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BC Government starts engagement on Fort St. John land use planning

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The provincial government is working in collaboration with Blueberry River First Nations and other Treaty 8 First Nations to update and amend the land use plan.

Until March 6, 2019, at 4 p.m. comments on the process and scope of the amendments are being accepted; HERE

Wednesday, February 20th, from 5 p.m to 9 p.m at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre there will be an open house, registration on the website is requested, but not required, to attend.

Urban Systems consulting firm has been retained to support the Province in gathering community feedback through an online survey, interviews, meetings and open house(s). This is to ensure that everyone with interests in land and resource management in the area is included in an opportunity to provide input into potential plan updates and amendments to the plan.

The government shares, the original plan was completed in 1997 identifying resource management zones and protected areas on provincial public land, setting out objectives and strategies for how the land and resources are managed. In order to update the plan, the first step is to get an idea of what changes may be required based on the growth and changes to northeast B.C. over the past 20 years.

The feedback in the scoping process will be reviewed by the B.C. government and Urban Systems and summarized in a “what we heard” report that will be publicly available in spring 2019.

The government shares, once the scope of the Fort St. John Land and Resource Management Plan updates and amendments are understood, the technical planning work will begin. Further engagement with First Nations, local governments, industry, stakeholders and the public will also be part of the technical planning. This portion of the land and resource management plan update process is expected to begin in spring 2019.

The Fort St. John Land and Resource Management update and amendment process is anticipated to take up to two years, into spring 2021.

For more information; CLICK HERE

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