In Video: Council’s meeting of March 8, 2016


By David F. Rooney

Tuesday’s regular City Council was brought up to speed on a number of different issues including the Social Development Committee’s activities with Coordinator Jill Zacharias (you can watch that at the 3:11 point on the video below), what’s happening with a house built without building permit at 906 Farrell Road (17:31 on the video).

Of particular interest to City Hall observers was Council’s decision to reconsider its earlier decision give the City’s 2016-2010 Financial Plan first, second and third reading. In doing that they have now approved the budget. (Watch it at the 24:41 point on the video).

Council also passed a zoning amendment that cleared the way for the opening of a craft distillery on First Street West across from the village mall (28:06). A craft distillery is a commercial operation manufacturing and selling liquor with a maximum annual production of 50,000 liters and licensed by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.

Council also approved a development variance sought by the Revelstoke Land and Development Company’s hotel proposed for the intersection of Wright Street and Victoria Road. The variance permits a side-ward setback reduction three metres from six. And it allows for 5.5 storeys (31:58).

There’s more, of course, including a never-before-seen number for business permit applications. I’ve covered City Council since 2001 and have never seen anything like this.

And you can watch Council’s decision to support an application by the Rod & Gun Club’s application to the Columbia Basin Trust for $98,000 funding support for its planned new facility off Westside Road (41:02). You can also click here to read the Boxing Club’s disappointment with Council’s decision to not purchase the decomissioned Mount Begbie Elementary School’s gymnasium from School District 19.

“It is the opinion of the Revelstoke Boxing Club and the opinion of many members of the community that the decision to not absorb the Mt. Begbie School was made prematurely without the interests of the community and potential of the facility being fully realized,” said the unsigned letter. “This facility has the potential to be an invaluable asset to the community by being both cost-efficient and supportive of the local volunteer programs.” The Boxing Club and the Army Cadet Program must vacate the former school and gymnasium this month.

Please click here to view the agenda.

You can also activate the YouTube player below to watch the 49-minutes-long Council meeting: