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OCP Land Use Amendments: Open House and Presentation

Jul 11, 2011

City Council has released the draft Official Community Plan Land Use changes for public and agency comment.  These amendments involve proposed new land use designations, specific neighbourhood planning descriptions and study areas, as well as proposed new development permit areas.  If adopted, these changes will better shape the character of city development and zoning for the next 20 years.

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 here or borrowed hard copies are available in the Planning Department at 216 Mackenzie Avenue.  The document is available for review and comment until July 31, 2011.  Public and agency comments will be received for public hearing in August.  Please refer to our contacts page for any of your comments.

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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.”