Revelstoke council approves four vacation rentals

One vacation rental application withdrawn, four approved after public hearings last week.

Council chambers was packed last Tuesday for a public hearing over a vacation rental

A vacation rental application was withdrawn before a public hearing last week after the neighbours unanimously expressed opposition to it.

Rob Girard, the City of Revelstoke’s fire chief, applied to re-zone his home on Seventh Street East as a vacation rental but he pulled the application just before the public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 22, after 12 neighbours wrote letters of opposition and 21 signed a petition opposing it.

“I’d like to thank Mr. Girard for pulling his application,” said Mayor Mark McKee. “I think he looked at the comments from the neighbourhood and reacted accordingly.”

Four other vacation rentals were approved, at 1815 Hay Road, 1739 Piotrowski, 902 Eighth St. East, and 1475 Birch Drive.

Meanwhile, council scheduled a second public hearing for a vacation rental at 1780 Illecillewaet Road after the home owner, Atsuko Knight, wrote a letter to the city saying the circumstances of her application were mis-represented. The application was rejected earlier this month after the tenants in the home said they were evicted to make way for the vacation rental.

Knight said the eviction was the result of changing circumstances in her personal life, and the application was to provide opportunties for future income.

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