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The City Planning Department’s annual look-ahead on proposed projects anticipates a major permit for a hotel and at least one sit down restaurant, a Petro Canada station, a mini-storage business on Highway 23 North, and a 10-residential unit project worth about $10 million in construction value.

It also contained good news for people concerned about animal welfare in Revelstoke.

“A long-range capital plan for animal control and the shelter will be presented,” Planning Director John Guenther said in the report. “A Council presentation will be made in the spring to address public information, enforcement, and animal care.”

He also said a heritage strategy update that has been delayed since last year will now be brought forward to help clarify the current conservation area, expand the area to include other heritage areas and review goals and objectives, including the implementation of heritage maintenance standards.

This year will also see discussion of a number of land-use projects including the surplus schools, the old Drive-In site, the Newlands green field across from the hospital and the green field east of the Arrow Heights school.

“Planning will continue to work on proactive planning examples, and helping to set the tone of smart growth,” Guenther said in his report. “The public participation plan will advance with a more-defined regime of public meetings, and a new terms of reference. Subdivision applications are being processed for Revelstoke Crossing, small lots, and several other subdivisions. (The) development review and sign and facade program will continue to be vetted through the community, guided by enhancement, City Council and the planning commission.”

It also says the new Unified Development Bylaw will be unveiled in April.

Please click here to read the report.


The Revelstoke Credit Union is seeking three new directors to serve on its board for three-year terms.

The deadline for nominations is 1 pm on February 16. If you are interested in a position with the Board of Directors of Revelstoke Credit Union, click here to contact the RCU. Your contact information will be sent to the nominating committee who will contact you directly.

An official call for director nominations from the membership is announced each year at the Annual General Meeting. Members interested in a position of director can talk to the President, the Chair of the Nominating Committee, the General Manager or a director for information on pursuing the opportunity. To stand for nomination, a candidate must be a member in good standing with the credit union for a period of no less than one year.

For more information please contact Kathy McKee at 250-837-6291 (extension 242) or send an e-mail to or


Four building permits worth $281,000 were issued in December. That brought the total value of new construction in Revelstoke to $11,454,000. That’s down from 2011 when there was $24,135,000 worth of new building in town.

Please click here to read the building report for December 2012.

Please click here to read the accumulative report for 2012.


The City has obtained electoral approval to extend the head lease with BC Hydro for a 15-year term beginning February 15 and ending on February 14, 2028 with the option to extend the term for a further period of five years.

Fewer than 10 per cent of eligible electors voted against the proposal. Pursuant to Section 175 of the Community Charter, the City had to obtain the approval of the electors to lease to the Selkirk Saddle Club for fifteen years by way of the Alternative Approval Process.

Please click here to read the City memo regarding this.


City Council voted unanimously to approve the borrowing of $11,450,873 so that it can meet its obligations before its tax revenues come rolling in.

The so-called revenue anticipation borrowing bylaw is an annual occurrence.

Please click here to read the borrowing bylaw.


The North Columbia Environmental Society has a pretty good lineup of monthly films for its Incredible Edibles Film Fest, which starts this month with Mad City Chickens on January 29.

Mad City Chickens is a film about people who keep backyard chickens in the city.

February’s flick is Queen of the Sun on February 28. It asks the question: “What are the bees telling us?”

March 20 will see the film Fresh, which celebrates farmers and the entire fresh food movement, on offer and April’s movie will be Permaculture — the Growing Edge. This film is billed as “an antidote to environmental despair, (and) a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future.”

Each film will be shown at 7 pm in the Macpherson Room at the Community Centre. Refreshments and nibblies from local food vendors will be available and film goers are strongly advised to bring their own mugs. Admission is by donation, which typically means $5. All proceeds go to the NCES’s Local Food Initiative program.

Please click here to view the poster.


Dreaming of going some place warm? The Bygone Era Entertainment Society can help you nourish that fantasy with its Spring Break! films at the Nickelodeon Museum on Friday, January 25, at 7 pm.

It’s showing films about California’s motorcycle maniacs in the 1930s and Hollywood Hell Drivers in the 1950s, the Trans-Canada in 1963, English stock-car racers and much, much more.

Call 250-837-5250 for reservations. Admission is $5 at the door.

The society’s vintage film night series is generously supported by the Knights of Pythias.