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Fort St. John Official Community Plan

Overview

Our Vision Our Future. The City of Fort St. John is updating its Official Community Plan

The draft Official Community Plan is now ready to share with the community!  Over the last year the City has invited citizens to participate in the creation of a community vision to guide decision-making for the future – a document called the Official Community Plan or OCP.  The City has asked for citizens’ participation to help inform Fort St. John’s vision by telling us what you like about our existing OCP and what you would like to see moving forward.  Check out the ‘Where We Are At?’ page for information about the current phase – Community Rollout.

“Fort St John’s Official Community Plan is the vision for the community that we, as citizens of the community, seek to create. As we go through the process of developing our OCP, it is essential that your voice is heard on what you want to preserve, enhance, change or improve.” – Mayor Lori Ackerman.

What is an Official Community Plan?

An Official Community Plan is the highest level policy document – it informs and guides how the community grows for the next 15+ years.

The Official Community Plan should be a visionary and future oriented document that answers:

What do we want our community to be in the future?

How are we going to get there?

Why is it Important?

The current Official Community Plan was adopted in 2011. Since that time, a lot has happened in Fort St. John, including implementing of a variety of new master plans, strategies and other policies.

When complete, the new Official Community Plan will provide a clear guide for Council, City staff, community members, developers, government agencies, industries, businesses and other stakeholders to shape Fort St. John as it grows into the future towards 2030.

How to Get Involved?

The City provided a number of opportunities for people to participate in the process – some of which include: “Let’s Talk – Community Engagement” social media, workshops, World Cafes, booths at community events and surveys. You can find the event listing and all of the information on the project here on the “Let’s Talk – Community Engagement” site, in the City’s Community Calendar.

So far...

Phase 6: Community Rollout

In October 2017, the draft Official Community Plan document and mapping was shared with the community.  The draft document and maps are available through the links below:

Draft Official Community Plan – Schedule A text only
Schedule B – Land Use map
Schedule C – Development Constraints map
Schedule D – Parks, Natural Areas & Trails Network map
Schedule E – Transportation map
Schedule F – Water Servicing map
Schedule G – Sanitary Sewer Servicing map
Schedule H – Development Permit Areas map

Here is what’s NEW in the draft Official Community Plan:

  • Updated Vision and New Guiding Principles
  • Growing Together – section on partnerships extending beyond the City
  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Vacant, Underutilized or Brownfield Lands Development
  • Activating the Downtown (implementing the 2015 Downtown Action Plan)
  • Land Uses, including : Downtown Residential, Downtown Commercial Mixed Use, Public Utility and Urban Development Areas
  • Community Development sections, including: Accessibility & Multi-Generational, Climate Change Adaptation and Financial Sustainability
  • Revamped Development Permit Areas
  • New background information including: Regional Context, Projected Land & Housing Needs

The OCP team also held pop-up booths at locations around the City from October 11 to 15, 2017.

Wednesday October 11, 9:45 – 10:45 am & 4:00 – 6:00 pm
North Peace Leisure Pool

Saturday October 14, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
North Peace Cultural Centre

Sunday October 15, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Pomeroy Sports Centre (2nd Floor)

Phase 5: Finalizing the Official Community Plan

Phase 5 finalized the Official Community Plan document and mapping. Underway from October 2016 to August 2017, this phase involved work such as a final review of the draft by the OCP team and a legal review of the draft document.

Phase 4: Community Engagement – Draft Official Community Plan

In Phase 4, community engagement was held to get input on the draft Official Community Plan document and mapping, at various events throughout the Fall of 2016. The first of these events included sharing an update on the work completed at the MOOSE FM Block Party on September 10th, 2016.

Phase 3: Drafting of the Official Community Plan

Phase 3 was work to draft the Official Community Plan document and mapping. This phase was completed in 2016 and involved updates at Council meetings in 2016, and workshops with Council in order to help inform key areas of the draft OCP document.

Phase 2: Community Engagement – Visioning

June 14 to 16: World Cafes at Whole Wheat and Honey – Complete.

Community Event Booths, Graffiti Walls, Visioning Sessions, Surveys – Complete.

 

 

 

Highlights from the OCP Visioning Summary Report

The Summary Report captures all the input heard from the community through the various community engagement activities held in June and early July of 2016.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our engagement activities! Over 120 surveys have been completed to-date; 7 Graffiti Wall Stations, 3 World Cafes, 3 days of Stakeholder Visioning Sessions, a Council Workshop and an engagement booth at the Canada Day festivities at Centennial Park.

Four overarching themes emerged from this visioning phase which includes:  Quality of Life; Balance; Diversity; and Implementation. Check out the full Summary Report for more information.

Where are we at?

 

 

Phase 6 Continued: Adoption Process

The draft Official Community Plan document and mapping was shared with the community during the month of October 2017  & is now in the bylaw reading process.

The Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2388, 2017 was given first reading at the Regular Council Meeting on November 14, 2017.  Following comment from Agricultural Land Commission, the OCP will be presented to Council for second reading, at a Regular Council meeting anticipated in early 2018.

Please send questions to staff via email to ocp@fortstjohn.ca, or phone Renee Jamurat, Planning Manager at (250) 787-8150.  ‘Like us’ on the City’s Facebook page or @fortstjohn on Twitter to stay up to date on this process.

For more information, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet.

As part of Phase 6, the draft Official Community Plan document and mapping was shared with the community.  The draft document and maps are available through the links below:

 

Here is what’s NEW in the draft Official Community Plan:

  • Updated Vision and New Guiding Principles
  • Growing Together – section on partnerships extending beyond the City
  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Vacant, Underutilized or Brownfield Lands Development
  • Activating the Downtown (implementing the 2015 Downtown Action Plan)
  • Land Uses, including : Downtown Residential, Downtown Commercial Mixed Use, Public Utility and Urban Development Areas
  • Community Development sections, including: Accessibility & Multi-Generational, Climate Change Adaptation and Financial Sustainability
  • Revamped Development Permit Areas
  • New background information including: Regional Context, Projected Land & Housing Needs

Next steps?

Phase 6 Continued: Adoption Process

The Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2388, 2017 was given first reading at the Regular Council Meeting on November 14, 2017. Following comment from Agricultural Land Commission, the OCP will be presented to Council for second reading, at a Regular Council meeting anticipated in early 2018.

Adoption of the OCP is anticipated for early 2018. Be sure to check back here for updates.

Send questions to staff via email to ocp@fortstjohn.ca, or phone Renee Jamurat, Planning Manager at (250) 787-8150.  ‘Like us’ on the City’s Facebook page or @fortstjohn on Twitter to stay up to date on this process.

For more information, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet.

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