North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan

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The new North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan is going to Public Hearing on September 20, 2022! All residents are encouraged to review and provide their feedback on the draft in advance of the Public Hearing, or attend the public hearing in person.

Click here to see an interactive map of the North Peace Fringe Area, including proposed designations and boundaries.


Public Hearing Information:

September 20, 2022 at 6pm

1st Floor Meeting Room - Pomeroy Sports Centre
9324 96 St.
Fort St John, BC V1J 6J8


What is an Official Community Plan and why does it matter?

An Official Community Plan sets out the vision for an area for the future. It provides a framework to guide decision-making on land use planning matters including where new growth and development will be directed to, what uses are permitted and how areas will be protected for things like agriculture, recreation and the environment.

The new North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan is going to Public Hearing on September 20, 2022! All residents are encouraged to review and provide their feedback on the draft in advance of the Public Hearing, or attend the public hearing in person.

Click here to see an interactive map of the North Peace Fringe Area, including proposed designations and boundaries.


Public Hearing Information:

September 20, 2022 at 6pm

1st Floor Meeting Room - Pomeroy Sports Centre
9324 96 St.
Fort St John, BC V1J 6J8


What is an Official Community Plan and why does it matter?

An Official Community Plan sets out the vision for an area for the future. It provides a framework to guide decision-making on land use planning matters including where new growth and development will be directed to, what uses are permitted and how areas will be protected for things like agriculture, recreation and the environment.

  • Attend the Public Hearing, share your thoughts!

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    The PRRD is hosting a public hearing to discuss the new proposed North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan. Join us on September 20 at 6 pm at the Pomeroy Sport Centre to review the plan and share your thoughts!


    Learn more here.

  • Virtual Open House Presentation

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    Did you miss the open houses on November 4 and November 6? The presentation is available to view here!

  • What's in this OCP?

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    REVIEW ALL DOCUMENTS HERE


    What's new:

    • Old Fort Area - Lands within the Agricultural Land Reserve that are currently designated as Ag (LSI reserve) west of Enterprise Way are proposed to be designated as “Industrial Study Area” within the Study Area Lands designation rather than Light Service Industrial (LSI), given further analysis is required in order to determine the need for additional industrial land in this area;
    • Old Fort is now proposed to be designated as Geohazard Study Area Lands in alignment with recent geotechnical studies and investigations. This will allow the new NPFA OCP to move forward and ensure that additional planning and review of the Old Fort area can take place and staff can bring forward proposed designations later when appropriate.
    • There is a new section on growth management which includes additional information about population growth and land demands. It sets out direction for future comprehensive development planning around Fort St. John and Taylor. It also includes policies surrounding the need for protection of agricultural land, rural lifestyle and the environment.
    • Housing Needs Assessment information has been incorporated into various sections throughout the document, including the creation of a new Section on Housing.

    What's changed:

    • Development Permit Areas have been updated to ensure that they match the land use designations and reflect the need to protect the natural environment and agricultural lands, as well as ensure that development in the NPFA is of a high quality.
    • Land Uses have been changed or updated as shown on the attached mapping. These changes will help to guide and direct growth and development within the NPFA.
    • The entire document has been updated to ensure it is in line with all current provincial and federal acts and regulations.

    Main themes:

    • Protection of rural lifestyle for current and future residents.
    • Collaboration on growth management, long range planning and Fringe Area planning.
    • Protection of agricultural land for agricultural purposes.
    • Sustainable resource management and community development.
  • Project History

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    June 2015

    • Initial review of the North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan (NPFA OCP) begins.
    • PRRD hosted a public engagement event.


    February 2016

    • PRRD hosted another public engagement event.


    January 2018

    • PRRD hosted another public engagement event.


    May 2021

    • Staff presented an update report on the status of the NPFA OCP to the Board.


    June 2021

    • Staff held a meeting with the Steering Committee and proceeded to incorporate the comments received into the draft bylaw.


    October 2021

    • Staff presented the draft NPFA OCP to the Board for 1st Reading.


    November 2021

    • Public Open Houses were held.


    March 2022

    • Staff presented the draft NPFA OCP to the Board for 2nd Reading.


    July 2022

    • Agricultural Land Commission endorsed the draft NPFA OCP


    August 2022

    • Staff presented the revised draft NPFA OCP to the Board to rescind and redo 2nd Reading based on the ALC's direction.
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