The Peace River Regional District is putting on hold, for now, any permits relating to development variance, temporary use, official community plan bylaw amendments and zoning amendments near the Old Fort settlement.
In a statement posted on the regional district's website July 6, it said :
“The deferral period will remain in place until the Ministry of Transportation has completed all geo-technical studies of Old Fort Road, and made a final determination on the long-term plan for the road as it relates to sustainable access.”
The PRRD is asking the Province for a clearer picture into the risks, if any, that might result with future development of a section of land termed the Geo-hazard Study Area – the area outlined in red on a map provided with the statement. (see above)
“While the PRRD has not received a definitive timeline from MoTI (ministry of transportation & infrastructure) as to when it might solidify a direction for sustainable access, the Ministry is planning to do further assessment this fall to further refine the access options highlighted in their December 3, 2021 report, Old Fort Options Analysis Study.
One of the options being considered is stabilization work on the existing road.
A link to the the regional district's complete announcement can be found here.