Mt. Begbie Brewery is here to stay.
Or at least, that appears to be the case after filing an application for a sub-division and re-zoning of a parcel of land on Farrell Road across from the Revelstoke Railway Museum.
As reported previously, Mt. Begbie Brewery is looking to expand and has been eyeing up the Farrell Road property as a possible location. First, it was looking for some sort of tax breaks from the city.
While the city creates a revitalization tax credit scheme, the brewery is moving forward with its expansion plans.
An application for an Official Community Plan amendment and re-zoning was filed by the properties owners, Big Bend Development Corporation, to re-zone the property from residential to commercial. The application includes a design for an expanded brewery with a brick, wood and glass facade and an outdoor patio across the parking lot from the railway museum.
“It’s a very nice facade, lots of wood, lots of stone,” development manager Dean Strachan told council. “It fits with the form and character of the community quite nicely.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, council gave the staff the go ahead to begin work on the bylaw that would allow the two applications.
The OCP amendment would see the land-use change from Urban Residential to High Street Mixed Use, and the zoning from Low Density Residential to Central Business.
The property, which consists of six lots, used to be the site of a mobile home park. The application would see the six lots consolidated into one property in order to have the brewery built there.
The application is still in the early stages and needs to go through council and out to the public before being approved.
According to a staff report by development manager Dean Strachan, the new brewery would include a larger retail and tasting component that would complement, with a patio that would face the neighbouring railway museum.
Part of any bylaw would include a development agreement between the land owner and the city to create a right-of-way for Farrell Road and move a sewer line that currently runs through the property.