Revelstoke City Council approves Mackenzie Village development

Revelstoke City Council approved the master development agreement for the large-scale Mackenzie Village development in Arrow Heights at their Nov. 22 meeting.

A design concept of the upcoming Mackenzie Village housing development on Nichol Road. Photo: Selkirk Planning & Design

The master development agreement for the Nichol Road housing project on Mackenzie Village was approved unanimously at the City of Revelstoke’s city council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The first phase, located on Nichol Road near Arrow Heights Elementary, is expected to provide about 40–50 units.

The 12-phase plan is subject to a no-build covenant, which will be removed for each phase as it goes ahead.

Following a report associated with Revelstoke’s future infrastructure strain, city staff confirmed our infrastructure services currently can handle the first phase of construction.

As each phase goes ahead, developer David Evans will have to provide detailed engineering.

“The public should be aware that, I think, there is a comfort level now in terms of infrastructure, the city is safe and moving forward in a positive direction,” said Coun. Connie Brothers said.

“When we get 40–50 potential units into this community, it will be incredibly good for the housing crisis we have right now, and will hopefully alleviate that problem. I think that’s the good news side of all of this.”

Councillors also discussed and approved a series of recommendations from the city’s development services department to study future demand on city infrastructure like roads, bridges and sewer treatment, and the impact this and other developments will have.

The infrastructure upgrades will be costly and the studies will determine the priority projects and how to pay for them through fees like development cost charges.

“We’ve been trying to get this community to expand,” mayor Mark McKee said. “Sell and develop the ski resort was probably the number one economic goal in the community. We did that.”

“We are a desirable place to be. People want to bring their families here … start their businesses and enjoy the lifestyle we all have. If we didn’t think there was going to be a strain on infrastructure, you’re kidding yourself.”

“You build the infrastructure for the community you have and you plan for the community you want,” McKee said.