Council makes changes to proposed boundary extensions

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City Council has approved a request to amend the proposed boundary extension discussed and carried on November 9 so that it would include Canfor’s plant currently east of the City.

A request for decision from Monday afternoon’s meeting read that City staff met with Canfor’s Plant Manager three days later after that decision, and received a letter requesting consideration for Canfor’s properties to be included in the proposed boundary extension.

Following this move, Council will reach out to affected property owners and discuss the next steps of the process involved in officially extending the city’s boundaries.

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In the same meeting, Council turned down a request to amend Boundary Extension Council Policy No. 129/13, which would give newly incorporated properties an OCP and zoning designation of ‘Agricultural’ temporarily, until members of the Planning and Engineering department could take a look at the property and designate zoning for it.

Director of Legislative and Administrative Services Janet Prestley said the request came from Planning and Engineering department, and the policy would have acted as a buffer for new properties waiting to receive a proper zone.

Part of the proposed changes reads:

Should the City identify a need to amend the land use for a property(ies) other than Agriculture, the City will initiate an OCP and Zoning Amendment process.

City Planning staff will engage with each affected property owner individually to solicit comment on the suitable land use designation and zoning.

Once determined, amending bylaws will be drafted for the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaws.

Mayor Lori Ackerman called the process ‘onerous,’ with concerns about putting pressure on the North Peace Fringe area.

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