The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre landscaping plans include walkways

Revelstoke council gives stamp of approval to developments, initiatives

Revelstoke council gave approval to several applications and other items at its meeting last Tuesday, Apr. 22.

Revelstoke council gave approval to several applications and other items at its meeting last Tuesday, Apr. 22. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the decision they made.

Highway signs approved

New highway and road signs were given council’s stamp of approval.

The new signs were reported on in the Apr. 16 issue of the Times Review.

These are the main, large way-finding signs at the entrances to town, like the one at the intersection of Fourth Street and Townley Street, or the ones at the Trans-Canada Highway eastern and western accesses to Revelstoke. The signs were put forward by the city’s enhancement committee.

Alan Mason, the city’s director of economic development told council the signs were the result of two years’ work and deliberation by the enhancement committee, chamber of commerce, and other committees.

“There’s been lots of input from lots of stakeholders,” said Mason. “As we all know, signage can be a really subjective issue so it’s quite positive we had consensus at the enhancement committee to bring this forward to council.”

Councillor Tony Scarcella said he was happy to finally see a sign pointing the way to downtown. “Finally after 30 years, I was hoping to see a sign that says ‘Downtown, two minutes.’” he said. “It finally came.”

Vacation rental plan given OK

Support was given to a planning department initiative that would allow vacation rentals anywhere in the city, provided home owners got support from the neighbourhood and city council.

The proposal, which was first reported in the Apr. 16 issue of the Times Review,  would allow a property owner to apply for a re-zoning for their home that would allow them to run it as a vacation rental, explained development services manager Dean Strachan.

To get the re-zoning, they would need to go through a public hearing, and council would be able to add conditions to the zoning application.

“What this does is allow council to develop over time a concept of what vacation rentals should look like in the community, to monitor how they’re operating and whether they’re being successfully operated or not,” said Strachan. “It doesn’t require council approve any further applications. It wouldn’t require council to grant a permit.”

The proposal was approved unanimously.

Art Centre plans approved

The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre development permit application for an addition to the building and to re-landscape the surrounding grounds was approved by council.

The RVAC proposal is to expand the building slightly, and add an outdoor plaza, picnic tables, community garden, xeriscape garden and walkways that would connect the arts centre to Victoria Road.

The plan is to do the outdoor work first, and add the building expansion once funding is received.

“This is good news,” said councillor Linda Nixon. “This is a very successful group that works hard in the community and it will add to the gateway to Revelstoke.”

Brewery expansion given third reading

Mt. Begbie Brewery’s expansion plan got one step closer to approval after council gave third reading to an Official Community Plan amendment and re-zoning bylaw.

The brewery is looking to build a new facility on the site of an old trailer park across from the Railway Museum.

The application will now go to various other government departments for review before it comes back to council for adoption.

 

Just Posted

Revelstoke golfer heading to 55+ Summer Games

At 90 Audrey Lally does it for the exercise

Finding a career and finding family

When Marie-Pier Rodrigue-Jacques moved to Revelstoke in October 2015 she couldn’t find… Continue reading

Revelstoke artist paints mural at Free Spirit Sports

Free Spirit Sports has come a long way since the days of… Continue reading

Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke May 25

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near Canyon Hot Springs due… Continue reading

Revelstoke Maternity Project survey available now

Researchers want to know about the Revelstoke maternity experience

REPLAY: The best videos from across B.C. this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week in the province

Neighbours help save Okanagan garage fire from spreading

Neighbours knock down fire enough before BX-Swan Lake firefighters arrive to fully extinguish

UBC researchers want to hear from rural residents on health care

Once completed, the project will inform health care planning and policy decisions

Kamloops RCMP investigate violent home invasion

Police believe the incident was targeted

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Trail played role during fur trade era

Fur Brigade Trail in Okanagan has long history

Mistrial declared in Jamie Bacon murder plot trial

Bacon was on trial for counselling to commit the murder of Person X

Most Read