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Fort St. John revisiting boundary expansion issue

At Monday's City Council meeting, the issue of Fort St. John expanding its boundaries will be revisited, after a decision being postponed last fall.

In October, Council voted to delay having an open house in order to get clarification from the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development on certain boundary extension guidelines.

Staff has now come back, and is recommending Council withdraw the City's application for boundary expansion. In addition, staff recommends asking the Province to clarify the process and requirements for boundary expansion.

Some of the problems seen in the fall included concern that consultations were done some four years earlier, in 2007. The last time Fort St. John looked into boundary expansion was in 2007. At that time there were up to 12 areas of land being considered. This time, they'd narrowed it down to 3 key areas.

A report from staff says if the City were to continue with its expansion application, a new consultation process would be needed, and another look at appropriate locations.

If it so chooses, Council could alternately instruct staff to continue with the proposed boundary expansion. Monday's City Council meeting will take place starting at 3:00 p.m. at City Hall.