City gives Official Community Plan a green update

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Photo: Planning Consultant Jake Hughson from Urban System (the company that help put the plan together) explains details of the OCP to Fort St. John resident Brent Hodson – Christine Rumleskie/


By Christine Rumleskie

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Fort St. John residents trickled in to City Hall on Thursday to see what the City is doing to tackle global warming.

The open house was to generate feedback on the ‘Sustainability and Climate Change’ update to the Official Community Plan.

The OCP is basically a map that charts the future of Fort St. John. It’s also a framework through which policies and procedures can be developed to make decisions relating to land use and development.

As outlined in the Local Government Act, municipalities must include greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in their community plans.

Fort St. John has a target of reducing emissions by 1% below 2007 levels by 2020. Then, the reduction target increases to 6.5% below 2007 levels by 2025, and then 12% below 2007 levels by 2030.

The City plans to do this through a number of ways, including the implementation of an improved land use pattern, an improved public transportation network, and a focus on increased alternative energy usage.

The City is also proposing a number of guidelines that will be added to the Development Permit Areas section. The guidelines range from water conservation to energy conservation.

For a copy of the proposed Environmental Sustainability update and the Development Permit Areas update, click on the attachments below.

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