Much needed family housing is being proposed in the Columbia Park area. Local contractor Vic Van Isle plans to develop a nine-unit townhouse at 131, 135 and Columbia Park Drive, next to the Revelstoke Golf Club.
The application includes a proposed amendment to the Official Community Plan to rezone the properties to T4 – Walk Up Residential Land Use. In a report to council, city planner Daniel Sturgeon said the townhouse form is consistent with the policies and intent of the T4 designation.
“It provides an alternative housing form that will integrate into the existing building stock while gently increasing density and respecting the scale of buildings in the surrounding area. Furthermore, infill housing is essential to the city’s goals of creating more affordable housing options,” said Sturgeon.
In addition to the OCP amendment, the proponent is also proposing a rezoning to R3 (Medium Density Multi-Family Residential), and a development permit to facilitate the construction the townhouse units.
Sturgeon said staff have worked with the applicant to improve integration of the buildings into the surrounding neighbourhood. The proposed units would include five bedrooms, walk-out patio and second floor balcony, as well as outdoor landscaped areas available to each unit.
Revelstoke city staff are recommending council support the development with the following stipulations:
-Receipt of financial security in the amount of $119,004 for landscaping works.
-Adoption of OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 2219 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2220
-Ensure that all engineering requirements and issues including restrictive covenants and rights-of-way where necessary, are addressed.
-Submission of a subdivision layout to the satisfaction of the approving officer.
-Approval from the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure.
Revelstoke city council will discuss the proposed development at their Tuesday, Feb. 27 regular council meeting.