City receives application for two joint utility poles

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has received an application from Cypress Land Services Inc., for the installation of two 15.85 metre joint use BC Hydro/Telus utility poles located at 86th Street and 115th Avenue and north of 100th Avenue and east of 88th Street.

Council also authorized staff to issue a letter of occurrence to Cypress Land Services Inc.

“The City of Fort St. John received an application on August 23rd, 2016 for the construction of two joint use BC Hydro/Telus utility poles. In both locations, existing utility poles are proposed to be replaced with taller poles that would enable wireless equipment to be attached. No equipment is to be located at ground level. Both poles are currently approximately 12 metres in height and are proposed to be replaced with poles that will be 15.85 metres in height, for an increase of approximately 4.1 metres for each pole. Both utility poles are currently located within existing rights-of-way .

Site 1: One pole is proposed to be located on 86 Street, just south of 115 Avenue.

Site 2: One pole is proposed to be located within a laneway north of 100 Avenue and east of 88 Street.”

It is also important to note that the City is  not the approving authority for such a project. The Federal Minister of Industry is the point of approval. The City’s Development Services Department reviews proposals and recommends that Council issue a letter of concurrence or non-concurrence based on the details of the proposal. When the City does not support a proposal, that doesn’t stop the company from ultimately getting permission from Industry Canada for a telecommunication antenna structure. The letter of compliance or non-compliance is apart of the approval process as a whole.