Surprise change: Council has option to call for more public input on Revelstoke Crossing

Following substantial disagreement in the community regarding the proposed Revelstoke Crossing's allowed uses, city council now appears poised to redo the third reading and call for another public hearing.

The proposed Revelstoke Crossing complex would include a grocery store and pharmacy. Photo: Hall Pacific design plan

What was to be a final city council reading for updating the allowed uses for Revelstoke Crossing, has now been changed to recommend rescinding the third reading on the matter and scheduling another public hearing.

This change occurred sometime on morning of Monday Oct. 26 to the agenda for the Oct. 27 city council meeting. We first reported that council was moving ahead with fourth reading as that was presented on the agenda when it was published on Friday, Oct. 23.

The change follows significant discussion in the community about whether the proposed Revelstoke Crossing development by Vancouver-based developer Pacific Hall is what’s best for Revelstoke.

Local businesses papered up their shops on Wednesday Oct. 21 in a demonstration against approving the proposed uses, including pharmacy and a grocery for the vacant development lot on Bend Road.

An online petition against the change to allow grocery, pharmacy and more at the site has now reached over 600 signatures.

Elmer Rorstad from Free Spirit Sports told the Revelstoke Mountaineer why he was opposed to the development, and his sentiment is one that has been echoed in the community.

“Everything I have read convinces me that it will have a negative impact on the downtown business core and adversely change the character of Revelstoke drastically,” he said.