City receives application for telecommunications tower

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — In November, the City received an application for the construction of a 46-metre self-supporting structure located on the property located at 8527 100 Street. City staff noted the lot has frontage on both 100 Street and 98 Street – the location of the antenna is towards 98th Street.

However, the administrative report notes that the City is not the approving authority for telecommunication antenna structures. Instead, the Federal Minister of Industry is the approving authority.

“In cases where the City does not support a proposal, it cannot prevent a proponent from ultimately gaining permission from Industry Canada for a telecommunication antenna structure,” reads the administrative report.

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“The letter of concurrence or non-concurrence forms part of Industry Canada’s approval process.”

City staff did not identify any concerns with the proposal, nor did the Ministry of Transportation.

Notice of the proposal to construct a telecommunication tower with date and time of the Open House was shared on the City’s twitter and Facebook Page on Jul. 16, as well as through an ad in the Alaska Highway News, later on Aug. 11. Signage was also placed on site.

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The Open House was held on Aug. 18, and the comment period was extended to Sept. 2. Notices were mailed to affected property owners within a 150-metre radius on Jul. 14, with Aug. 7 being the deadline for comments.

Through the public process, the City says no comments were received by the applicant or by staff. Also, the Open House was attended by only the applicant and City staff.

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