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Anglican Church holds Open House to showcase proposed new building site

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Anglican Church in Fort St. John held an Open House yesterday evening to show the public the plans for the proposed new church.

The land proposed for the church is located at 8907 – 112th Avenue.

The Anglican Church is wanting to change the land use from Low Density Residential to Institutional to allow for the development of a church on the site.

At the Open House last night, The City of Fort St. John representative Jennifer Decker said the church has been able to provide them with a plan showing the layout, showing the proposal so that Council can see what they are proposing and how it would work on the lot they would like to put it on.

“It could change slightly as they work through the process because this is the starting point. They won’t be tied to this exact plan but generally the size and the sighting is working for the lot and what they want to do.”

The City says processes like this usually take 2 Council sessions to go through.

“They will go for the first and second. Hopefully in December.”

The second meeting will be a public hearing. Dates have not been officially set for when the 2 meetings will take place.

Council will consider all comments and make a decision. Staff has done some referrals with internal and external agencies according to Decker.

She says the main concerns the City has been hearing have been around parking and traffic when it comes to the new church site.

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“I think what we’ve been hearing is concerns around parking and traffic. It is such an issue in this town. In our zoning bylaws there are certain amounts of parking they have to have. So in order to build the church, they will have to provide the parking.”

The City will send direct mail notifications to those within 100 metres that the building could be taking place. Everyone in close proximity will receive a letter notifying them of the public hearing that the City will be holding. There will be newspaper ads for the general public.

The City says a rezoning can take around 4-6 months to complete from the start of the process to the end.

The City of Fort St. John is asking those that wish to have comments included in the report that will go to Council to email developmentservices@fortstjohn.ca.

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