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“Charrette” Begins Tuesday.
Everybody’s Invited.

Now, the fun begins. After a long lead-up involving community discussions and research on a variety of fronts, we’re ready to put Revelstoke’s hard work to use.

Beginning Tuesday, June 8, we’ll work with an international consulting team through four days of intense collaboration to produce key elements of Revelstoke’s new Unified Development Bylaw (UDB). See the column to the immediate right for a narrative overview of the whole process. Check out the schedule for the week here and the map to see where the team will be focusing its attention. Everything will take place at the Revelstoke Community Centre at 600 Campbell Avenue.

The four-day public workshop is called a “ charrette ”. We’re using this tried-and-true process to move our discussion quickly from the principles we’ve established in our Official Community Plan to a framework of regulations that converts the principles to legal policy.

What can you expect during the charrette? First of all, it’s very public, with lots of opportunities for citizens to plug in their ideas and analyses and with everything posted in near real time on this website. There are show-and-tell presentations, starting with Tuesday evening’s opening workshop, continuing through a “pin-up” of work in progress on Thursday night, and ending with a summary of the week’s work and a community discussion on Friday evening.

If you want to burrow down deeply in special topics of interest – such as the connection between land use planning and economic development or community affordability – there are sessions dedicated to those categories on Tuesday and Wednesday. And if you just want to drop by to chat with team members, there are times for that, as well. Everything is explained on the Schedule .

During the charrette, we’ll be presenting Revelstoke participants with various design scenario drafts and seeking feedback on whether or not we’re on track with the vision stated in the OCP. For instance, here is a preliminary rough draft elevation for the Mackenzie Gateway site, for the southwest corner of Mackenzie and Victoria. We’ll be talking about what’s different about this design versus what the current bylaws would allow, and refining it over the course of the charrette.

Revelstoke residents helped select these areas of study. Click for larger view.

Expect, also, to see birds-eye depictions of UDB ideas on specific places in the study area. We’ll pick several of the sites you see circled on the map for case studies, so property owners, city staffers, and citizens can see how policies might play out in real places.

As we correct and refine ideas together, drawings will evolve over the four days into the summary presentation on Friday night.

We promise not to waste your time. The ideas we sort through on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be corrected and amended by Friday into a powerful first take on the new UDB framework. You can watch ideas turned to action.

So we’re in for an action-packed week. Make plans to join us. When you can’t make it in person, remember to follow along day-by-day here on the website. You can also post your comments and ideas in the form below each of these posts.

See you at the charrette.

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As “Charrette” Nears, Prep Work Almost Complete

The June 8 start of Revelstoke’s planning “ charrette ” is nearing. And the planning team is wrapping up research that will serve as a foundation for the community discussion and idea testing during the four day charrette .

Download this flyer to pass along to your neighbors and friends.

The broadest foundation for the charrette was established by the Official Community Plan (OCP) (3.9mb .pdf), which was adopted last year. Using extensive community participation, the OCP established goals for next steps towards a regulating framework. That’s where we are now, preparing to create a Unified Development Bylaw (UDB) to guide growth in line with the OCP. Get the big picture of the process in the overview column to the immediate right.

So what new information are we adding to what we already have, thanks to the OCP?

Eight neighbourhoods are completing their own analyses of what’s working and not working for them. We’ll have their vision statements and their ideas about how the new UDB might help them to put on the table during the charrette. We’ll post the vision statements on this website as soon as they’re complete.

The project team is working on a Buildable Lands Study that will identify areas too sensitive to support development (because of soils, wetlands, riparian corridors, and other issues) and suggest places where development or redevelopment may be most appropriate. We’re inviting property owners and developers with holdings in some areas targeted for potential development to work with us during the charrette to see how their plans might sketch out under a new UDB.

We’ve commissioned a marketing study to help us understand the potential economic impacts of development decisions under a new UDB. And perhaps most significantly, we’ll use this unique planning opportunity to weave into our official policies strategies for involving citizens and community groups not only in the drafting of the new UDB but in all our future-shaping processes. A new Public Participation Master Plan will emerge.

We need everyone’s help to get the word out about the June 8-11 charrette at the Revelstoke Community Centre. You can download and print out our flyer so you can distribute info to your groups and to your neighbours.

Don’t forget, also, that, even if you can’t attend charrette sessions in person, you can follow along on these web pages. We welcome your questions and comments in the space below.

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Citizens Laud Revelstoke Assets; Look to Plan for Protection, Enhancement

Listen to the ways Revelstoke residents describe their town:

“A friendly community to walk in . . a great place to have kids . . exquisite setting.”

What concerns many Revelstoke’s residents about the future are the effects of unguided growth, particularly if they threaten the feel and function of an idyllic mountain town or if they undermine Revelstoke’s sense of community, its affordability, and its environmental quality. Fortunately, those issues and many like them are identified in the Official Community Plan (OCP) (4mb .pdf). And that important document, adopted in 2009, sets the stage for a historic planning process. Read all about the process and what’s driving it in the Project Overview column to the immediate right.

The product that will emerge from this process is a Unified Development Bylaw (UDB). We’ll work on the main elements of the UDB together in a public workshop called a “charrette” (check out the “What’s a Charrette” video below) scheduled for June 8-11. And just as we have at each step of leading into this phase of the process, we’re inviting everyone to participate.

Within the next week or so, as the day-by-day schedule of the charrette becomes finalized, we’ll post all the meetings and their time periods under a “Schedule” tab in the toolbar above. That way, you can plan the times you’ll want to participate. And there will be plenty of opportunities.

There will be general public meetings where you can simply listen to presentations and ask questions. There will be open studio periods when you can drop by and speak directly to members of the project team. And there will be a mid-charrette “pin-up that amounts to a show-and-tell opportunity for citizens and team-members to directly engage over work in progress.

If you can’t be at the charrette in person, keep in touch via these web pages. At the bottom of this post and each one to follow, you’ll find a form for comments and ideas. Let us know what’s on your mind.

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    In his introduction to Revelstoke’s Official Community Plan (OCP), adopted in July of 2009, Mayor David Raven makes a promise: “This is not a ‘whatever will be, will be’ plan, for the future is ours to see.”

    The mission now: Enable the OCP’s forward-looking vision, goals and policies with a regulatory approach that will ensure their implementation.

    “What we were able to do in our OCP was to establish key principles to guide our growth and redevelopment,” said Revelstoke planning director John Guenther. “That step had to come first. We had to say: ‘This is who we are. And this is how we intend to grow into our future.’

    “With that foundation established, we’re ready for the next phase, which is to embed our guiding principles into a legal framework,” said Guenther. “That’s what this process is all about.”

    This process is a collaborative one, partnering City officials and staff, Revelstoke citizens and stakeholders, and an international consulting team .

    The main event is an intensive, multi-day, collaborative public workshop called a charrette (see video), June 8-11. Out of the workshop will come the essential elements of a new Unified Development Bylaw (UDB).

    “Just as we developed the principles in the OCP together as a community, we’ll take this next big step together, as well,” said Guenther. “With the OCP to guide us, we can now focus on exactly what we need in the new bylaw to get us where we want to go. Citizens will have a good idea of what will be in that new bylaw by the end of our June charrette.”

    For background on the goals that will set the charrette agenda, go right to the source – the OCP. You can read the complete OCP here (4mb .pdf). Many of the goals fall under these broad mandates:

    > Recognize and honor Revelstoke’s unique heritage, both in terms of the natural environment and our architectural traditions.

    > Assure community affordability for a broad range of incomes and life stages.

    > Maintain inclusiveness and transparency in all community planning processes.

    > Align local goals for sustainability – environmentally, socially, and economically – with global goals.

    > “Act locally/think globally.”