Correction: The print version of this story from the Mar. 25 issue of the Times Review contains some correct information. The article indicates the developer is proposing a private sub-division. In fact, it is the City of Revelstoke that has indicated it will ask for private servicing of the development. The corrected article follows. We regret the error.
A local developer has applied to create a sub-division on a large property off Townley Street.
An application to create a nine-lot subdivision of the property located between Townley Street and the CP Rail tracks was given the go-ahead to move forward by council at its Mar. 24 meeting.
The application would see the property divided into nine lots, all of which would be zoned single-family residential, with vacation rentals permitted.
Dean Strachan, the manager of development services, told council the application was unique, but it had its advantages in that anyone who bought into the sub-division would know right away that vacation rentals were permitted.
“In some ways its the best scenario,” he said. “There’s no issue with a use being parachuted into your neighbourhood.”
It is not yet known who is behind the development as the application comes from a numbered company.
Council approved a recommendation from staff giving them the OK to proceed with a three-step process that would change the land-use and zoning of the property to allow for 0.4 hectare, rural residential lots that allow for vacation rentals.
The proposal requires an official community plan amendment, an amendment to the zoning bylaw and a re-zoning. Should those be approved the property owner would be asked to submit a sub-division application.
A report by Strachan says staff supports a “bare land strata sub-division” that would see the road and servicing to the nine lots remain private. He told council that would ease the burden on the city due to the low-density of the sub-division, and the difficulty of maintaining the road and services through the challenging terrain.
The property in question is located south and east of Townley Street, above the railway tracks.