The public hearing has been held, the people of Revelstoke have made their concerns clear and at the next city council meeting on October 13, a staff report recommends moving the Revelstoke Crossing proposal to third reading.
The question council is discussing is whether to include grocery, pharmacy, shopping centre and health centre as permitted uses to the vacant lot, CD-09 Comprehensive Development Zone, at 1702 Bend Road, near the busy intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 23.
But the further question of whether to allow these uses and therefore make way for the proposed development has escalated with many Revelstoke residents and a large part of its business community questioning whether this development is what is best for the city and for the downtown business core.
Previous to the public hearing on September 29, which was the most crowded the city council meeting has seen for years, this zoning bylaw amendment was read for the first time on July 28, a second on August 25.
The current local council was elected on being more development and business minded, and to dispel the growing reputation that Revelstoke is not open for business.
Developers of the Revelstoke Crossing shopping centre, Hall Pacific, say the development will contribute $20 million and add 400 jobs to the local economy. Following the public hearing, the developers stressed that they will not build something that the citizens don’t want.
“From the onset of any project, Hall Pacific takes the approach that we have zero interest in trying to force our highway-oriented development offering onto a community,” development manager Mike Spaull said.
Revelstoke City Council meets Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at council chambers.