City gauging interest from rural property owners in extending municipal boundaries

The city is still looking to hear from rural property owners on the Eastern edge of the city who may want their property to shift from being from the Peace River Regional District to Fort St. John.

Director of Legislative and Administrative Services Janet Prestley says that all the city is conducting is a survey of interest, and not by any means a call for property owners to sign up for inclusion in the city.

This move would involve extending the boundaries of Fort St. John.

She adds that the numbers will go before council and a decision will be made there, with many factors in mind – such as where they are located, if it’s realistic to incorporate the property owners, and what kind of impact it would have on future infrastructure.

“With any boundary extension, it has to be a large percentage of the people in the area that want to be incorporated,” Prestley said.

The biggest benefit for rural residents if boundaries were extended, she notes, would be access to services such as fire protection, and the ability to tie into the mainline for sewage and water – given that the city extends there services that far out.

Right now, 15 property owners have been acknowledged, and Prestley says there are at least few more nods to count when the total goes to council – around September 30th.

She urges property owners interested to get in touch by the end of the month, but the city will still take into consideration submissions that come in slightly late.