North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan

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The draft of the proposed new North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan is available for public review and feedback. All residents are encouraged to review and provide their feedback on the draft and associated mapping via the tools on this project page. Your feedback will be used to further shape the final document.

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 draft of the proposed new North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan is available for public review and feedback. All residents are encouraged to review and provide their feedback on the draft and associated mapping via the tools on this project page. Your feedback will be used to further shape the final document.

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.

  • Interactive OCP Map

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  • What's in this OCP?

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    REVIEW ALL DOCUMENTS HERE


    What's new:

    • The Old Fort area is designated as an area of non-decision and shown greyed on the mapping. This means that the new NPFA OCP will not include this area and the old OCP will remain in effect. 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 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.
  • History

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    June 2015
    Initial review of the North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan (NPFA OCP) begins.

    June 2015
    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.

Page last updated: 15 October 2021, 16:58