City Planning Update
On January 21st, we met with the city of Revelstoke’s planning and building department. The purpose of this conversation was ‘to continue a collaborative conversation regarding micro-housing suites in Revelstoke. Our intention is to present landowners with an affordable opportunity to provide additional rental housing on their properties and explore zoning that would accommodate land and home ownership in a co-living community.’
The meeting exceeded an hour as we discussed the viability of micro-suites in our community. According to the existing outdated bylaws and OCP, there is no zoning that would be suitable for a smaller dwelling size, smaller lots and maximum lot coverage. The planners’ recommendation is that any property interested in developing either a secondary garden suite or community development would need to rezone their property. This can be a process, but we believe it would be beneficial to establish a clear vision with zoning and bylaws that suit a co-living community.
This was an encouraging conversation. The city is receptive to the ideas of pre-engineered tiny structures shipped to a site along with the concept of multiple units sharing city services or septic systems. We were advised to ‘do our research’ and provide the city with a proposal to consider.
At this time, we encourage landowners to reach out and express their interest in collaborating. We are in the phase of evaluating all proposed properties and determining which will be the most successful to launch a pilot project.
Once a site has been chosen our attention will be directed towards creating a compelling rezoning application for the city’s approval. This will include researching bare-land-strata organizations, business plan development, legal, expected DDC’s, parking, dwelling layouts, landscaping, service access and other costs which will determine the viability of the project.
Thank you for your continued interest. We are excited to present a detailed proposal for you to consider and will continue to work on creating affordable housing options in our community.
We invite you to visit us at the Sustainable Living Expo on February 9th. Adrian Giacca will be presenting for 20mins at 1:00 pm to share with the community the motivations behind the tiny home movement and what’s being done in Revelstoke. If you’re passionate about the project we’d like to connect with you.
READ THE CITY PLANNING PRESENTATION HERE
January 2019 Update
In October we launched a survey to the community of Revelstoke to gain a better understanding of affordable housing and the needs of its residents. The purpose of this survey was to capture data regarding the size and features of a micro house and the shared amenities inside of a co-living community. The information collected from over 250 respondents showed an overwhelming interest in micro-housing as an innovative alternative to affordable housing. As well, a desire to live simply, have a smaller carbon footprint, and enjoy the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle engaged in community.
With your help, we have created a 200 sq ft MicroHome. The survey illustrated the need to have a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen inside one of these tiny units. This ensures privacy while being able to continue to live independent lives. This structure has been designed to create the smallest functional living space for a single occupant or couple. Larger models with two bedrooms for small families are in the concept phase and will be presented soon.
The structure is 8×23’ which can be built off-site in a shop, shipped by a trailer, and installed on any suitable property. By building these structures inside an enclosed facility we are able to reduce labour and travel costs while ensuring quality protecting it from the weather during every stage of construction. Each home will be constructed to meet building code standards and efficient with heating and cooling. These will be move-in ready units when they are shipped.
With your feedback on this concept, we can revise this Revelstoke MicroHome to provide builders with engineered drawings and ensure buyers know exactly what they are receiving.
If you are a landowner interested in developing or selling your property to locate multiple units among a sustainably designed community we can help. Community Futures has expressed an interest to work with us in finding funding to launch a pilot project. The City of Revelstoke is also interested in bringing this unique housing alternative into our city. With a background in landscape and permaculture design, community development projects and living experience of successful co-living communities we are excited to work with you. Together we can create a beautiful and unique place for people of Revelstoke to live in. Do not hesitate to reach out and share your interest, we’d love to explore what’s possible for you on your property.
On February 9th, we are excited to participate in the Sustainable Living Expo at the Revelstoke Recreation Centre to showcase revised and larger concept designs. During a 15-minute presentation, I will share insight into the tiny house movement, the results of these surveys, and more exciting concept designs.
Do not hesitate to reach out, I’m looking forward to meeting you and please complete our survey.
October 2018 update
We can achieve affordable housing today. We will work with the municipality and region to gain support from organizations searching for results to solve the current housing crisis. We aim to engage community by creating social spaces and shared amenities where people can connect, collaborate and contribute to the village and Revelstoke area. The vision is also about practicing a balanced lifestyle, including spaces for yoga, meditation, and permaculture practices. Please Take This Survey or Read More…
Revelstoke is a rapidly-changing community, and because of tourism, it can easily become just another overpriced resort destination. People from around the world are choosing to live here, but with lots of jobs and nowhere for people to live affordably, we are ready for change.
Each unit will be designed to suit the needs of the people that choose to live there.
There will be 1 and 2 bedroom units with shared communal amenities. Other units will provide space to suit families and the elderly. The property will allow us to grow food and congregate together in shared social spaces.
An emphasis will be placed on creating private unique rental accommodations all while having the opportunity to connect deeply within the community.
I am Adrian Giacca and I am a landscape designer. I have thrown myself into helping solve this issue with you collaboratively.
During my travels, I’ve met many people who also wondered if they could live a simpler life with fewer things. I began to wonder if I could design a place that would allow people to live simply, connect deeply, and contribute to a vision greater than themselves. With that in mind, I traveled to live in ecovillages and co-living communities, participate in workshops learning natural building, and studying permaculture sustainability practices.
By the end of this journey, I accidentally found myself in Revelstoke, B.C. I absolutely fell love with the culture, the outdoor wonderland, and the strong sense that this is a heritage community and not just another resort.
As much as I wanted to stay, I couldn’t find anywhere to live because there was nowhere to rent.
I want to contribute to the community by creating a place for people like me who aim to reduce their carbon footprint, live within a community, all the while being permanently affordable.
So I asked everyone online and offline, “Is there any interest in a micro home community in Revelstoke BC?”
There is massive desire for this.
With the interest of the community, I met with City of Revelstoke Planners to introduce this micro co-living concept. After meeting with the municipality there has been positive interest and feedback to pursue this forward thinking initiative.
I encourage you to connect with me and share your vision by taking the survey here. This is how we can ensure that development in Revelstoke becomes affordable and sustainable.
Thank you for following along,