City to look at parking and traffic bylaws after complaints from residents

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be taking a look at the traffic and parking bylaws after complains from residents.

Mayor Lori Ackerman said the city will be looking at making amendments to the current bylaws, after the concerns showed a need for reviewing.

Anita and Chris Nieskens asked the City to take a look at the bylaw. The bylaw does not allow people to park RV’s or any type vehicle like that in residential driveways. They say the City is being contradictory.

“We were informed by Bylaw Enforcement that they only enforce a Bylaw when a complaint is received. To say that anyone can disregard any Bylaw until a complaint is received is contradictory to the Bylaws you have put in place as City Council.”

The couple had a complaint launched against them. They now say they are removing the said vehicle from their property.

“We are one of the unfortunate people that have had a complaint placed against them for violation of this Bylaw and are removing our said vehicle. We were also told that as the Bylaw states we cannot have this vehicle parked at our residence at any time, even for the short period of time for the purpose of loading or unloading of items/supplies for it.”

Another letter from Pamela and Tavis Cameron complains about an RV that has been blocking their view of oncoming pedestrians and vehicles.

“regarding a Motorhome parked at 9516 114 Avenue that has been obstructing our view of oncoming bicyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles since May 4, 2016.”

They have been in communication with City staff, and the reasoning is confusing, the couple says.

“While the above city employees have made it clear that they are unwilling to enforce City of Fort St. John Traffic Bylaw No. 702, 1979 Section 3, Part II, Paragraph A, Clause 1 (as laid out in an e-mail from Michael), there have been various and confusing reasons given for not pursuing enforcement.”

“It is very difficult to see oncoming traffic when stepping out. Unfortunately our neighbour has made it clear he will not be moving his vehicle and therefore assisting us in our ability to view the road. After numerous near misses with children on bikes, 2 separate women running, a couple walking their dog and a gentleman on a bicycle we are frustrated that bylaw aside, there is little regard from your office for public safety. We are telling the City of Fort St. John that there is a legitimate safety concern for its citizens and want it on record with all levels of city hall.”

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