New Fort St. John seniors development set for public hearing

Fort St. John city council will hold a public hearing July 22 on a proposed new seniors living community next to the hospital.

Peace Holdings is looking to redesignate and rezone 10 acres of land at 10763 86 Street into a new comprehensive development zone, which would create a mix of residential, commercial, and recreational space for the city's growing seniors population, and set guidelines for their development.

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"There is a need for seniors and affordable housing within the community and staff is in support of this application," city staff noted in a report to council July 8.

There are roughly 250 seniors waiting for housing, and the city's senior population 65 years and older predicted to jump by 171% by 2036.

The development, billed as an active adult community, is being designed for what's called a "full continuum of care" that will allow residents to age in place. It's planned to include commercial amenities such as medical offices, a pharmacy, and a coffee shop.

If approved, the development will have to follow special development regulations, including limits to building heights to accommodate the potential for a helipad for the hospital.

A public hearing is scheduled for July 22 at 6 p.m. in council chambers.

If approved, it would also be one of the last amendments to the city's current zoning bylaw. An updated draft of the bylaw is expected to be presented to council for debate in August. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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