Starting on June 1, the PRRD will be holding workshops and open houses to gather residents’ input, as it updates the North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan. This is a continuance of a two-year process which began in January 2015. Once the Regional District has gathered information from residents, it will create a draft OCP and put it out to another public engagement session, likely in Fall 2015.
So if you are a stakeholder in the rural areas surrounding Fort St. John, and this includes Charlie Lake, Tea Creek, Baldonnel, South Taylor and the Old Fort, you might want to take advantage of this opportunity, to not only find out what the PRRD’s vision for the future is, but have your say as well.
Area C Director Brad Sperling, Chair of the North Peace Fringe Area OCP Steering Committee, encourages everyone with an interest to take part in this process.
“The rural areas around Fort St. John and Taylor are experiencing significant growth pressure and our planning needs to keep pace. This update to the official community plan will help better deal with growth, while protecting the qualities of rural life we enjoy. To facilitate that, we need residents to share their experience living, working and playing in the rural area,” said Sperling.
Regional District residents are invited to attend any one of the two morning workshops. The first workshop, on June 1 at the North Peace Cultural Centre will explore land use patterns across the entire fringe area; while the second, on June 2 at the Charlie Lake Community Hall will explore land use patterns and development specifically in the Charlie Lake area. Both workshops begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon.
Three Open Houses have been scheduled at this time, June 1 at the NPCC from 5–8 p.m., June 2 at the Charlie Lake Community Hall from 5-8 p.m., and June 3 at Baldonnel Elementary School from 5-8 p.m. There is also an online survey residents can fill out if you are unable to attend either the workshops or the open houses. Go to northpeaceocp.metroquest.ca to complete the survey.
You can also learn more about this plan at the Peace River Regional District’s website – North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan