Vision check for Revelstoke’s official community plan

City consultation process seeks to check in with the community on its current vision statement.

Revelstoke Mountianeer file photo. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The City of Revelstoke is planning to check in with residents on its ‘official community plan’ vision statement.

The official community plan, commonly referred to as the OCP, is a foundational document that guides the long-term planning for the municipality.

The ‘vision’ statement is short section of the overall document. The current vision statement is four paragraphs long. (It is attached after the end of this article.)

At council’s Oct. 8 meeting, city Development Services Director Marianne Wade explained that checking the vision was a first step in reviewing the OCP.

“We’re actually checking in to see if the vision statement that is in our OCP still is valid for our community,” Wade said. “We want to make sure we have the visioning statement correct before we move into the next stage of our rollout.”

A consultant will work with city staff to launch the “check in” with the community this week and will use a variety of different methods to gather feedback, including hosting a pop-up booth at community gatherings, advertising, eight “visioning parties,” postering and working with a stakeholders groups to gather feedback.

The consultant will seek answers to four questions:

-What to you value about Revelstoke today?

-What needs to change?

-When you think about your hopes and dreams for Revelstoke 10 years from now, what three words would you use to describe them?

-How can you help make that happen?

City staff’s goal is to get 750 people to provide input individually or through a group.

“The whole idea of the process is to engage the community and ask those questions to the community,” Wade said.

Consultation will run until mid December. After that, staff hope to complete the update by March 2020, including incorporating wording changes into existing city documents.

Councillor questions cost

During question period, Councillor Jackie Rhind questioned the cost of the exercise, and noted that the price tag for the consultation was not included in the staff report. (The report forms that city staff use for council meetings contain a number of standard sections, including a discussion of the financial implications of any decision.)

Wade estimated it would be around $30,000. “We did get a proposal for those fees for the consultation process, which is approximately $20,000, plus what we have to incur for expenses for pop-up tool kits and things like that, so probably about $30,000,” she said.

Councillor Steven Cross defended the price tag, saying it was important to get the vision statement right.

“The vision statement is the linchpin and this council wants to get that right and really make it happen as much as we possibly can,” Cross said. “If we have to spend a little money to make sure we got the vision right, I can support that, even though it is a little frustrating.”

At the vote, Councillor Rhind was the only opposing vote.

What is the existing vision statement?

Here is Revelstoke’s current four-paragraph OCP vision statement:

Revelstoke will be a leader in achieving a sustainable community by balancing environmental, social and economic values within a local, regional and global context.

Building on its rich heritage and natural beauty this historic mountain community will pursue quality and excellence. Revelstoke is seen as vibrant, healthy, clean, hospitable, resilient and forward thinking. It will be committed to exercising its rights with respect to decisions affecting the North Columbia Mountain region.

Community priorities include: Opportunities for youth; economic growth and stability; environmental citizenship; personal safety and security; a responsible and caring social support system; a first-class education system and local access to lifelong learning; spiritual and cultural values, and diverse forms of recreation.

All residents and visitors shall have access to the opportunities afforded by this community.

For more on the council OCP discussion, see the Oct. 8 council discussion here: