LETTER: Owners clarify heli-ski lodge plans

Owners of proposed heli-ski lodge near Revelstoke Mountain Resort seek to clarify aspects of their proposal.

Editor,

Re: Heli-ski lodge proposed for South Revelstoke area, from the July 22 issue of the Review.

While our family appreciates your article about our aspirations to create a small ski lodge in the CSRD we would like to clear up issues you have written.

First, we are not aware of any bylaw enforcement complaint related to our property — ever.

We initiated an application to the CSRD for the rezoning and OCP amendment in April. We will explain the reasons for our apparent “after the fact” quandary at our public information meeting 7 p.m., August 5 at the community centre. This is not the public hearing as you stated in your article, but rather an informal opportunity for folks to attend and hear us out — ask questions, get answers!

You state that we are on the Thomas Brook water system. We have actually drilled our own deep well and have excellent water. That said, we recognize the infrastructure deficiencies in the neighbourhood and we will continue to advocate for – and work with – local authorities and agencies and collaborate further with area residents to expedite provision of the critical improvements to the area’s sewer and especially water so we can all hook up as soon as possible.

We are aware that increased traffic is a concern.  To address this we will shuttle all clients to the lodge — no patrons will drive.

Finally while you refer to it as a “heli-ski lodge,” heli-skiing would only be an ancillary possibility. All going well, heli-skiing would be just one opportunity of many offered to our potential guests.

Thank you for the opportunity to explain these important issues.

Christian Hansford,

Manager

Hansford Land Corporation