Proposed guesthouse supported by Revelstoke council

Owner living onsite relieves some concern regarding potential noise issues.

A guesthouse is being proposed for site of the former Lutheran church at 1502 Mountain View Drive.

Rick Nybakken’s journey to establish a new Revelstoke guesthouse is well underway.

The Spruce Grove, Alta. resident is seeking zoning changes and an official community plan redesignation for property at 1502 Mountain View Drive – the site of the former Lutheran church – so his proposed guest house, Journey’s Perch, can come to fruition.

Last week, city council showed its support for the project, voting unanimously in favour of third reading for the proposed land use changes following a related public hearing.

The hearing began with Nybakken reading from a letter he’d submitted to council. He lamented the fact a positive gathering space had to close its doors, but said this has opened an opportunity to attract alternative benefits for the area.

“I will strive to create a quiet place of rest that appeals to the outdoor adventure demographic…,” said Nybakken. “Journey’s Perch will provide a place where like-minded travellers can share stories and exchange experiences while resting or preparing for full days of activities in the area.”

Nybakken said he intends to leave the building as it stands, but renovate the interior to construct five rooms for guests (private and dorm style), as well as communal washrooms and showers. In the future he intends to build a patio on the west side of the building, along Airport Way.

Nybakken said he and his partner intend to reside at the guesthouse, and call Revelstoke home.

Following Nybakken’s presentation, council heard the concerns of a few residents who live near 1502. Referring to the guesthouse as a hostel, George Goodwin said the purpose of hostels is to provide lower cost accommodation “desired by many transient persons on limited budgets,” adding there’s low crime, traffic and noise levels in the area and he’d like it to stay that way.

“This is not to suggest all transients are criminals; in fact very few are,” said Goodwin, adding Revelstoke is close knit and shouldn’t allow business to hurt the community.

Noise concerns were repeatedly raised, particularly in regard to the proposed patio and the possibility of sledders staying at the guesthouse, running their vehicles early in the morning and late at night.

Staff suggested the city’s noise bylaw will deal with some of those concerns.

Mayor Mark McKee said having a caretaker onsite will go a long way to deal with complaints before they happen.

“The number one message I try to send to the public is to be a good neighbour,” said McKee. “It’s easier to be a good neighbour when you’re actually living onsite in the neighbourhood as well. But I think the point is very well taken…”

During the hearing, Nybakken also received support from chamber executive director Judy Goodman and Poppi’s Guesthouse owner Poppi Reiner.

Reiner noted the negative perception that exists surrounding hostels, and that this influenced her decision to call her business a guesthouse. She said she understands the concerns, but has run her business (where she also lives) for eight years, and the negative experiences have been few.

“I’ve had neighbours come to me and thank me for keeping everything quiet, that they’re surprised how quiet my place was, and in fact I’ve been more quieter than some of the neighbours,” said Reiner.

Nybakken said he couldn’t guarantee sledders wouldn’t book with him, but they generally like to stick with the hotels on the highway.

“I do have full control over the business that we run, and we do create the vibe and the environment that is available for the guests,” said Nybakken. “My full intention is to keep it a quiet place like it’s somebody’s… backyard. That’s the beauty and the appeal of this property, in particular, that it does provide that space away from downtown.”

 

 

Just Posted

Turn it up

RAC asks council for summer Street Festival funding increase to hire sound technician

City of Revelstoke passes fire services bylaw

We are doing our end of the paperwork to be ready just in case this comes to fruition: mayor

Suspect in October standoff killed himself: Revelstoke RCMP

Mohammadali Darabi, suspect in Calgary homicide of roommate, was stopped in Revelstoke

Revy. Set. Grow! to build local food system

Weekend of farm-focused events will be hosted in Revelstoke Jan 13-14

CP Holiday Train to stop in Revelstoke Thursday

Event takes place in the afternoon with Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Band performing

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Border officers rally at B.C.’s Peace Arch

CBSA employees tire of ‘lack of respect’

Coping with a Heat rash

Fourteen goals in four nights helps ease the pain of injured teammates

Changes for Chase Grade 7s considered

School district says no move will take place without parent consultation.

FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’

Move rolls back restrictions that keep big providers from blocking services they don’t like

Performance embodies true meaning of Christmas

Caravan Farm Theatre presents O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi by Maristella Roca until Dec. 31

Family of Vancouver Island RCMP officer killed by drunk driver sues

Lawsuit seeks financial compensation from Kenneth Jacob Fenton

SPCA seizes 74 animals from Barriere property

Constables removed sheep, piglets, chickens and more

Penticton addiction recovery centre plan halted by neighbours

Recovery centre operator said neighbours bought property ‘in haste’

Most Read