In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1984. Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: In spring 1984, Ted Nebbeling and Jan Holmberg proposed to open a gourmet restaurant in their home in Alta Vista. The restaurant would contain 40 to 85 seats, depending on which document was looked at. Some people in municipal hall had reservations, partly due to possible congestion and parking issues, and there were concerns about the rezoning of the lot from residential to commercial use. Fire Chief Lindsay Wilson also raised concerns about the building and residents of Alta Vista sent letters and petitions both opposing and supporting the project.
Question: What do you think of the restaurant proposed for Alta Vista?
Jan Simpson – Realtor – Alta Vista
I’m in favour of it. The reason I’m in favour is that it’s a wonderful location. I don’t think the number of seats planned will bring that much traffic to the area. It’ll be a wonderful place to go sit by the lake for an afternoon.
Ron Douglas – Unemployed – Alpine Meadows
The more restaurants in Whistler the better. I don’t think there’s any problem with it being in a subdivision, although they’d have to stick with the regulations. But it is hard to judge it if you don’t live in the area.
Debbie Fedorah – Unemployed – Alpine Meadows
Something geared more to the local crowd is needed, something like a bistro. But if I lived down there I don’t know if I’d think of it that way. Also, I think it’s good to be drawing away from the village. That’s got to happen eventually.