City given green light to proceed with alternate approval process for boundary extension

Proposed Boundary Expansion #2 in the Southeast corner of Fort St. John. Photo by City of Fort St. John.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has been given the green light to go to the alternate approval process for the boundary extension.

In August in 2016, the City submitted the formal boundary extension application to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The alternate approval stage gives Fort St. John voters the chance to make the City hold a referendum on the boundary extension.

Those that want to have a referendum are required to get an elector response form, which is available at City Hall and the website. The alternate approval starts on September 22nd, 2016. The deadline to submit the elector response form is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016.

The City says that you must live or own property in Fort St. John.

“Citizens wishing to submit a response form for this Alternative Approval Process must qualify in the same manner as for voting in a local election. The person must live or own property within the City of Fort St. John and meet other requirements for voting as stated on the form.”

The City can proceed with the boundary extension request unless at least 10% of the municipal electors show that a referendum has to be held.

Mayor Lori Ackerman says this is vital for growth in the City.

“This boundary extension is vital to the growth of our city and the region. This next step in the process is the Alternate Approval Process which allows the city’s residents to decide if this requires a full referendum.”

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