Want a say in Fort St. John's future? City to launch public consultations

New schools. An amusement park. A modern library. A community gym.

Those are just some of the amenities residents envision for Fort St. John in 2030 as "graffiti walls" rolled out across the city on Wednesday. 

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The walls are part of a series of talks the city is launching as it updates its official community plan -- a blueprint of policies mapping out of the city will tackle infrastructure, services, land development, environmental issues, arts and more.

"Fort St. John's Official Community Plan is the vision for the community that we, as citizens of the community, seek to create” Mayor Lori Ackerman said in a statement. 

The city has launched "graffiti walls" for residents to jot down their thoughts at the North Peace Cultural Centre, the Pomeroy Sport Centre, Whole Wheat & Honey Cafe, North Peace Secondary, the senior's hall, the pool, and at city hall.

It will also host public sessions June 14 to 16 at Whole Wheat & Honey from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Residents must register by June 10 by contacting Jeryn Mackey at jmackey@urbansystems.ca

Workshops are slated for the Pomeroy Sport Centre June 20 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and city staff will be soliciting feedback at Canada Day festivities in Centennial Park.

“As we go through the process of developing our OCP, it is essential that your voice is heard on what you want to preserve, enhance, change or improve," Ackerman said.

The city's current plan was adopted in 2011, however, the city says provincial legislation recommends communities update or replace their plan every five years.

The current plan is available on the city's website.

For more, visit PlaceSpeak.com/ourvisionfsj. 

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