Council moves forward on Mackenzie Landing development proposal

Revelstoke council had its first official look at a proposal for a major development in Arrow Heights on Tuesday.

The plans for the proposed Mackenze Landing development show that existing pathways will be preserved.

The plans for the proposed Mackenze Landing development show that existing pathways will be preserved.

Revelstoke city council had its first official look at a proposal for a major development in Arrow Heights on Tuesday.

David and Shelley Evans are proposing to create a high-density, mixed-use development on 35 acres of land they own alongside Nichol Road.

According to a report from Dean Strachan, the manager of development services, the proposal is for 1,580 residential units and some commercial spaces along Nichol Road.

In an interview earlier this month, Evans told the Times Review the plan was for about 1,100 units.

At their Tuesday, Feb. 24, meeting, councillors gave staff the go ahead to begin work on a re-zoning process that would also include a large public consultation that would include several open house sessions and a formal public hearing.

“I’m glad about the augmented consultation process,” said councillor Aaron Orlando. “It’s big numbers as proposed and its really important we get it right.”

His remarks were echoed by Mayor Mark McKee. “I think it will pay off in the long run,” he said.

Coun. Linda Nixon said she appreciated the fact the proposal appears to take past feedback into consideration.

“I really like the idea of the park buffer they are using between Biatecki and this new sub-division,” she said. “I think that will be really important.”

Mackenzie Landing could become the largest development in Revelstoke since the resort was established less than 10 years ago.

The plans were presented to the Advisory Planning Commission earlier in February and were reported in the Feb. 11 issue of the Times Review.

The report to council includes more details on the Evanses proposal, including a letter from David Evans outlining his plans, and more detailed schematics outlining the layout of the development.

“The main goal of this development is to make true affordable and attainable housing for the residents of Revelstoke, and attract new residents with a unique sustainable neighbourhood not found anywhere else in the world,” wrote Evans.

The report can be read below.

Mackenzie Landing staff report by AlexCooperRTR