No one came forward Monday night (April 21) to speak against expansion of the Riverside Campground located near Whistler, British Columbia.
Owners propose to add yurts, additional recreational vehicle sites and an eight-building “Scandinave Spa” featuring saunas, solariums and massage service. The number of tenting sites will also be reduced, to 16, according to Pique newsmagazine, Whistler.
The existing campground contains 66 RV sites, 30 tent sites and 14 guest cabins, as well as washroom facilities and an administration building with a restaurant, a games room and employee housing. A putting course is also on the property.
Top issues were the number of tent campsites on the property, how affordable the expanded campground would be and where employees for the new Scandinavian-style day spa will be housed.
The rezoning application was unanimously approved.
During the public hearing, representatives from several Canadian provinces and Woodall’s, which produces the North American Campground Directory, spoke, noting that while the RV market in North America is growing, especially among the Baby Boomer generation, the number of RV sites in British Columbia is diminishing.
Kim Smith from Woodall’s added: “The Riverside RV Resort achieves the highest rating possible and has been consistently committed to maintaining this level. They have also kept their overnight rates at comparable rates.”
The municipality received 13 pieces of correspondence in favor of the application.
The two conditions attached to the rezoning application are: clarify where their employees will be housed and clarify the number and location of tent campsites.