Revelstoke city council has approved a rezoning application that will allow for an extension of a development up the mountain in upper Arrow Heights.
During a public hearing on July 26, 2022, council heard submissions on Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2335 at Uplands Road and Mountain Gate Road. Revelstoke city council approved the rezoning request, allowing the development to proceed.
Few chose to speak at the hearing, concerned residents in the upper Arrow Heights neighbourhood sent public comments via email or letter. Many concerns regard the increase in traffic the development could impose on the area. The areas that will be affected by the action include Mountain Gate Road — currently a dead-end road that will see a significant impact due to the development. You can view public comments from the hearing here.
Additionally, residents raised concerns about policing short-term vacation rentals during the hearing. Vacation rentals are not permitted in this development, but residents of Camozzi Road who spoke at the hearing are worried enforcement will not be sufficient.
Council members acknowledged that approving this rezoning request allows what seems like a dramatic change to occur in the city. However, as Councillor Nicole Cherlet said during the meeting, density is more of a concern. She said that in order to reach the city’s housing goals outlined in the Official Community Plan, Revelstoke needs to increase density.