Council chambers were almost packed full with residents of Fort St. John, but it only took 5 minutes for council make the motion to pass the request onto the ministry for approval.
The decision was made in such a swift manner because city staff only received 3 Elector Response Forms, which indicates the amount of residents who are opposed to the extension.
“I just want to point out here that staff went above and beyond reaching out to non resident voters to ensure they were aware of the process,” Mayor Lori Ackerman said.
City staff would have had to receive a little over 1,300 forms for them to be mandated by the ministry to hold a referendum before obtaining approval.
The City of Fort St. John says they’ll be out of available industrial and residential land within the next few years if growth continues as anticipated.
The city has successfully obtained 2 boundary extensions in the past 25 years, once in 1989 to include the South Sewer Lagoons and Community Forest, and again in 2001 for the inclusion of the OSB Plant.
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