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Show and Tell Time: Demonstration Sites to be Featured

Jun 09, 2010

When residents come to Thursday night’s Open House and Community Review event at the Community Centre, they’ll see how the Unified Development Bylaw project team is advancing themes of the Revelstoke charrette .

A key strategy for taking community goals to the next level is the use of demonstration sites. In this video, PlaceMakers project manager Geoff Dyer explains the approach and the reasons for choosing certain parcels, blocks, or corridors as case studies.

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.

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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.”

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