6. Big White Ski Resort – Proposed Master Plan Update & MDA Replacement
What is this engagement about?
The Mountain Resorts Branch (MRB) of the Ministry of Forests, Land, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has received a draft Resort Master Plan update and an application for replacement of the existing Master Development Agreement (MDA) from Big White Ski Resort Ltd.
The Master Plan is the conceptual plan for the resort, identifying the vision and phased development plans to build-out. The Master Plan is the reference point from which the MDA and all other authorizations are based. Big White Ski Resort is currently operating under an approved Master Plan (1999) and Master Plan Addendum (2018). The MDA is the contractual agreement between the Province and Big White that sets out the terms and conditions for resort development, including the right to acquire authorizations for recreational infrastructure on Crown land. Big White’s existing MDA was issued in November 1989 for a term of 50 years.
Following review and consultation, the draft Resort Master Plan update and the application to replace the MDA may be approved by the Province. If approved, the new All-Seasons Resort MDA would expire 60 years from the date of approval and sign off by the Province.
The public information session is to be posted here:
Public comments will be accepted until February 26, 2021.
Ways to Participate:
- Public comments can be submitted electronically using the Applications, Comments and Reasons for Decisions website by searching for Crown Land Number 3400274
- Comments can also be mailed to:
Mountain Resorts Branch Attention: Amber McAfee, Land Officer
510-175 Second Avenue Kamloops, BC V2C 5W1
How will my contribution make a difference?
An issues tracking spreadsheet will be maintained by MRB throughout the Master Plan review process. This is a living document that will be used to track questions or concerns received from agencies, stakeholders, First Nations and the public throughout the review period. The issues tracking spreadsheet will be shared with Big White and updates will be made to the draft Master Plan to mitigate the identified issues; if needed, specific conditions or commitments may also be included within the legal framework of the MDA. Provided that the issues have been resolved, the Master Plan will be finalized for acceptance by MRB and the statutory decision maker will determine whether the MDA application should be approved.
Details of the Engagement:Date: December 23, 2020 to February 26, 2021
Category: Recreation & Parks
Types: Online, Email