Village of Pemberton launches comprehensive planning study for Hillside neighbourhood

July 2, 2023 – Coordinated consideration of three separate development proposals should paint clearer picture of ‘how this whole area is going to come together,’ says VOP staff

Long-awaited plans to expand Pemberton’s Hillside neighbourhood are gaining traction, but three separate residential developments proposed for the area still face a long, winding road before developers can break ground.

At a Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on June 20, Village of Pemberton (VOP) mayor and council directed municipal staff to proceed with an accelerated, comprehensive and holistic neighbourhood planning process for the parcels of land surrounding Spud Valley’s existing Sunstone development, adjacent to Den Duyf Park.

In a presentation to the committee, VOP manager of development services Scott McRae identified three “substantial” development applications currently in the works for Hillside.

The municipality has already received applications for the Parkside development, which proposes a new subdivision of 34 single-family residential lots and one commercial lot at 7362 Pemberton Farm Road East; and for Redwoods, where developers are seeking council’s approval to build 134 townhouse units at 7374 Pemberton Farm Road East. The Village also expects to see an application for Sunstone Phase 4 “imminently,” McRae said.

Despite the fact all three developers are at different stages of the application process, it makes sense to review their proposals in a coordinated manner, McRae explained, especially considering all three require amendments to Pemberton’s Official Community Plan (OCP) in order to move forward. “Some of the applications have been with us for some time and other applications we’re still waiting for, but we see an opportunity in moving them all together at the same time, and … addressing these issues all at once rather than three times individually,” he said.

Surveying of the Hillside lands began in the mid-2000s, shortly before the south-facing terrain five kilometres east of downtown Pemberton became the subject of an agreement between private developers and the Lil’wat Nation, on whose unceded territory the land sits. A boundary expansion brought Hillside into the VOP’s fold—and its newly-adopted OCP—in 2011, earmarking the site for future community growth.

That was years before Pemberton’s population started skyrocketing. A recent housing needs report projected the VOP could count 5,295 residents by 2028, if the trend that saw Pemberton’s population rise 32 per cent in just five years—reaching 3,407 as of 2021 from 2,574 in 2016—continues. To accommodate all of those new residents, the report found Pemberton would require 847 new dwellings within the next five years.

But despite well-established demand for housing across the Sea to Sky corridor and extensive studies into Hillside’s development potential over the last two decades, a brief mention of Hillside land use designations in Pemberton’s OCP fails to lay out the specific policies or guidelines municipal officials typically consult when regulating development.

“The general approach of this Hillside Planning Study, which is what we’re calling it tentatively, essentially is going to build on the history that has been presented and is available, take that history and consolidate it into one place, and then look through it and identify areas where [the information] needs to be updated,” McRae explained.

The study aims to inform a policy framework, development permit area guidelines, and, ultimately, a draft neighbourhood plan that would be subject to community consultation before the VOP proceeds with any OCP or rezoning bylaw amendments for Hillside. Meanwhile, the VOP is currently in the midst of a two-year-long OCP Review slated to wrap up in January.

“Staff feel that this is an opportunity to really get a good sense of what is happening on Hillside; looking at each of these applications and then looking at how they will interact as a whole on the Hillside,” McRae explained. “By undertaking this planning study, we’ll have the opportunity to give council a better sense of how this whole area is going to come together.”

The impetus for a comprehensive Hillside Planning Study was a discussion at Pemberton’s April 25 COW meeting, following staff’s report about the proposed Parkside subdivision.

“What I’m concerned about is that if we [build] a bit here, a bit here, and a bit there, the importance of greenspace and community gardens and all of those things, aren’t—as a whole entire concept and vision—being incorporated,” Coun. Katrina Nightingale expressed at the time.

She added: “I’m pulling back and I’m looking to the future and I’m imagining that whole space, and I feel uncomfortable looking at a tiny piece, not knowing what the entire vision is.”

Planner Colin Brown acknowledged the importance of “getting it right,” as Nightingale phrased it, but said widening the scope to focus on the entire Hillside neighbourhood rather than individual developments would create a significantly larger project.

“To bring in a new framework for everyone is something that, if council chose to go that route, is certainly something we can explore, but it’s by no means a small or simple process,” he explained in April.

Last month, VOP councillors directed staff at municipal hall to review possible non-residential land uses for the entire Hillside area, and return to the council table with a clearer picture of how proposed developments could integrate greenspace, commercial developments, recreation assets and other community amenities.

“[The] committee expressed some thoughts around this in the last couple of meetings and I appreciate staff’s response to those concerns in bringing this report forward,” noted Pemberton Mayor Mike Richman following McRae’s June 20 presentation. “I think it reflects what council was grappling with.”

