New neighbourhood design showcases new ideas, challenges

David Rousseau of Archemy Consulting speaks about energy strategies for Fort St. John’s new neighbourhood at last night’s public presentation – Johanna Henderson/Energeticcity.ca

Fort St. John residents finally got sneak peak into the city’s plans for over 20 acres of city-adjacent land along the East Bypass road. Last night about 70 people gathered at a public presentation at the Pomeroy Hotel to see the plans for the new community. Sebastian Moffat of the Sheltaire group, one of the key stakeholder companies in the design, chaired a presentation over two hours long outlining the various features of the new community. Some of the proposed features include a community garden and farm, an alternative school, a multipurpose civic centre and a citadel. Proposed housing for the area includes several types of housing, including detached and semi-detached homes, apartments, stacked townhouses and seniors’ housing. Moffat said the site for the new neighbourhood had both advantages and disadvantages, but perhaps the biggest concern for the group was uncertainty surrounding placement of a helipad on the site of the new hospital, adjacent to the neighbourhood. Depending on the placement of the helipad, the design group feared that Transport Canada regulations would prevent construction higher than one story in the surrounding area. The issue is a concern because design of the new hospital is being planned independently from the neighbourhood. However, city manager Dianne Hunter says the city is confident the issue will be able to be resolved. [asset|aid=539|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=da1221df0e8d533ef0186d198b041785-Hunter-1_2_Pub.mp3] The next step for the project is the refining and polishing stage, where the design group will take feedback received from the public at last night’s presentation and use it to revise its plans.

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