Do you forsee any problems with the sign off? Haven't they been waiting for approval for a few years now? Has the Whistler area first nation historically been receptive to changes to the ski area or have they been resistant?
probably 1-2 years is what the rumour mill about town is saying…It's not that FN has or hasn't been receptive, it's that they feel they haven't (they're right) actually really ever been adequately consulted and/or received benefits from the resort, so this is also about that too. Plus the RMOW needs FN sign off on their Official Community Plan which was quashed by the BC Supreme Court a few years ago because of, you guessed it, lack of adequate FN consultation. RMOW is likely only getting that FN support with bed unit allocation for new FN developments in the resort. It's a big interconnected mess right now. I would imagine with this big media push that they're well into substantial negotiations with the two FN's and that they see some light coming at the end of the tunnel, up until this recent push most people were under the impression that it was all pretty much at an impasse.