CPR Hill development approved despite neighbours concerns

Proposed medium-density housing development designed to mimic the look of old Revelstoke train station approved by council.

A conceptual drawing of Rob & Harry Elliot's proposed CPR Hill development.

A proposed medium-density housing development designed to mimic the look of the old Revelstoke train station was given the go-ahead by council last week.

Rob & Harry Elliot’s proposal to build up to 10 housing units on a property on Mackenzie Avenue between Track Street and Mulock Street was adopted, but not before council heard numerous concerns from neighbours.

A public hearing on the proposed development was held on Tuesday, July 12. Several residents expressed concerns about the proposal, saying they were worried about traffic, snow removal, garbage collection and drainage issues.

“The zoning change concerns me greatly,” said Peter Cameron, who expressed concerns about access due to the steep nature of the street, drainage problems on the site, and the potential addition of rental housing to the neighbourhood.

“We don’t want or need any more rental housing in our neighbourhood,” he said.

Rose Gentles, who lives on Mulock Street, said she was worried about increased traffic. “Adding these rental units is going to increase traffic so I will not feel safe to take my children on the street,” she said.

Rob Elliott attempted to address those concerns, saying he was proposing a residential development, and not vacation rentals. He said it was going to be a strata property, meaning people would be able to buy the individual units, and that it would be their responsibility to ensure there were no problems with garbage or snow removal.

“I want to make an impression. I want to make it a statement of welcome to Revelstoke,” he said.

Dean Strachan, the city’s manager of development services, said many of the issues would be dealt with in the development permit process. He said the development would need private garbage and recycling collection, and would need to show how it would address parking, snow clearing and drainage issues. “All those components would come to council,” he said.

When it came to vote, council appeared split, with Mayor Mark McKee saying he thought there was too many units on the site and that it should be pared back.

“I think we should go back to the table, sit down with the proponent and see if a different number would meet his expectations and listen to what the neighbourhood has to say,” he said.

Councillors Connie Brothers and Gary Sulz also suggested looking at fewer units.

Speaking in favour were couns. Aaron Orlando, Scott Duke and Linda Nixon.

“We need the density downtown. We need to allow infill development,” said Duke.

Coun. Trevor English added his vote to the three in favour, meaning the re-zoning was approved.

 

Just Posted

Environment Canada issues snowfall warning for Trans Canada Highway

Expect 20-30 cm from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass

Interior Health issues warning about opioid-laced stimulants causing recent overdoses

Interior Health is urging residents using or considering using drugs to reconsider… Continue reading

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Nov. 14

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, Nov. 11, 1899 The Knights of Pythias… Continue reading

Revy Let’s Talk: Falling down – mental health in the fall

Using our online system, Shelley Bird shared her experience and the experience… Continue reading

City of Revelstoke hires new director of engineering

Steve Black will be starting Nov. 18

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

B.C. wildlife experts urge hunters to switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds

OWL, in Delta, is currently treating two eagles for lead poisoning

B.C. First Nations drop out of court challenge, sign deals with Trans Mountain

Upper Nicola Band says deal represents a ‘significant step forward’

Pedestrian struck and killed in Kamloops accident

Kamloops RCMP responded to the incident at 5:30 p.m. Friday night

VIDEO: B.C. man trapped under ATV for days shows promise at Victoria hospital

Out of induced coma, 41-year-old is smiling, squeezing hands and enjoying sunshine

Most Read