First part of updated Revelstoke zoning bylaw goes to council

Part of Revelstoke’s updated zoning bylaw, which has been in the works for 2.5 years, went in front of council for the first time last week.

Part of Revelstoke’s updated zoning bylaw, which has been in the works for 2.5 years, went in front of council for the first time last week.

“This is the update to the zoning bylaw we’ve been working on for quite some time,” Dean Strachan the city’s manager of development services, told council. “We’re finally bringing it forward to council in its first blocks.”

Council got a look at the revisions to the city’s residential zones, but, as Strachan explained, the update is about cleaning up the bylaw rather than making significant changes to allowable uses.

“We’re hoping with this update to have simplified, easier to understand language and regulation structure, but also similar compared to what other communities have, so it’s recognizable for people from outside the community coming to develop here,” he said. “There isn’t a proposal for wholesale change in use or a dramatic change in structure of the bylaw in terms of what it does. It’s how it’s worded, how it’s laid out.”

What it means is the revised bylaw is shorter and, hopefully, easier to understand. Residents will have a chance to give feedback at a future public hearing.

Mayor Mark McKee asked about making changes to alleviate the city’s rental housing crisis by making it easier for people to build secondary suites or carriage homes.

“Any opportunities where we can make it easier for residents with either new builds or existing builds to create more affordable rental properties, we should be encouraging that,” he said.

Strachan responded by saying that should be part of a separate bylaw process.

“We would put together a report that’s independent of the zoning bylaw review process specifically on that topic,” he said. “There’s more than just the zoning bylaw involved with it.”

He said he will be bringing forward the updates to the bylaw in blocks and hopes to have the update completed by the spring.

 

Just Posted

Clowning around encouraged as Revelstoke Circus Camp returns

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls — the Revelstoke Circus Camp returned… Continue reading

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1,000 as B.C. wildfires rage on

200 firefighters and 18 helicopters were working to increase the containment of the fires

Motorcycle driver and passenger crash near Revelstoke after crossing double yellow line

A motorcycle crashed in the westbound lane of the Trans Canada Highway… Continue reading

Revelstoke Art Gallery hosts exhibition in honour of Pat Wells

Barbara Maye Special to the Review Stone Carving and Revelstoke have a… Continue reading

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Reel Reviews: Floundering inferno

We quote Charlie Brown: “Good grief!”

UPDATE: Five taken to hospital following one of two Coquihalla accidents

One airlifted in critical condition, four taken via ambulance in stable condition

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Most Read