Timeline of Jumbo Glacier Resort



1982 A regional tourism study jointly funded by the provincial and federal governments identifies the Upper Jumbo Valley as an ideal area for an international-scale destination ski resort.

1990 Pheidias Project Management Corp., a company headed by renown ski resort designer Oberto Oberti, discusses the idea of a year-round ski resort in the Upper Jumbo Valley with the B.C. Ministry of Lands and Parks.

1991 Pheidias, on behalf of a consortium of investors called Glacier Resorts Ltd., formally submits a proposal for the resort to provincial government under the Commercial Alpine Skiing Policy (CASP) process. Over the next several years local residents express strong opinions and form groups both in opposition to and in support of the project. Campaigns for and against the resort continue from then up until the present, with both sides of the debate claiming the support of the majority of valley residents

1993 The provincial government makes a proposal call and selects Glacier Resorts Ltd. as the sole proponent for the project and signs interim agreement with the company. CASP process for Jumbo is put on hold while the Commission on Resources and the Environment (CORE) process (which was initiated in 1992 and includes a specific land use decision on the Upper Jumbo Valley) is conducted.

1994 The East Kootenay CORE table wraps up its review process. The CORE table debates whether the Upper Jumbo Valley and Upper Horsethief Creek area should be designated as an integrated management area (which would generally allow for commercial developments such as ski resorts) or a special management area (which would generally not allow for commercial developments such as ski resorts). In the end the area was designated as a special management area, but with provision for the proposed resort, subject to a review under the then-pending provincial Environmental Assessment Act.

1995 B.C. Environment, Lands and Park minister Moe Sihota announces approval of the East Kootenay Land Use Plan (which resulted from the CORE process and endorses the continuation of provincial consideration of the proposed resort, consideration which was put on hold while the CORE process was ongoing. The project proponents then begins an environmental assessment review, conducted by the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO).

1996 The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors votes unanimously to adopt a resolution requesting the province designate the Upper Jumbo Valley as a mountain resort municipality.

2004 EAO review of the project concludes and the provincial government on October 12th grants Glacier Resorts Ltd. an environmental assessment certificate for a five-year period. The certificate contains a provision that proponents must get zoning and other necessary approvals from the RDEK prior to starting construction.

2005 The RDEK board of directors votes narrowly (exact numbers unavailable) to rescind its 1996 resolution requesting the province create a mountain resort municipality in the Jumbo area.

– Invermere-based RK Heliski launches a legal petition for a judicial review of the province’s decision to grant the environmental assessment certificate, alleging that the proposed resort’s negative impact its businesses were not properly considered. After a four-day hearing, the B.C. Supreme Court dismisses the case.

2006 The RDEK board of directors vote 13-2 against a motion by Sparwood mayor David Wilks to again request the province create a special municipality in the Upper Jumbo Valley

2007 RK Heliski’s appeal of the 2005 ruling on its petition for judicial review is dismissed by the B.C. Court of Appeals.

– The provincial government formally approves the Master Plan for Jumbo Glacier Resort

2008 Anti-Jumbo protestor blockade efforts by Glacier Resort Ltd. to construct a new road to the Farnham Glacier and a temporary platter lift on it.

– Resort proponents complete Impact and Benefits Agreement with local Shuswap Indian Band

– A random digit dial telephone survey of 910 Kootenay residents conducted by independent company McAllister Opinion Research finds 63 per cent of respondents opposed to the proposed Jumbo resort, 19 per cent in favour, seven per cent neutral and 11 per cent with no opinion. Critics slam the survey for being partly commissioned by East Kootenay environmental group Wildsight and for being too small a sample size. McAllister maintains Wildisght did not influence the survey results and said the sample size was scientifically sound.

2009 The provincial government extends the proponent’s environmental assessment certificate for a further and final five-year period, leaving an October 12th, 2014 final deadline for the start of substantial construction on the project.

– The RDEK board of directors votes 8-7 in favour of another motion by Sparwood mayor David Wilks requesting the province to designate the proposed resort area as a mountain resort municipality.

2012 B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson sign a Master Development Agreement for the project with Glacier Resorts Ltd.

– The RDEK board of directors votes 8-7 against a motion by Area G director Gerry Wilkie to rescind its 2009 resolution asking the province to designate Jumbo Valley as mountain resort municipality.

-Following amendment made to the provincial Local Government Act, B.C. Community Development Minister Bill Bennett formally announces the creation and incorporation of Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality and appoints Greg Deck as mayor along with two councillors.

-Local Ktunaxa First Nation launches lawsuit against the province, petitioning for a judicial review of the government’s decision to sign the Master Development Agreement, alleging that the Ktunaxa were not properly consulted and that the resort would infringe on territory they hold sacred.

2013 West Kootenay Ecosociety launches legal case, filing a petition for judicial review of the government’s decision to incorporate Jumbo, just a day before the first Jumbo council meeting.

– Jumbo municipality begins holding regular council meetings and after a few months, passes its first zoning bylaw, which allows for construction in the Farnham Glacier part of the resort.

– Anti-Jumbo protest takes on a new tone, literally, as local Jumbo opponents with musical aptitude volunteer to be part of an orchestra art installation on the Farnham Glacier.

– Other anti-Jumbo protesters set up watchdog camp on the access road to Farnham. Developers attempting to conduct soil testing allege campers are blockading them and seek injunction in court. The injunction is shelved indefinitely, with the end result that protesters can remain camped on the road and developers can access the Farnham Glacier unimpeded.

2014 The B.C. Supreme Court dismisses the Ktunaxa Nation’s 2012 petition for judicial review. Ktunaxa announce plans to appeal the decision.

– Jumbo municipality passes zoning bylaw allowing for construction in Upper Jumbo Valley part of the resort

– In late September and early October heavy machinery and trucks roll into the Upper Jumbo Valley, workers pours foundations for a day lodge and a service building, and do clearing for a ski lift line, ahead of the October 12th substantial start deadline

2015 EAO determines that the foundations are partially within an avalanche hazard zone and consequently not compliant with the project’s environmental assessment certificate

– Ktunaxa appeal of the 2014 ruling on its case is heard in court. Decisions expected to take several months.

-B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak rules that Glacier Resorts Ltd. did not achieve the required substantial start, that consequently the project’s environmental assessment certificate has expired, and that a new certificate will be needed for the project to continue

-new Shuswap Indian Band chief Barb Cote announces Shuswap band members will vote to decide whether or not to continue the band’s support of Jumbo resort

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