
June 8, 2012
INVERMERE BC – The Regional District of East Kootenay voted today to uphold its 2009 request to create a mountain resort municipality for Jumbo Glacier Resort. This is the third time the RDEK has voted in favour of the creation of a mountain resort municipality for Jumbo Glacier Resort.
Despite intense lobbying from project opponents, and the presence of six new Board members since the 2009 resolution, a motion to request further consultations from the Province with the Union of BC Municipalities, First Nations and the RDEK was rejected 8-7.
This project has undergone 22 years of comprehensive public consultations – more than all the other new B.C. ski resort proposals combined
“The Regional District’s reasoned response is welcome. This project has undergone 22 years of comprehensive public consultations – more than all the other new B.C. ski resort proposals combined. To continue on this track indefinitely would further the injustice done to project proponents and supporters,” said Grant Costello, Senior Vice-President of Glacier Resorts Ltd.
“We expect the Province to fulfil its obligations in the near future,” said Costello. “The resort municipality will allow the project to proceed to permitting and construction and we hope to work together with local contractors and First Nations to create the most unique ski and mountain sightseeing destination in North America.”
Jumbo Glacier Resort was defined as a project that is “in the broad public interest” by the Environmental Assessment Office. The project received final approval of its Master Development Agreement on March 20, 2012.
Jumbo Mountain and its glaciers will offer the first year round skiing and high-alpine glacier sightseeing destination in North America. It will have the highest mountain access by electric lift in Canada, and will develop into a sustainable international tourism sightseeing destination to complement the best of Banff and Kootenay National Parks. Residents in the mountain communities in the Columbia Valley will benefit from a resort that will attract mountain lovers of the world.
The designers of the resort have participated in an unprecedented review process and an extensive local review that began with the East Kootenay land use determinations in the early 1990s and continued through the Environmental Assessment Act review and the Master Plan approval processes. They have sought to create a project that is compatible with the needs of the natural ecology, of the people who live in the area, and of the expectations of the destination skiing and sightseeing market.
Glacier Resorts Ltd.