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New École La Vallée will strengthen francophone community in Pemberton

Francophone families in Pemberton will have a new school for K-12 students and a permanent home for École La Vallée to support existing and forecast enrolment growth.

“Pemberton has a thriving francophone community that will benefit from a permanent new school closer to families who need it,” said Rachna Singh, Minister of Education. “With funding now in place, we can start developing a modern school that francophone students and their families have been waiting for.”

École La Vallée will offer education in French for students from kindergarten to Grade 12 with its own dedicated school. The school will create 220 new student seats, with the flexibility to add as many 150 new seats in the future.

The project will also include a neighbourhood learning centre, which will primarily be used for French-language child care while providing a convenient dropoff location for parents who also have school-aged children. Additionally, the school district has planned a number of community spaces which will help bring francophone families together for recreational classes and events.

“Child care on school grounds makes life easier for families as it provides parents with peace of mind through one drop-off and pick-up location,” said Grace Lore, Minister of State for Child Care. “Our government is prioritizing child care as we build new schools, and I know a child care centre offering care for francophone children will be a welcome addition to this project.”

In keeping with the Province’s CleanBC emissions-reduction goals, the school will include hybrid mass-timber construction, as part of the Province’s Mass Timber Action Plan. These innovative low-carbon building materials will help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions throughout the building’s lifetime.

“The Conseil scolaire francophone (CSF) is proud to announce that we have received government approval for the construction of a new school in Pemberton,” said Marie-Pierre Lavoie, board chair, CSF. “This is excellent news for students at École La Vallée and the region’s francophone community. In just a few years, students from kindergarten through high school will finally have a new school to attend. We would like to thank the Government of British Columbia and all our partners for their commitment to making this project a reality.”

Since September 2017, the Province has provided the CSF with more than $58.9 million for site purchases in Burnaby, Kamloops, Penticton, Victoria, Pemberton and Smithers, as well as more than $23.7 million for École Beausoleil in Victoria, La Grande-ourse in Smithers and a new gymnasium addition at École des-Deux-Rives in Mission. The Province also provided funding to help CSF establish a capital project office to more efficiently co-ordinate and deliver capital projects for francophone students and their families throughout B.C.

Since September 2017, the Government of B.C. has also announced 24,000 new student spaces and 35,000 seismically safer seats. This is thanks to almost $3.9 billion the Province has provided for new and improved schools, as well as land purchases for future schools throughout the province.

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2024 Events

Lots of events happening in the Whistler and Pemberton areas all year long. Keep checking back for updates.

APRIL

April 13 – Dakota Pearl at Sunstone Golf Club

April 18-24 – Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival

April 24 – Pemberton Enduro 2024

MAY

May 4 – Members Only Party at Sunstone Golf Club

May 11 – The Spud Crusher Women’s Enduro

May 25 – Nearly Neal at Sunstone Golf Club

May 31-Jun 2 – Whistler Half Marathon

Pemberton Barn Dance Success

YA Pemberton! Thank you to everyone who attended the Pemberton Barn Dance.

Sunstone was proud to support the Pemberton Lions Club and Rotary Club of Pemberton as the title sponsor in hosting this highly anticipated and legendary community fundraiser. Appreciation goes out to local bands – The Courageous Mountain Rangers, The Big Love Band, and Dakota Pearl – along with the other sponsors, vendors, and, most importantly, the dedicated organizers who make this annual event such a success. Looking forward to more music and dancing next year!

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Pemberton

Embrace Tranquility and Adventure: Top 10 Reasons to Move to Pemberton

Nestled in the heart of the stunning Sea-to-Sky Corridor, Pemberton, British Columbia, is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and a tight-knit community. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or an active lifestyle, Pemberton has something for everyone. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should consider making the move to Pemberton:

1. Breathtaking Natural Beauty: Prepare to be awestruck by Pemberton’s jaw-dropping landscapes. With the iconic Mount Currie towering in the background, lush farmlands, tranquil lakes, and pristine forests surround the town, providing a picturesque backdrop for everyday life.

2. Outdoor Wonderland: Pemberton is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking and mountain biking to skiing and snowboarding, the region offers a plethora of activities for all seasons. The nearby Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is a hiker’s dream, boasting turquoise lakes and awe-inspiring alpine scenery.

3. World-Class Skiing: Just a short drive away, Whistler Blackcomb beckons with its renowned ski slopes. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a snowboarding novice, the world-class resort offers endless winter fun.

4. Thriving Agriculture: Pemberton’s fertile soil and favorable climate create a haven for agriculture. Local farmers cultivate a wide variety of organic produce, from vegetables and fruits to honey and lavender. The Pemberton Farmers’ Market is a must-visit for fresh, locally-grown delights.

5. Sense of Community: Despite its natural beauty, Pemberton’s true charm lies in its people. The warm and welcoming community fosters a sense of belonging, making it easy to form lasting friendships and connections.

6. Arts and Culture: Despite its small size, Pemberton boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene. From art galleries and live music to community events, there’s always something creative happening.

7. Sustainable Living: If you’re passionate about eco-friendly living, you’ll find like-minded individuals in Pemberton. The community values sustainability and strives to reduce its environmental footprint.

8. Peaceful Retreat: Tired of the hustle and bustle of city life? Pemberton offers a peaceful retreat from the noise and stress, allowing you to unwind and enjoy a slower pace of life.

9. Strong Economy: Pemberton isn’t just about leisure; it’s a place of opportunity. With a growing economy driven by tourism, agriculture, and small businesses, there are various avenues to explore for personal and professional growth.

10. Proximity to Vancouver: While Pemberton offers a tranquil escape, it’s still conveniently close to the vibrant city of Vancouver. A scenic drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway connects you to the urban amenities and cultural experiences of the city.

Pemberton, British Columbia, is a place where nature’s beauty converges with a tight-knit community, offering a unique lifestyle that balances adventure and tranquility. Whether you’re drawn to outdoor escapades, artistic endeavors, or a sense of belonging, Pemberton has it all. If you’re considering a move, this picturesque town might just be the perfect place to call home.

Pemberton Barn Dance

Mark your calendars, for the 2023 Pemberton Barn Dance on Saturday, September 16, 2023.

Brought to you by The Pemberton Lions Club and Rotary Club of Pemberton and proudly supported by Sunstone Pemberton this year’s fundraiser will showcase THREE local bands with music from 7:15pm to 12:30am, Beer Vendors, Photo Booth, and more.

Due to anticipated high demand, the Pemberton Barn Dance is having a lottery for all general admission ticket sales. Enter here👉🏻https://forms.gle/tpyZBZdHV1cvKC9E9

Please note the lottery rules:
– Duplicate entries will result in removal from the lottery, so please enter once.
– Must be a resident of Pemberton, Mt Currie, Birken, or D’Arcy to enter the lottery (Proof of residence at ticket pick-up required)
– Must be 19+ years of age to enter. 

The entry deadline is Wednesday, August 2, 2023. Winners will be notified a couple of days after the deadline via email. Details for winners to purchase their tickets will be outlined in that email.

2023 EVENTS

Lots of events happening in the Whistler and Pemberton areas all year long. Keep checking back for updates.

MAY

May 19 – Whistler Mountain Bike Park Opening Day
May 19-21 – Whistler Children’s Festival 
May 20-23 – Lil’wat Nation Open Rodeo at Lillooet Lake Rodeo Grounds, Mount Currie.
May 21 – Whistler Farmers’ Market
May 22 – Blackcomb Mountain – Last day of Winter Operations
May 27 – A Tribute to Elvis at Sunstone Golf Club

JUNE

June 2 – Pemberton Farmers’ Market begins
June 20 – Comedy Night at Sunstone Golf Club
June 24 – Nourish Spring Series by Cornucopia – Trip to the Farm Progressive Lunch
June 24 – Summer Solstice Party with FOMO. A Grateful Dead Tribute Band at Sunstone Golf Club
June 24-25 – Mountain Muse Festival at the Downtown Community Barn, Pemberton
June 24-25 – Future West Moto BC Championships at Green River Motocross Track

June 29 – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Whistler Olympic Plaza

JULY

July 21 – 30 – Crankworx Whistler

AUGUST

August 10 – 11 – Art on the Lake
August 20 – Slow Food Cycle 2023
August 20 – Araxi Longtable Dinner

SEPTEMBER

September 9 – RBC GrandFondo Whistler
September 16 – Pemberton Barn Dance (proudly sponsored by Sunstone Pemberton)

OCTOBER

October 12-16 – Whistler Writers Festival
October 13-14 –Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival
October 14 – Whistler 50 Relay & Ultra
October 14 – Comedy Night at Sunstone Golf Club

NOVEMBER

November 3-5 – Ignite Wellness Retreat
November 9-19 – Whistler Cornucopia
November 23 – Whistler Blackcomb Opening Day
November 25-26 –Arts Whistler Holiday Market
November 29-December 3 – Whistler Film Festival
November 30 – Mountain FM & Westin Christmas Breakfast

DECEMBER

December 2 – Pemberton Christmas Bazaar 
December 9 & 10 – Whistler Bespoke Market

Pemberton properties excluded from Canada’s Foreign Buyer Ban ⁠

PEMBERTON, BC – December 21, 2022

After a surge in home buying during the pandemic, the Canadian government first announced a two-year foreign buyer ban would be brought in to help slow the real estate market in early 2022, which would take effect as of January 1, 2023. This ban would prevent non-Canadians and corporations controlled by non-Canadians from purchasing residential property in Canada, with some noted exceptions.

