- The area is under intense development pressure given the 13.7 per cent population growth from 2001 to 2016. It’s the sixth fastest growing community in Canada.
- The average housing income is over $100,000 and the average age is 35 years.
- The district is working on a major update of its Official Community Plan. There's been significant local engagement and the draft OCP has been well received by residents.
- The district needs to catch up on significant infrastructure. At the same time, a key goal is to not overburden taxpayers.
- Housing affordability and supply continues to be a key issue, followed by environmental protection, the economy, and local jobs.
- The district is working on an active Transportation Plan to create a network to link the series of villages that make up the district.
- The district is also working on environmental sensitive area mapping and an employment lands strategy.
- BC Business magazine rated the district as one of the best places in BC to do business.
The bulk of housing growth by 2036 is expected to occur in Squamish (42%) followed by Whistler (26 per cent), and Pemberton (10 per cent). Squamish expects 24,000 new residents by 2036. Development will focus on infill of vacant and underutilized lands within existing neighbourhoods such as Dentville, North Yards, Valleycliffe, Garibaldi Estates, Brackendale, and Garibaldi Highlands.
The Squamish Oceanfront Lands, a multi-use, oceanside community will be built on 59 acres of former industrial land, plus 44 adjacent acres of submerged water lots.