PRRD mulls Peace River Lookout study

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By Christine Rumleskie

 

It’s going to take a while before Fort St. John residents see improvements to a popular lookout site.

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After two public consultations, Focus Corporation presented a feasibility study to the Peace River Regional District on Thursday in Chetwynd.

The study explained what it will take to develop the Peace River Lookout, located at the south end of 100th street.

The proposed project is split into five phases, beginning with geotechnical and environmental studies.

Area ‘C’ Director Arthur Hadland attended Thursday’s PRRD meeting. Hadland was one of the original directors to suggest development to the lookout site.

He says the board enjoyed the plans, and instructed staff to move into ‘Phase One’ of the development, which is the stability and environmental analysis.

Hadland says that study won’t be done until 2011, because the board did not allocate funds for the analysis in the 2010 budget. He says it could take one year to complete the study. If the site can be safely developed, then the PRRD will decide whether or not to proceed with the four other stages.

The feasibility study indicates that it will cost up to $1 million to complete all five phases to fully develop the lookout site. The plan incorporates public washrooms, interpretive signs, a public viewing deck and a paved parking lot.

To view a copy of the detailed plan, click on the attachment below.

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