New Upper Arrow Heights residential development proposed

Plans are in the works for a mixed residential development in the Arrow Heights neighbourhood that would include about 65 residences on a 9.4-acre lot on Hay Road.

File photo: A developer is proposing a roughly 65-unit development for Hay Road in the Arrow Heights neighbourhood. The property in question is bounded in red in this image. Image: City of Revelstoke file

The City of Revelstoke’s development services department is endorsing a developer-run public consultation for a large new residential development planned for the Arrow Heights neighbourhood.

The proponent, listed as numbered company 0717333 BC Ltd., is planning to develop the 9.4-acre lot at 1794 Hay Road and 1738 Grizzly Lane into a development that will include single family homes, duplexes and townhomes.

The plans were first publicly presented at a July 11 city committee meeting.

The developer has presented three different potential versions of the development in a document presented to council. Each one has about 65 residential units with different layout configurations for the different housing types.

The property in question is bounded in red in this image. The Mackenzie Village development is located in the large lot at the bottom right of the image. Image: City of Revelstoke file

In order to proceed with the development, the proponent will need rezoning and an official community plan (OCP) amendment.

In her report to the committee, city development services director Marianne Wade said the developer-led consultation would lead to a finalization of the concept plan, and that it could initiate plans for an Arrow Heights Neighbourhood Plan, which would lead to a further amendment to the city’s OCP in the neighbourhood.

A staff report notes a number of OCP policies will need to be considered as the plan proceeds, including diversity of mixed uses, infill development, mature tree preservation and improving pedestrian and vehicular access.

During the July 11 committee meeting, Wade said the city would be involved in the developer-led public consultation. “Staff’s role is to help,” Wade said. “It will be led by the actual applicant and their team.” Wade told the Mountaineer that the developer’s consultation would inform city staff ahead of other zoning changes and OCP amendments, which would come later.

The image is of one of three proposed layouts of the development. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Included in the presentation to the committee was a timeline on the developer-led consultation, starting with a website and notification of the neighbours in July, a neighbourhood information meeting in late July, all leading to a refined plan and OCP amendment in September. The timeline suggests a completed public hearing and third reading of amendments to zoning and the OCP in October.

The staff report noted the developer’s plan for affordable rental housing, and the possibility of the developer entering into an agreement with the city to provide it. It also said the developer planned to build energy-efficient homes.

The Mountaineer reached out to proponent Stefan Maunz of 0717333 BC Ltd. Maunz said he wanted to wait until after he’d distributed information packages to the neighbours before speaking about the project. Maunz said he had been waiting until after the July 11 committee meeting to distribute the information to the neighbouring properties.

The report came at a committee of the whole meeting. The mayor and all councillors in attendance supported the plan. Councillors Cross, Rhind and Younker were not in attendance.

Watch the staff presentation to committee on the proposed development starting here:

Aaron Orlando is a Revelstoke-based journalist who serves as creative director of and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's been on the news beat in Revelstoke for the past 14 years, serving in senior editorial roles. If you have or call/text him at 250-814-8710.