Residential zoning, on-street parking an issue addressed for future planning

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“I heard it several times yesterday at the Trade Show about the areas where the duplexes are and the vehicles are parked there, and they’re parked there for more than 24 hours, or two-weeks,” says Councillor Bruce Christensen. “So in a new subdivision, if we had larger lots for the duplexes, can we put some stipulation on it…where the people…in those units must park off-street?”

The issue was mentioned after the city’s planning manager Renee Jamurat completed her powerpoint on Fort St. John’s housing mix and built-out statistics – part of the Official Community Plan.

The target of Fort St. John’s OCP is to have one third of all city land used for housing – with a “desirable mix” of housing type. More specifically, it calls for 50 per cent single family detached, 20 per cent semi-detached, 20 per cent multi-family and 10 per cent alternative housing.

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Another key recommendation coming from council is the possibility of a residential rezoning of R2; whereas there’s a clear distinction of constructing a duplex, suite and single family home.

City staff will now conduct further research regarding concerns with the R2 zone and duplexes, as well as best practices of discouraging residents from simply ‘resetting the clock’ when their allowed 24 hours of on-street parking is up, and other communities’ bylaws for enforcing it.

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