A proposed new multi-family development on Hay Road that is being developed under a new developer-led consultation process is heading to a public meeting on Dec. 18.
Rather than city staff conducting a public consultation, a portion of the consultation work is handed over to the developer. In July, city staff explained the city process would come after initial developer consultation. This is the first time the city has tried this method, leaving some uncertainty about exactly how it works. The process has already fallen far behind the original timeline proposed by staff in July, when the final OCP amendment was scheduled to be completed by October.
At the City of Revelstoke’s Dec. 12 committee of the whole meeting, city development services director Marianne Wade updated the committee on the proposal.
In an oral report to council, Wade said the proponent held an open house in the summer and also met with some of the 44 neighbours who reside on nearby properties.
Although the developer had planned to hold another open house in the fall, Wade said that meeting had been cancelled.
“The applicant chose to continue responding one on one through the website and community concerns,” Wade said. “We also forwarded any letters received by council to them to respond directly to those individuals.”
As a result, Wade said the proponent, Stefan Maunz operating through numbered company 0717333 BC Ltd., had reduced the size of the development from 67 units to 60, and had increased the number of single family homes and park space.
She said the developer planned to use high efficiency insulation and green building techniques and that there had been discussion of including rental housing in the development.
Project draws neighbourhood opposition
A change.org petition opposing the proposed development has drawn 178 signatures.
The online petition argues that the development, combined with the nearby and much larger Mackenzie Village development, will damage the character of the neighbourhood: “Revelstoke is a small town, with many quiet neighbourhoods. Cramming high density housing developments into any place [council] can fit will destroy the character and unique draw of our town,” it states.
At the Dec. 12 committee meeting, councillor Steven Cross echoed some of their concerns.
“As of last night, 190 people have signed a petition against this development in the area,” Cross said. “It’s going to come down to if 90% of the homeowners that are impacted by this development don’t want it, then I am going to represent that in a vote. I’m going to be that blunt about it,” Cross said.
The project will require a new comprehensive development zone for the neighbourhood, which will require a zoning amendment, which requires a public hearing. That portion of the consultation process will be city-run.
The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 7-9 p.m. at the Revelstoke Community Centre. “This meeting will be led by the developer,” Wade said.
There were no public documents included on the agenda for the city discussion. The presentation included an oral report and a slide presentation with details about the project, but it was not included in the meeting agenda package.
Want to find out more? The Dec. 12 committee of the whole discussion on the proposed development starts here: