One resident spoke to us about what they would like their neighbourhood to look like in the future:
What do you see as key components of creating a complete neighbourhood?
“In my opinion, key neighbourhoods should include access to green park space and trail networks, alternative means of transportation (biking and walking), housing options (single and multiple family), and small institutional and commercial (independent milk store, community facility or school, etc.).”
Do you see this planning process as being a proactive way of preparing for potential future development in Revelstoke?
“Yes when I consider the alternatives.”
Do you think it is important to have a diversity of housing in each neighbourhood?
“Yes but kept to reflect the current neighbourhood (for example high density in Vancouver is different than high density in Revelstoke). Diversity of housing would allow long term residents options to move within a neighbourhood when needs change and the opportunity for a variety of demographics to populate the area.”
The proposed amendments can be viewed
A public “drop-in” open house was held at the Revelstoke Community Centre to view the documents and speak with staff. The open house took place June 27 – June 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a presentation on Wednesday, June 29 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The document may be viewed online
by team leader Geoff Dyer summed up the
. Working from the mandates embedded in the
Official Community Plan (OCP)
, the project team created a
, assigning sections of Revelstoke to “transect zones” organized around Revelstoke-appropriate look and feel rather than building uses. For a full description of form-based zoning and the Transect concept, see Dyer’s explanation
Dyer’s team also developed model scenarios for a half-dozen sites in Revelstoke to demonstrate how T-zone concepts play out in real places. Citizens got a peek at some of those demonstration projects during the Thursday-night Open House . Most got warm receptions, but a couple demonstration plans sparked controversy, especially among some residents of Arrow Heights, who were vehement that properties near their homes not be developed unless new development replicated the form already there.
After hearing the concerns of Arrow Heights home owners on Thursday, Dyer and his designers tweaked the demonstration sketches to ease the transition from the T-3 sub-urban context of existing homes to a more dense and mixed-use portion of the study area. “But the whole point,” said Dyer, “is to be true to the commitment in Revelstoke’s OCP to seek opportunities for more compact, walkable, mixed-use neighbourhoods. The Arrow Heights seemed ideal to test those goals.”
While it was clear not all the Arrow Heights residents in attendance on Friday bought the OCP-related argument, Dyer was pleased the team was well on its way to accomplishing one key goal. In just four days, the vocabulary of zoning in Revelstoke changed from commercial-residential-industrial to the new form-based language.
“That’s a credit to citizens in this community,” said Dyer. “They listened. They did their homework by reading up on the website. And they came to our meetings ready to talk about T-zones. Even those who didn’t always agree with us about what should be T-3 or T-4 accepted the language of form-based bylaws and made their cases based on the framework of the Transect.”
There was very little push-back on most other ideas, especially the teams suggestions for the MacKenzie Gateway. Over time, with the application of zone-appropriate design, the Gateway could transform into a showplace of mixed-use urbanity in character with Revelstoke. A PlaceMakers produced series of images showed how street design, architecture, and building forms could evolve into a welcoming streetscape.
So what’s next?
The PlaceMakers consultants return to their offices and tweak the proposed Bylaw for submission to city staffers in August. After a round of revisions, a refined draft will find its way into Revelstoke’s existing public comment and approval process. And how would development submittals operate, should the Bylaw be enacted? The flow chart below, clickable for larger view, indicates the steps.
As drafts and updates become available, they’ll be posted here on the website. So stay in touch. And, as always, we welcome your questions and comments in the space below.]]>
The Thursday-night event was literally a “pin up” of ideas under development. Concepts developed by the project team were tested on five specific areas in Revelstoke. Since Revelstoke has already asserted its preferences in its Official Community Plan (OCP) for compact, walkable development, the team sketched scenarios for build-outs in keeping with OCP goals.
See the post immediately preceding this one for Dyer’s explanation of the five demonstration sites.
Most of the illustrations were well received. The big pushback came from some residents of the Arrow Heights area, who objected to the compact, mixed-use approach for the site. So Dyer and his team are reviewing the comments and thinking of best approaches for the site for Friday’s updated presentation.
“We’re listening to what residents say, and we’re also determined to offer the community the best choices in keeping with the policies determined by the OCP,” said Dyer.
The charrette week has been full of such feedback loops, with the team considering questions and comments from the Monday-night opening session. Today’s concluding meeting at 3:30 p.m. at the Community Centre will offer the best ideas of the week of community collaboration.]]>
A key strategy for taking community goals to the next level is the use of demonstration sites. In this video,
The model projects show how a new Unified Development Bylaw – which is the end product of this process – might guide development in a real place. The demostration projects are just that; they’re not done deals. They’re not even proposed or in line to be developed. So attendees tonight and at Friday afternoon’s concluding presentation should keep in mind that these ideas and sketches are merely for illustration.
We got to this point thanks to hard work already completed during community discussions that took place long before the charrette. Community goals are set forth in the Official Community Plan (OCP) . Now it’s time to create a regulatory framework that makes such goals the default outcome when growth occurs. For an explanation of the whole process, see the Project Overview column at right. And for coverage of the steps toward the UDP up until this point, read the posts preceding this one.
Thursday night’s Open House at the Community Centre is another crucial step. Project team members have been listening to officials, city staffers, and residents during meetings this week and have been sketching ideas in response. The team will hang work in progress on the walls and invite corrections and suggestions from community members.
What the team learns from the session they’ll work into refinements that will show up during the concluding presentation on Friday afternoon. For the complete schedule, go here .
Come by and see the work in progress. If you can’t make it, be sure and follow the progress on this website. And please post your questions or comments in the space below any of these posts.
See you there.]]>
On Wednesday, students from Revelstoke Secondary School stopped by the charrette taking place at the Community Centre to share their hopes and concerns. Most are 10th graders. They talked about the potentially competing goals for community growth, hitting on many topics – like making town safe for bikes, increasing diversity of shopping choices, and assuring community affordability for year-round residents.
And their proposed solutions?
Many quickly hit upon the idea that’s embedded in the
Thursday at 7 p.m. the project team will try out some potential approaches to those goals in a “pin-up” session at the Community Centre. Then, they’ll refine those ideas using feedback from residents to create their concluding presentation on Friday afternoon at 3:30. The complete schedule is here .
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The Tuesday meetings kicked off the four-day public workshop to turn principles embedded in Revelstoke’s Official Commuity Plan (OCP) into a regulatory framework to guide future growth. To get the big picture of the process that will result in a new Unified Development Bylaw, see the overview column to the immediate right. And to see how we got to where we are now, read our preceding posts.
What are the elements that make Revelstoke’s character so unique? Its dramatic setting and its human heritage, which includes an historic downtown worth emulating in future development.
What’s in the way of sustaining Revelstoke’s identity? For one thing, rapid resort town growth that challenges community goals outlined in the OCP. If new zoning rules are going to bolster the city’s chances for facing those challenges, residents told the consulting team Tuesday during a discussion about economic development, the rules will have to provide clarity, continuity, and simplicity.
The approach most likely to do that, said project team leader Geoff Dyer, is one based on regulating context and character as opposed to building uses. Use-based zoning has been the organizing principle for conventional codes and bylaws for most of the last century.
Tuesday evening, Dyer presented the team’s proposed strategies for the charrette and the principles behind form-based zoning to a packed house at the Community Centre. He and two
The discussion continues Wednesday with more focused meetings on topics such as community affordability and parks and recreation. On Thursday, the team “pins up” work in progress, attempting to answer questions raised by community members on Tuesday and Wednesday. By Friday afternoon, when they make their concluding presentation, team designers and planners will have refined Thursday feedback into what will come as close as possible to key elements in Revelstoke’s new Unified Development Bylaw. See the complete schedule here .
Watch these web pages for continuing updates, And please send us your comments and questions in the space below.]]>
First up: Tonight’s presentation and discussion. “What we want to do immediately,” said Dyer, “is remind everybody that our job is to propose regulatory strategies – a new bylaw – for implementing what the community has outlined as goals in their Official Community Plan .”
Here’s what to expect for the next few days: Tonight’s introductory presentation will be followed by UDB panelists addressing attendees’ questions and concerns. On Wednesday, the team will ask their own questions of citizens and business people during meetings on topics such as community affordability and parks and recreation. (See the complete schedule .)
The team applies what they’ve learned from pre-charrette research and from discussions on Tuesday and Wednesday to first-draft sketches and plans they’ll present on Thursday evening at 7 for a community critique. Feedback from that presentation will be used to refine work for Friday’s concluding presentation at 3:30 p.m.. All events are at the Community Centre.
Come participate. Even you can’t make all the meetings, you can follow the charrette as it unfolds here on this website. Comments and questions welcome. There’s space provided for that at the bottom of each post.]]>
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.
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.]]>
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.]]>