FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City council approved 2 separate boundary extension proposals at a closed meeting on June 13th.
There had been many meetings with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to decide what the best course of action would be that would reflect the objectives of the city.
The boundary extension proposals involve 2 in the Northeast and 1 in the Southeast.
North East Option 1 has a larger number of parcels and reflects Council’s objectives. Option 2 has a smaller number of parcels, and reflects the Ministry’s guidelines.
Staff have scheduled meetings that involve council and stakeholders to discuss the applications. The goal is to submit final applications to the Ministry by the end of July.
The reasons for the extensions were listed by the city as follows:
- Remaining a growing community
- Ensuring room for growth
- Providing service to industry
- Delivering services in an efficient manner and promoting equity and fairness
Mayor Lori Ackerman says these extensions will help the city to continue to grow.
“These boundary extensions are vital to the growth of our city and the Region. We have the largest population in the region but a very small landmass. With city services, a higher density is available to residents and businesses. This prevents sprawl and loss of valuable agricultural land.”