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Dean Strachan
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Graham Farstad <graham@arlingtongroup.ca>
Thursday, December 24, 2015 3:15 PM
Dean Strachan
Anne Cooper
Mountain View Site Rezoning
Mountain View Rezoning Site - December 2015.jpg

In following up on our previous discussion about the Mountain View site, I would like to submit a rezoning application
on behalf of the School District in January 2016. Before doing so, some preliminary discussion is needed as the site has
some complicating elements. The need for rezoning is straightforward – the school use has ceased and is surplus to the 
needs of the School District. In accordance with a Project Agreement with the Ministry of Education, the School District
must  generate  significant  local  funds  as  its  contribution  to  the  Revelstoke  Schools  Project.  This  includes  the  proceeds
from the disposition of surplus school assets, including the Mountain View site.  
The general objectives of rezoning the site are to reflect the changes in land use, reduce uncertainty concerning its 
future use and enhance the prospects of its disposition. 
More specific objectives of rezoning are to: 
1. Create a viable site plan consistent with the City’s Official Community Plan and the Revelstoke Integrated
Community Sustainability Action Plan;  
2. Create a specific site for the school building, which received a heritage designation earlier this year, necessary
for its future disposition and adaptive reuse;  
3. Define and zone a site for a park, not less than the area of existing surplus rights of way, and convey that site to
the City of Revelstoke; and 
4. Define and zone the remaining area for residential development compatible with the surrounding
neighbourhood. 
The attached drawing is very similar to the 2014 RFP for disposition of the site. This reflects land uses resulting from 
extensive consultation undertaken by the School District, including with the City, the heritage community, the school 
community and the general public. No change in the City’s Official Community Plan is proposed. The second objective 
will be met by creating a site for the 1914 building, which has been designated a heritage structure, as well as an 
additional area to accommodate on‐site parking. The third objective will be met by creating a park site not less than the 
area of existing surplus road rights of way. The present configuration of these surplus road rights of way, owned by the 
City, does not reflect open space in a usable configuration for anyone. The final objective is to enable suitable ground 
oriented residential development of the remaining surplus land area to be sold by the School District. 
The entire site is currently zoned P3 – Institutional, which reflects its previous use as a school. The P3 zone permits 
public or quasi‐public uses of an institutional nature, cultural and recreational facilities, public service and utility 
buildings. The zoning of the heritage site need not change as these uses may be suitable to a future owner and, if not, 
they can be addressed through a heritage revitalization agreement. At this time we don’t know what a ‘white knight’ will 
find to be the most viable use for this building. Leaving the existing zoning of this site unchanged will enable the City to 
work with a future purchaser in determining the most appropriate adaptive reuse of this heritage building.  
The existing zoning is not suitable for the remainder of the block. The park site to be conveyed to the City should be 
rezoned P‐1 Parks and Public Use District, which provides for public parks and playgrounds. The remaining land should 
be zoned for ground oriented residential use. However the lot size could vary depending on a purchaser’s assessment of 
market conditions. Detached housing could be on small lots, which would work best with lanes in order to maintain the 
historic character and avoid garages dominating the lot frontage. Larger lots would also work and there may be demand 
for high end estate lots overlooking the Columbia River and enjoying long distance mountain views. Both fee simple 
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tenure and strata ownership to accommodate detached patio homes or attached townhouses should be suitable for this 
area. The School District needs some flexibility in the future redevelopment of this area but it should be within a narrow 
scope. Non‐residential uses or apartments are not proposed. There is significant vacant commercial space in downtown 
Revelstoke and apartments may be controversial. .  
 
In order to meet the School District’s objectives and meet the needs of the City, rezoning the surplus land areas in the 
Mountain View site to a Comprehensive Zone is proposed, tailor made for this particular area. This would provide for 
provide certainty in land use but also allow for some flexibility within a relatively narrow scope. If the area facing Garden 
Avenue is zoned for ground oriented residential use, either detached or attached, that would provide considerable 
opportunity for a developer but at a scale compatible with the neighbourhood. If the remaining areas between the park 
and Pearson Street are zoned for single family dwellings with variable size lots, that would also provide flexibility to a 
developer, but remain at a compatible neighbourhood scale. Fee simple lots of varying sizes would be possible as would 
a strata development with smaller patio homes to meet the needs of an aging population.  
 
Rezoning the Mountain View block will require some site servicing upgrades. To that end, the Kamloops office of WSP 
has been retained to address the civil engineering issues.  
 
I will be taking some holidays in early January 2016 but will follow up with you later in January once you have had an 
opportunity to review this matter. Best wishes for 2016! 
 
 

Graham Farstad, MCIP, RPP
Principal
the Arlington Group 
(604) 683-1903
www.arlingtongroup.ca

architecture | planning | heritage
 
 

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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS (REVELSTOKE) SOCIETY
www.community-connections.ca
February 25, 2016
Dear Mayor and Council,
Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society has been providing professional integrated
services to Revelstoke since the amalgamation of Family and Youth Resources and Community
Living Services in 2001. We are an accredited agency and our mission is to support individuals
and families in our community by providing and advocating for accessible, responsive social
services. We provide services to individuals and families from infancy to senior years. Our
services include: Community Living Services for Adults, Counselling services for families,
individuals and children, several Youth programs, Parent Support programs, Child
Development services and Outreach programs including Social Justice Advocate, Housing
Outreach and Tenant Support. We also operate several satellite programs including three
residences, Community Link Program, the Food Bank, a licensed group child care and a
neighbourhood playgroup.
Each month Community Connections provides services to approximately 1500 people in the
community and each week this includes connecting with over 150 families, the majority with
infants and/or young children.
Currently Community Connections employs 54 persons and we retain the services of 10
contracted people. We employee 49 women and 5 men; we are not certain how many of our
staff are the primary wage earner in the home but Community Connections does pay a
Revelstoke living wage and better to all staff that have successfully completed their probation.
In as far as years of service we have numerous employees that have been with us upwards of
30 years. We are an equal opportunity employer and consider our staff our most valuable
asset.
As an organization, Community Connections respects the diversity, capacity, and strengths of
the people we serve, our community and our co-workers. A guiding principle which defines
service delivery is accessibility and includes physical access as well as providing a welcoming
environment where individuals and families feel connected and supported. With this in mind,
we find we have outgrown our current spaces and are facing limitations to provide the quality
and number of services we offer. With the exception of our residences our objective is to
increase accessibility by creating a space that will accommodate all of our services at one
prime location. We strongly believe this is necessary to offer progressive, responsive services
in the community, while significantly decreasing barriers to accessibility for families and
seniors including transportation to and from multiple services and locations. It is our intention
to construct a purpose built facility of approximately 25,000 sq ft in order to meet our needs.
We believe the ideal property to accommodate a facility of this size and nature is the Mountain
View property and we submit this letter as an expression of our interest.
Community Connections is committed to our community and to the future of social services.
We look forward to discussing this further with you.
Sincerely,
The Executive Team
Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society

314 Second Street East, P.O. Box 2880, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0
Phone (250)837-2920 Fax (250)837-2909

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