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“Charrette” Begins Tuesday.
Everybody’s Invited.

Jun 03, 2010

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.

3 Responses to ““Charrette” Begins Tuesday.
Everybody’s Invited.”


  1. Jackie Morris says:

    I will be looking for a plan for the future of the Westside Road area. What transect will this be? Why doesn’t this show on your map of town? What happens there affects us in Columbia Park; witness my neighbours who are upset with the expansion of a gravel pit, which will now be 350 meters from their house. Noise and dust from Westside Road developments are a concern.

  2. Revelstoke UDB says:

    Thanks for your comment, Jackie. This week’s charrette will indeed suggest appropriate development intensities and mixes of uses in specific areas — transect zones — so your concerns will no doubt be reflected in the community discussion. Keep in mind, of course, that whatever comes out of the charrette can’t remove options granted property owners under the current regulations. The idea, instead, is to get out ahead of growth with rules that channel future development in ways that match community goals, as described in the Official Community Plan.

    We’re looking forward to seeing you this week.



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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.”