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Draft Official Community Plan Land Use Amendments

When: Monday, June 27 through Thursday, June 30, 2011

Location for open house and presentation
Revelstoke Community Centre
600 Campbell Avenue
Revelstoke, British Columbia

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, and proposed new development permit areas.  If adopted, these changes will better shape the character of city development and zoning for the next 20 years.

Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30, 2011
10 am-4 pm – Public “Drop-In” Open House
This open house will allow the public to view the Official Community Plan Land Use amendments, submit comments and to speak with staff. These documents may also be viewed on our Resouces page. See the Contacts page to send in your comments.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
7-8:30 pm – Land Use Presentation
Director of Planning John Guenther will present background information and work to date related to OCP Land Use amendments and invite attendees’ comments. Time will be reserved for comments and questions from the community.

Comments and feedback on the amendments will be accepted until July 31, 2011.

Public Charrette: Topic Meetings and Presentations

When: Tuesday, June 8 through Friday, June 11, 2010

Our public charrette provides multiple opportunities for participating. Below find your guide to planning your time, or review a graphic version here .

These three public meetings give you a chance to hear directly from the project team about ideas and plans at each stage during the four days. Time is always reserved for comments and questions from the community. These three public meetings are the key time for the 8 community groups to plug in.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
7-8:30 pm – Opening Public Workshop
We’ll set the stage for the four days, explaining project goals and how we’ll sort through ideas to get to the best ones by Friday night, followed by a public interactive workshop.

Thursday, June 10, 2010
7-8:30 pm – Open House & Community Review
The team shows work in progress in an open house format and invites attendees’ comments.

Friday, June 11, 2010
3:30-5 pm – Closing Presentation & Public Comment
After testing and refining ideas on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the team outlines its recommendations, complete with illustrations, for a bylaw to guide Revelstoke development. This session concludes with public comment.

These four meetings on June 8 and 9, give the team more opportunities to hear directly from Revelstoke residents, business people, City staffers, and elected officials. The topics are chosen to zero in on categories of concern that bubbled to the surface during pre-charrette research. While discussions will be of special interest to folks directly involved in the subject matter, the sessions are open to everybody.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
4-5:30 pm – Subject: Economic Development / Business Groups
We’ll talk about how a code might impact retail and other businesses, as well as the resort. Besides business owners, business advocates, resort operators, and Main Street members, City and regional economic development specialists will likely attend.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
11:30 am-1 pm – Subject: Public Participation Master Plan
As part of the UDB charrette process, a Public Participation Master Plan will be developed to chart out how locals might be engaged in City planning going forward, and how success might be measured. Local referral groups and agencies, along with active community groups, foundations, and futures are encouraged to join us for this meeting.

4-5:30 pm – Subject: Parks, Recreation, Culture, and Environment
Not just the City Parks Department cares about protecting and enhancing public open spaces, including plazas and greens. Or nurturing our cultural and environmental resources. And how the resort fits into the overall vision of Revelstoke. How might a code advance those goals? What mechanisms to encourage environmental sustainability via land development patterns might we want to consider?

4-5:30 pm – Subject: Social, Affordable Housing, Safety
One of the bigger challenges in Revelstoke is the issue of affordable housing and workforce housing. How might the way we develop our land effect this, along with social and safety issues.

For those who can’t make any of the group meetings or would rather talk one-on-one with project team members, there are opportunities to simply drop by the studio to chat. Someone will always be available during these times to talk.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
1-4 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm

Thursday, June 10, 2010
9am – 12:30 pm

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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.”