Open house and public hearing scheduled regarding treehouse hotel

A public open house and public hearing has been scheduled for residents and organizations wishing to find out more, and comment, on the proposed Camozzi Bench treehouse hotel development, adjacent to Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

An impression of the Camozzi Bench accommodation development. Photo: Selkirk Planning & Design

Revelstoke City councillors once again discussed the proposed Camozzi Bench treehouse hotel at the city council meeting on Tuesday, June 29.

As the rezoning application goes ahead, a public hearing must be scheduled. Following feedback from recent hearings, Coun. Aaron Orlando proposed scheduling an open house first so people and councillors could get more information.

“In my experience with other big public hearings we’ve had, I felt that there was a lot of feedback from the public that it all just happened too fast and there wasn’t enough information,” Coun. Orlando said.

All councillors except for Mayor McKee and Coun. English voted in favour of this motion.

The open house will be on Tuesday July 19 from 5–7 p.m. in the Macpherson Room at the Revelstoke Community Centre. The public hearing is one week later on Tuesday July 26 at 7 p.m. at the Revelstoke Community Centre.

The application has had a change since the last council meeting. The no-build, no-disturb covenant of two years, tied to whether Revelstoke Mountain Resort submits an updated master development plan, was removed.

“While the applicant offered this to address some of the concerns presented by Revelstoke Mountain Resort it is uncommon and inadvisable to tie an owner’s right to use land to actions or inaction of a third party,” manager of development services Dean Strachan wrote in the report.

The five-year no-build, no-disturb covenant in favour of the City of Revelstoke for the 75 per cent of land (area outside of first phase of Camozzi Bench) still stands.

Mayor Mark McKee was once again the voice of opposition to the proposed development.

“I’m concerned that we are going to have a disjointed base village at the resort, I’m concerned about extra competition not only for the resort but for the downtown, for the highway,” he said. “And I don’t think this is the right thing to do.”

Read the Revelstoke Mountaineer’s previous gallery of articles on Camozzi Bench.