City to meet with affect property owners over boundary extension

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City will be meeting with property owners who would be affected by a possible boundary extension tomorrow night.

City Council was provided with an information update on the extension of City boundaries during Monday’s Council meeting. An administrative report to Council says the City met once with affected property owners on Dec. 8, 2015, at the Northern Grand Hotel.

“This was an introductory meeting to explain the rationale for a boundary extension and to provide general information,” the report reads.

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Following individualized packages being sent out on Jan. 15 to these property owners, the City will again be hosting a meeting tomorrow night, again at the Northern Grande Hotel, at 7 p.m. This meeting is for the affected property owners only, and not for the general public.

This new meeting is to provide opportunities for property owners to ask questions about their specific property to staff — the planning, engineering, finance, strategic services, public works, administration, and bylaw departments of the City will be attending.

The individualized packages property owners received contained a rural and urban property tax comparison, each property’s current Regional District OCP/zoning designations, and a formal response form, which must be submitted to the City by  4:30 p.m. on Feb. 26.


Once that deadline passes, the responses received will be part of an administration report, to be discussed as part of Council’s Mar. 14 agenda.

The report references the Council’s Boundary Extension Policy, stating ‘existing land uses for occupied properties will be grandfathered until such time as the property is rezoned or the land use changes.’

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