The site concept plan for the proposed development on Hay Rd. The public hearing for proposed bylaw amendments that would allow the project to move forward is today, Sept. 17. (Selkirk Planning & Design)

Hay Rd. public hearing live-streaming at 8 a.m.

Written submissions will be accepted via email until the meeting closes

Today, Sept. 17, Revelstoke City Council will hear residents’ thoughts on the proposed 59-unit residential development on Hay Rd.

The public hearing for the proposed amendments to Revelstoke’s Zoning Bylaw and Official Community Plan that will allow for the project to move forward, starts at 8 a.m.

Participants who wished to speak in-person at the meeting were required to pre-register due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering size, however the meeting is live-streamed and can also be listened to over the phone.

Written submissions are also accepted and can be submitted until Mayor Gary Sulz closes the public hearing. It is scheduled in two sessions from 8-9:45 a.m. and from 10-11:45 a.m.

Submissions can be emailed to the attention of the Corporate Officer at publichearings@revelstoke.ca with Public Hearing Comment OCP2019-01 and ZON2019-04 in the subject line.

READ MORE: Public hearing for Hay Rd. housing project coming up, pre-registration required

READ MORE: Revelstoke prepares for first public hearing since pandemic

According to the agenda for the meeting, so far there have been over 63 letters against the development submitted to the city, along with a petition with around 55 signatures. Only 13 letters in support of the project were submitted.

The Revelstoke Review has also received at least six letters to the editor opposing the development since it was first proposed and one in favour.

READ MORE: LETTER: Densification is right, if well thought out, LETTER: Upper Arrow Heights resident urges council to deny rezoning in area, Letter: More public consultation needed before zoning amendment to allow Hay Rd. development, LETTER: Mackenzie Village residents concerned about Hay Rd. development, Letter: Hay Rd. development doesn’t consider current residents

Residents of the area, including former city councillor Steven Cross, have come together to form a coalition of citizens for responsible planning. They circulated a flyer throughout the city outlining why they believe the development should not move forward and calling on people to voice opposition at today’s meeting.

Reasons include:

  • safety concerns over increased traffic and lack of sidewalks in the neighbourhood
  • connectivity concerns over lack of parks and trails plan for the neighbourhood
  • community cohesiveness concerns over lack of updated Official Community Plan and because of that, lack of citizen input into the development of the neighbourhood which is currently low-density
  • impacts to property tax concerns over lack of updated Development Cost Charge Bylaw

The mayor made a statement with clarifications and corrections on some of the information in the pamphlet two days before the public hearing, explaining that the city cannot legally put a moratorium on approving developments, as was suggested by the coalition and that council did insist that parkland in the Hay Rd. development meet the five per cent requirement. The coalition had indicated otherwise.

READ MORE: Revelstoke mayor addresses anti-Hay Rd. development pamphlet

As the Local Government Act requires, once the public hearing is closed on Sept. 17, councillors will not hear, see or read any more information about the proposed development until they vote on the zoning and OCP amendments on Sept. 22.

The development, advertised as Stoked Living, was first proposed in June 2019. Since then the developer, working with city staff, hosted information sessions and gathered feedback on the project, which initially had three different concept plans.

READ MORE: City wants feedback on Hay Rd. development

READ MORE: Revelstoke developer asking for community feedback for Hay Rd. proposal

The final concept, which will either be approved or defeated at Sept. 22’s council meeting, features 59 units, some of which are single family homes, some duplexes and some row houses. The zoning in the area does not allow for vacation rentals and the developer is holding ten units for long term rentals. The plans claim the developer will be building passive houses at attainable prices.

The proposal has been controversial from the start. Revelstoke residents submitted a petition against the development in October 2019. The petition was submitted again as part of today’s public hearing.

READ MORE: Arrow Heights residents create petition against proposed development on Hay Rd.

All of the city council documents about the project can be found at revelstoke.ca/1853/Current-Rezoning-and-OCP-Application-Pac.

The developer’s website is stokedliving.ca.


 

@JDoll_Revy
jocelyn.doll@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

City Council

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Your Columbia River Revelstoke candidates; Nicole Cherlet (NDP); Samson Boyer (Green) and Doug Clovechok (BC Liberal). The polls are closed and ballots being counted. (File photo)
BC VOTES: Clovechok preliminary winner with 52 per cent of the vote

35 of 77 polls have reported and The Canadian Press is calling Clovechok winner

Firefighters and RCMP are on scene at a fire on Douglas Street. (Jocelyn Doll - Revelstoke Review)
PHOTOS: Firefighters battling blaze on Douglas Street

RCMP are also on scene and blocking off access to the street

The Columbia River Revelstoke riding saw three candidates, Nicole Cherlet for the NDP, Samson Boyer for the Green Party and Doug Clovechok, incumbent, for the BC Liberals. (Jocelyn Doll/Revelstoke Review)
UPDATE: Polls now closed in 2020 provincial election

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

NDP headquarters on election night, Oct. 24, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
ELECTION 2020: Live blog from B.C. party headquarters

BC NDP projected to win majority government – but celebrations will look different this election

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

NDP Leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the British Columbia provincial election in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan celebrates projected majority NDP government, but no deadline for $1,000 deposit

Premier-elect says majority government will allow him to tackle issues across all of B.C.

(Google Maps)
Collision closes Highway 97A in North Okanagan

The highway has been closed since early this morning

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Premier John Horgan during a press conference at the BC Transit corporate office following an announcement about new investments to improve transit for citizens in the province while in Victoria on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Trudeau congratulates Horgan on NDP’s election victory in British Columbia

Final count won’t be available for three weeks due to the record number of 525,000 ballots cast by mail

Comedic actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg pose in this undated handout photo. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. Rogen is determined to change that. (Maarten de Boer ohoto)
Seth Rogen talks about fighting cannabis stigma, why pot should be as accepted as beer

‘I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years’

Provincial Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau speaks at Provincial Green Party headquarters at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe in Victoria. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
VIDEO: Furstenau leads BC Greens to win first riding outside of Vancouver Island

Sonia Furstenau became leader of BC Greens one week before snap election was called

NDP Leader John Horgan elbow bumps NDP candidate Coquitlam-Burke Mountain candidate Fin Donnelly following a seniors round table in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, NDP head for majority in B.C. election results

Record number of mail-in ballots may shift results

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March and fewer than one-quarter of them were ordered to quarantine while the rest were deemed “essential” and exempted from quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Majority of international travellers since March deemed ‘essential’, avoid quarantine

As of Oct. 20, 3.5 million travellers had been deemed essential, and another 1.1 million were considered non-essential

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

Most Read