The City of Fort St. John is creating an Area Plan for the Swanson Lumber Road area
What is an Area Plan?
An Area Plan is a secondary plan to the Official Community Plan (OCP) that supports and further identifies the future development of land within a specific area of the City. Linked to the OCP through an amendment, Area Plans include specific policy direction and maps to describe a variety of topics including land uses, major infrastructure, services, development phasing over time. Key community development aspects must be addressed and are important factors to consider for the future development of these lands.
Why is it Needed?
The completion of an Area Plan is required for the future development described in the OCP for urban development area #8 Swanson Lumber Road and will see the neighbourhood plan amended to the OCP.
Where the OCP is a future-oriented document that sets a 5 to 20-year vision for the community, the Area Plan will provide guidance and direction specific for this area for decisions on land development, infrastructure and community quality of life.
What’s Involved? The Area Planning Process
Area Planning work will be led by the City’s Planning division and will include key review and input to ensure the alignment of other plans, strategies, bylaws, and policies within the Official Community Plan and to ensure the connectivity of the community’s vision to the implementation of the Official Community Plan.
This work builds off the initial Let’s Talk Neighbourhood Plans work that was started in 2020 before being placed on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Get Involved?
The project process will include conversations with stakeholders, property owners, and sharing the draft for feedback through a public survey and a public open house. Public opportunities for feedback are planned to take place Winter 2022.
Following the feedback heard from the community, the Area Plan will be reviewed by key agencies for support before it is presented for Bylaw adoption.
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Who Can I Contact if I Have Questions?
Send questions to Planning staff via email to email@example.com, or phone Renee Jamurat, Planning Manager at 250-787-5786.