City Council has chosen to adopt the Transportation Master Plan, and refer to the updated plan for the future of transportation in Fort St. John.
According to the Council’s request on the decision, the plan is designed to:
- Provide an effective transportation network that connects the community and surrounding areas and allows for the efficient movement of people and goods between residential, commercial, institutional and industrial neighbourhoods.
- Enhance mobility options by providing various transportation choices.
- Give priority to the safety and health of users when planning, designing and operating transportation systems and networks for all seasons.
- Integrate transportation and land use to help minimize the need for new transportation infrastructure.
- Inform the public on transportation issues and networks.
The plan, first presented in June 2014 to Council, was discussed over three Committee of the Whole meetings this year — most recently on August 24th — before being adopted as it is now.
Since the draft was presented last, some changes have been made, including revised trucks/dangerous goods/bypass routes, the revision of a project involving Fish Creek Drive, and adding a new legend in figure for the bike network.
The TMP out is tied closely to other plans the City is working on, and it will help inform strategic plans like the Official Community Plan, Downtown Plan, capital budget, Trail Network plan, parking and other plans, as well as bylaw development.
“It is a very solid report because it will be good information, it will inform the Downtown Revitalization plan, just as that plan informs this one,” said Fort St. John’s city manager, Dianne Hunter.
Read the full report, and more details about the TMP, here.