Iconic Mt. Begbie. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Iconic Mt. Begbie. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Revelstoke’s iconic Mt. Begbie protected for at least five years

Clovechok announced a moratorium on Crown Land applications has been approved

There will be no new developments on Mt. Begbie for the next five years.

According to MLA Doug Clovechok for Columbia-River Revelstoke, the Ministry of Forests has granted a section 17 order, preventing any new Land Act applications on Mt. Begbie for the next five years.

“This is all Revelstoke,” Clovechok said. “I’m the weapon, they were the ammunition.”

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Though existing tenures still apply, no new applications will be considered for the area.

In the fall of 2019 there was an open house outlining proposed plans for a commercial development on the mountain which would have included a hut and chalet in the alpine, near the glacier.

READ MORE: You’re going to have a fight on your hands’: development proposed on iconic Mount Begbie

Following that proposal a community movement, which included support from the city and the CSRD, asked that the province protect the mountain and create a land use plan for the area.

In July, the city received a letter from the province rejecting the request, saying they did not have time this year but it would be considered in the future.

From there a petition was created.

Clovechok presented it to the legislature is August. At the time it had over 1,300 signatures.

READ MORE: Petition to protect Mt. Begbie goes to the province

He followed up the petition with a request for a moratorium on development, which was granted today, Dec. 17, 2020.

READ MORE: MLA requests Mt. Begbie development moratorium on heels of petition

READ MORE: ‘It’s our iconic mountain’: Province rejects proposal to protect Mt. Begbie

“Now the hard work starts,” Clovechok said.

The next step will be to create a land use plan and it will be a community led process. Luckily other areas are facing similar processes, such as the Columbia Valley, that planning process is being led by the mayor of Radium.

READ MORE: What’s in a name? The story of Mt. Begbie

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