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Swanson Lumber Road Area Plan

Project Overview

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.

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.

In Spring 2022, discussions were held with property owners and other agencies.

Next Steps

Staff have been working towards a revised area plan using the original Draft Swanson Lumber Road Area Plan and the feedback received during the referral period that is consistent with the direction of the Official Community Plan and Industrial Land Strategy while also ensuring that it generally meets the supported direction of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). This process has taken longer than expected; however, Staff are optimistic that the updated plan will reflect the growth needs of the city and hope to present the revised area plan to Council for consideration in mid-2024.

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