The development permit for a new Boston Pizza and Dairy Queen restaurant in Revelstoke received approval from city council at their July 9 meeting.
The proposed new restaurants will be located near the Ramada Hotel in the Trans-Canada Highway district.
The plans call for a 156-seat, 5,554-square-foot Boston Pizza, and in a separate 5,000-square-foot building, a Dairy Queen restaurant and two other retail store fronts whose tenants have yet to be defined.
For background, read this story on the proposed new retail locations.
In June, the proposal was sent to the Advisory Planning Commission (APC) for comment on its form.
The APC returned a number of recommendations that were approved by council, including the addition of pedestrian crosswalks and pedestrian refuge islands in the parking lot, and revised, coordinated landscaping.
The staff report presentation and council discussion on the planned new restaurants on the highway starts here:
Councillors discussed the desire for unique Revelstoke buildings, including using more wood. They discussed details of changes to the development to committee review.
In discussion, councillor Mike Brooks-Hill panned the design of the two new restaurants.
“The buildings are ugly, or there is no particular character to them,” Brooks-Hill said. “There is nothing that makes it Revelstoke at all.”
However, he pointed out the existing city regulations don’t adequately allow for aesthetic considerations during the development stage.
City development services director Marianne Wade said the city’s official community plan (OCP) doesn’t include appropriate design guidelines to steer developers in the right direction.
Proponent Paul Deutsch attending the July 9 meeting. He agreed that the city’s development rules didn’t provide clear direction.
“We are trying to provide something with no guidelines,” Deutsch said. “We don’t know what people want.” He pointed out several aesthetic upgrades they’d included through the review process, and how hard they’d worked with busy city staff.
In the end, councillor Brooks-Hill and other council members supported the development permit.