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Public hearing set for Jumbo bylaw

An early morning shot of Jumbo Pass, which is adjacent to the 6,000-hectare Jumbo Glacier mountain resort municipality. Photo by Steve Ogle

An early morning shot of Jumbo Pass, which is adjacent to the 6,000-hectare Jumbo Glacier mountain resort municipality. Photo by Steve Ogle

By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff

The new Jumbo Glacier mountain resort municipality continues to take steps forward.
At the municipality’s third meeting on Tuesday, April 16th, Jumbo’s council appointed four people – including two members-at-large – to its municipal environmental advisory board, scheduled a public hearing for a proposed zoning bylaw in the Farnham part of the municipality and heard from a Jumbo project opponent concerned about the municipality’s financial capacity.
The proposed bylaw – zoning bylaw 0006 – will dictate what can and cannot occur in the Farnham Glacier area.
Jumbo council, which consists of Mayor Greg Deck and councillors Nancy Hugunin and Steve Ostrander, set a public hearing date on the proposed bylaw for Monday, May 13th starting at 9 a.m. at the Radium Hot Springs municipal office.
“It’s an opportunity to hear from anybody who feels his or her interests may be affected,” said Mr. Deck.
Given the intense debate surrounding the proposed ski resort during the past two decades, the Jumbo council anticipates many people may want to make a verbal submission at the hearing and is taking steps to make sure everybody gets a chance to be heard. People can sign up on Friday, May 10th to make a presentation at the hearing. Council will limit verbal submissions to five minutes per person and will keep submissions individual rather than for groups.
“There will be a lot of controversy over Jumbo; I don’t want people to be intimidated (by large groups),” said Mr. Deck.
After participants sign up, Jumbo’s acting chief administrative officer Mark Read will set up a schedule, so that people have a rough idea when they will get their chance to present, without having to to wait around all day.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Brisco resident Jim Galloway appeared as a delegation for the second time at Jumbo’s three council meetings to date. He cited two previous reports (the Iris/Sno Engineering report in March 1999 and the Dr. Marvin Shaffer report in May 2010) while expressing concern that the proposed developments at Jumbo may not ever succeed.
“Because this project will probably fail in its early stages, the province’s taxpayers will be legally left holding the bag,” he said. “The people of B.C. will have to pay for all the restoration work that will be necessary in the Jumbo Valley and up on the glaciers.”
There are strong indications that the proposed Jumbo Glacier resort planners will be unable to find investors and will then need to start the development work on their own, said Mr. Galloway, who suggested the resort promoters should give proof of their financial capability and post cash security deposits before any work is allowed to proceed in the Jumbo area. The council asked Mr. Read to prepare a comprehensive written response addressing Mr. Galloway’s concerns.
The council appointed Mrs. Hugunin as the primary council member and Mr. Ostrander as the alternate on the Jumbo environmental advisory board, along with members-at-large David Reynolds and Rick Kunelius.
Mr. Kunelius is a former senior wildlife warden at Banff National Park who currently does wildlife consulting for ski resorts and heli-ski operators.
Mr. Reynolds will graduate from the University of Calgary this June with a PhD focusing on the effects of climate change on ski resorts in Western Canada from 2020 to 2050.

Steve Hubrecht
Email: steve@columbiavalleypioneer.com
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Reporter Steve Hubrecht arrived in the Columbia Valley after working for newspapers in Fernie, B.C., and Beijing, China. He spends as much time outside as possible – if he's not at the Pioneer and Echo office, he's probably out telemarking or hiking. He grew up in southern Ontario and graduated with an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in 2006.

4 Responses to Public hearing set for Jumbo bylaw

  1. Joseph says:

    To debate the issue of the Jumbo project from a financial view completely negates the greater injustice- the blatant fail of democratic process and representative governance. Governments exist to perform services we command necessary. Governments are not authorities, they are servants. I fear what is to become of BC if this blind race to extinction continues.

    • Jumbowillfly says:

      The usual jiberrish…everything that can be possibly be argued against Jumbo has been argued and found without merit. That doesn’t stop the Greeen Taliban from repeating it over and over, sadly.

  2. Kevin Kvisle says:

    To be able to “privatise” a glacier seems to be perverse in the extreme. This sham of a “municipality” should have been stopped long ago by a responsible provincial government.

    My hats off to all those working to Keep Jumbo Wild, including the musicians who produced songs for the C.D.!

    If there are costs associated with cleaning up the premature development, the provincial government might then have the incentive to stop similiar moves in the future. As a taxpayer, of sorts, and a supporter of Keep Jumbo Wild, I will consider it a victory to shoulder those clean up costs.

    • david R Pacey says:

      Jim in his enthusiasm to stop this long delayed project has missed a very salient portion of free enterprise system in North America I believe.
      When a company goes broke, and I don’t believe that will be the case here, but when a company goes broke, Jim gets the opportunity to purchase the company at $0.50 on the dollar invested and do what he choose with the area. When Jim goes broke, I get to purchase his failed company at $ 0.50 on his dollar invested. So now I would have an investment of $ 0.25 where the original failed investment was $ 1.00. And I succeed !!!!!
      The government does nothing in regards to clean up of something that is not dirty in the first place. I as the new owner at a $ 0.25 investment expand and improve on the infrastructure and employment for the area.
      As to his other misconception, the glaciers are not being privatized in the least. That is a fear mongering tactic that the “Save Jumbo ” crew schuffled into the debate discussions years ago. There is a license being issued, yes Jim, it is not exclusive as RK Helicopter has learned through their legal process. Just because a license to use an area is issued does not make for “privatization” nor does it necessarily make it exclusive. It makes for the license to use for a period of time to a person or company. There are restrictions and there are covenants.
      As examples of all of the above see: Panorama Mountain, See Kicking Horse Mtn, or RK Helicopters or any other helicopter company operating in B C as examples of hundreds of licenses of the back country within BC that are NOT privatization but rather licence to rent the area.
      Sorry Jim, but please don’t try using those tactics any longer. The fear factor is gone.

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