The Effects of Amenity Migration on the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Its Surrounding Environs (Report) - Environments

Title: The Effects of Amenity Migration on the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Its Surrounding Environs (Report)

Author: Environments

Date: 2009-08-01

The Effects of Amenity Migration on the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Its Surrounding Environs (Report) - Environments

Abstract This article examines the effects of amenity migration and residential tourism development with a focus on planning strategies through a case study of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, BC and environs. The study was conducted in 2005/6 and involved interviews with sixteen informants including local politicians, developers, planners, academic experts and First Nations. Interviewees revealed varying degrees of familiarity with the concept of amenity migration and considerable knowledge of the associated economic, social and environmental consequences. Although noteworthy planning measures have been adopted, none directly incorporated the concept of amenity migration. Despite winning "liveability" awards, Whistler struggles with numerous negative effects of amenity migration such as affordable housing, "dark" neighbourhoods, retention of a labour force and environmental degradation associated with growth. The 2010 Winter Olympics may further challenge the viability of a "resort community." Implications for planners in mountain resort communities are identified.