Whistler and Pemberton Excluded from Foreign Buyer Ban

As of December 21, 2022, we now have clarity that Whistler and Pemberton are excluded from this foreign buyer ban. Both Whistler and Pemberton fall outside the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act definition of “Residential Property” – which states that the prohibition applies to ‘residential property located in a census metropolitan area or a census agglomeration’. We are happy to share that the real estate markets in Pemberton will remain open to investment, despite the ban.

View the census tract reference maps here.

Foreign Buyer Ban – Important Key Facts

  1. The Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act prevents non-Canadians from buying residential property in Canada for 2 years, starting January 1, 2023.
  2. This Act defines residential property as buildings with 3 homes or fewer, as well as parts of buildings like a semi-detached house or a condominium unit. The law does not prohibit the purchase of larger builders with multiple units.
  3. The Act has a $10,000 fine for any non-Canadian or anyone who knowingly assists a non-Canadian and is convicted of violating the Act. If a court finds that a non-Canadian has done this, they may order the sale of the house.

Canada’s Foreign Buyer Ban – Key Definitions

All of the below are defined under The Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act

Non-Canadian
This act applies to individuals who aren’t; Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, persons registered under the Indian Act, corporations based in Canada that are privately held; not listed on the stock exchange in Canada, controlled by someone who is a non-Canadian.

Residential Property
This act defines residential property as buildings of up to 3 dwelling units and parts of buildings, like semi-detached houses or condominium units. This prohibition applies to; residential property located in a census metropolitan area or a census agglomeration.

Frequently Asked Questions: Canada’s Foreign Buyer Ban

When will the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act come into force?
January 1, 2023. The prohibition will be in effect for a period of 2 years.

Who does the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act apply to?

The Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act applies to:

  • an individual who isn’t a:
    • Canadian citizen
    • Permanent resident of Canada
    • person registered under the Indian Act
  • corporations based in Canada that are:
    • privately held
    • not listed on a stock exchange in Canada
    • controlled by someone who is a non-Canadian
  • entities formed under the laws of Canada or any Canadian province that are controlled by someone who is not from Canada
  • an entity formed otherwise than under the laws of Canada or a province

Certain exceptions for specific groups of non-Canadians are outlined in the Regulations. For more information on the Foreign Buyer Ban, please visit.

B.C. Real Estate’s Cooling-Off Period

Additionally, effective on January 1, 2023, the Cooling-off Period is an unprecedented change to real estate contract law that creates the legal right to rescind a residential real estate contract in exchange for a fee. From the time the contract is finalized, buyers will have 3 days in which they can back out of the deal for a fee equal to 0.25% of the property purchase price.

Den Duyf Park

New recreation area serving the communities of Pemberton, SLRD Area C and Lil’wat Nation.

Currently under construction, Den Duyf Park (formally the Pemberton and District Recreation Site) will be a multi-use recreation area serving the communities of Pemberton, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Area C and Lil’wat Nation. Located at the entrance to Sunstone, on Pemberton Farm Road East, the Park will include two grass soccer fields (completed), an amenity building, soon to be constructed, Mountain Bike Skills Park (completed), and baseball diamond (to be considered in a future phase). The site concept also includes a recreation complex (including arena and swimming pool), and parking fields which will be developed in phases as funding permits.

Den Duyf Park is a culmination of a number of smaller projects made possible through funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia as well as seven local partners including the Den Duyf Family, the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD), Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, The Ridge at Pemberton, Sunstone Pemberton and the Rotary Club of Pemberton.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about our Municipal parks and fields. Fields and Parks FAQ

View Project Timeline and full details here.

New bike skills park grand opening in Pemberton on Saturday

PIQUE Newsmagazine by Harrison Brooks 

July 12, 2022

After years of waiting, Pemberton residents are finally getting a mountain bike skills park

For years, the Pemberton community has dreamt of a place where local mountain bikers could practice and improve their skills.

And on Saturday, July 16, that dream will become a reality when the Pemberton Bike Skills Park officially opens in Den Duyf Park. The park’s features include an asphalt pump track, dirt jumps and several skill features.

The Village of Pemberton (VOP) is hosting an opening ceremony for the park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., which will include bike demos, live music and giveaways courtesy of project partners like the Pemberton Off Road Cycling Association (PORCA) and Chromag. 

When the park finally opens on July 16, it will represent years of hard work and planning coming to fruition.

The first real step towards the park came in 2020, when VOP mayor and council voted to pursue a grant that would cover a large portion of the costs for the park. Approximately six months later, funding was received in the amount of $974,258, allocated to PORCA for the design and construction of the park.

While the original completion date for the park was set for June 1, 2022, the colder-than-usual weather this spring resulted in a slight delay in finishing the park.

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