Earlier this month, we reported most of the key recommendations in Whistler's community wildfire protection plan remain incomplete. Among them: reviewing and revising the resort municipality's existing bylaws so new buildings are constructed using standards that make them less vulnerable to forest fires. Whistler's fire chief Rob Whitton has said that hasn't happened because the province is responsible for buildings standards. And it's "near impossible" to win approval from the government for bylaws that go beyond those standards. But, in an interview with Public Eye, Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman said, "I don't think we make it hard for them," adding that Whistler hasn't contacted him about any such measures.
September 15, 2009