Mayor Ackerman reflects on 2014 and what’s ahead in 2015

first_imgThe Mayor says we are facing tremendous growth, “In order to make sure its a permanent, sustainable and vital community that’s built, we will have to continue work with our neighbours, other levels of government, our neighbouring first nations communities and our industries.  We need to keep in focus the community that our residents told us they want to see built.”With that in mind, Mayor and Council are looking at the development process in the City.  Council has already approved a development audit that will look at how the City deals with development permits and the process those permits takes to get approved.Some of the Mayor’s highlights from 2014 include watching Westjet gain speed, the accelerated growth that we’ve seen in the community and the announcement that Site C will move forward.  She goes on to say that Site C will have the biggest effect on our community in 2015, but proposed LNG projects on the West Coast could have an even greater impact.  “If LNG moves forward, even at the pace, that it’s expected to by the Conference Board of Canada, Site C will just be a blip on the map in a 50 year time frame.”- Advertisement -Last year the Cities boundaries were expanded to include 11 more parcels of land.  That change will help with the expected growth.  Before that approval, the Mayor says Fort St. John covered the second smallest geographically area in Northeast B.C. of any other City, District or Town, even though we have the highest population.Mayor Ackerman says we’ve seen a lot of new people move to our community.  “It’s remarkable to see how they are engaging with the community.  Really finding Fort St. John does have a lot for families here and we need to continue on that path creating an attractive community.”last_img read more