Neighbourhood land use planning process for Johnson Heights area gets council support

Revelstoke city council gives go ahead for staff to continue work on planning process, early public consultation in light of proposed commercial developments in the Johnson Heights area.

Revelstoke City Hall. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

A request to begin work on creating a neighbourhood land use plan for Johnson Heights elicited support, but little comment from Revelstoke city councillors. The Johnson Heights area is home to proposed commercial development of a four-storey, 93-room hotel, a mixed commercial RV park and other potential projects city staff say they are keeping confidential because of their preliminary status.

Revelstoke city council passed the recommendation brought forward by the committee of the whole to continue the planning process for Johnson Heights area at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 25. Specifically the recommendation included:

-City staff continue work on a planning process for the lands identified as Johnson Heights in the Official Community Plan

-City staff undertake early public consultation related to the Official Community Plan

-Staff continue to process the rezoning and Official Community Plan amendment applications and bring forward amended bylaws for council’s consideration following analysis of studies including: a geotechnical report, traffic impact assessment, servicing concept and downstream capacity analysis, and an economic impact assessment.

Councillor Mike Brooks-Hill brought forth the only discussion on the matter, asking if staff had looked into the possibility of creating a secondary access to the Johnson Heights area, which is located directly off of the Trans-Canada Highway. In response, city planner Daniel Sturgeon said access has been flagged as a major issue, but is dependent upon funding, availability of land and topographical constraints.

“All of that needs to be looked at together in harmony,” said Sturgeon.

Mayor Gary Sulz said the neighbourhood land use plan for Johnson Heights does not currently identify a secondary access, and asked Sturgeon to clarify if there are any public lands available for that purpose. Sturgeon said the closest and most direct access has topographical restraints, but that the city does have the ability to acquire park land.

You can watch council’s discussion in the video below. For more information on the proposed developments in the Johnson Heights area  see our previous story here.