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As “Charrette” Nears, Prep Work Almost Complete

May 14, 2010

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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    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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