The decision was made during this week’s City Council meeting after city staff reviewed the four requests and found Tantus Solutions to be the most cost-effective and within the city’s $50,000 budget for the project.
The review will encompass operating procedures, internal policies, existing bylaws, processes and the operating structure.
“The review will seek to maximize effectiveness and efficiencies in a regularly environment while maintaining a level of adherence to sound development practices and building standards,” General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland writes in his request for decision.
The review will also look to improve the building inspection process, which includes a clarification of their role and scope of responsibility.
“Early approval will allow work on the review to occur over winter months prior to the 2015 construction season,” Shopland said in an earlier statement. “The goal of the process review is to provide clear and proactive processes and procedures to streamline the development process for the development community and make the City of Fort St. John a positive contributor to planned and strategic development decisions.”
According to Shopland’s statement, development in Fort St. John has nearly doubled since 2012; whereas during that year that city had $63.7 million in construction projects, and as of October 31 2012, they’ve had over $120.8 million in proposed projects.
“With rapid growth in the region expected to continue, the city is committed to ensuring the development community continues to receive excellent service.” Shopland concluded.
Shopland was unavailable at the time of publication to confirm the date in which this review will begin.