FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Staff from Fort St. John are recommending that no changes be made to the current paving Bylaw.
Kalmar Construction was looking to be exempt from paving a road that they consider to be private.
City Staff however have come back with a report, which they were asked to do by Council, that has found that they believe it would not be beneficial to change the Bylaw.
“Currently the City requires that the complete access to the parking area be hard surfaced; this addresses fire department access, mud mitigation onto city streets and/or dust reduction especially in the case presented to Council as many heavy vehicles would be accessing this property each day. Staff do not recommend a change to the existing requirements. If Council were to direct staff to modify the requirements, there should be a large minimum length of hard surfaced access required to ensure that the mud and dust issues are mitigated. That lot and economic development continues in a balanced and sustainable manner without negatively affecting the City’s infrastructure, drastically increasing maintenance requirements or the use and enjoyment of the neighbouring properties.”
Dust was a big concern to the City. Also of concern was access for emergency vehicles. When a road is not paved, it is harder for emergency vehicles to access a residence with unpaved roads.