The comment period and open house for the Garibaldi at Squamish (GAS) proposal are taking place during the busy holiday season.
The environmental assessment process for the GAS all-season resort proposal, which would include some 22,000 bed units of housing and accommodation centred on Brohm Ridge, was put on hold in June 2010 pending receipt of more information. That process has been re-started and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has set a 30-day comment period from Dec. 8 to Jan. 7.
An open house is planned Dec. 18 from noon to 8 p.m. at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.
Last month Wolfgang Richter, who his heading up the GAS team, told The Chief that GAS officials are just wrapping up the master planning process for the resort, which would include 23 ski lifts on 124 runs as well as two golf courses, hotels and commercial amenities.
Earlier, Richter told The Chief that once environmental certification is secured, GAS would ask the District of Squamish to expand its boundaries to include the GAS development area. GAS officials have targeted 2016 or 2017 as a construction target date.
A project description and comment form are to be available starting on Sunday (Dec. 8) at www.eao.gov.bc.ca. Comments may also be submitted by fax to (250) 356-6448 or by mail to Chris Hamilton, Executive Project Director, Environmental Assessment Office, P.O. Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9V1