At the Regular Council meeting of April 25, 2018 Council adopted “Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 34, Bylaw No. 989, 2018.” This bylaw adds a definition for Cannabis to the Zoning Bylaw and also prohibits the sale, production and distribution of commercial cannabis within the District of Fort St. James. Council made a late amendment to the wording in the Bylaw to include a sunset clause. This means that Amendment No. 34 will expire at the latest on September 30th, 2018. This will allow Council time to understand provincial guidelines and consult with members of the community. At this time there is no official date for legalization from the Government of Canada. Council will be forming a Select Committee that will meet, analyse information as it becomes available, consult with the community, and provide recommended options to Council. The committee will set a meeting schedule that will be posted at the [...]
Council is proposing changes to the Noise Regulation Bylaw. Changes were recommended by the Bylaw Review Committee. The new bylaw updates and clarifies language, removes non-enforceable actions (or those covered by other legislation) and increases fines. Click here to see the new proposed bylaw. If you have any comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the District Office at 250-996-8233 or via email at email@example.com.
Annual snowmelt is beginning throughout the region. When temperatures rise above 20 degrees and it remains warm for a few days, freshet or spring snowmelt starts. Above average snow packs indicate that spring runoff could be vigorous and may last for many weeks. Localized flooding may occur which has the potential to affect any number of areas, including individual properties and homeowners. Freshet can become a problem when winter snow packs melt rapidly, overwhelming stream channels and creating floods. Spring freshet can also destabilize soil and rock and cause unpredictable mudslides, landslides and rock slides Know the Risks. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Stay at least 3m (10ft) back from any fast flowing creeks or rivers. Keep a close watch on children even if they are far from the water. Water safety for children is especially important as they can quickly enter the water due to curiosity and [...]
April 18th, 2018 First Quarter The District of Fort St. James had a snowy start to 2018 with lots of snow clearing from January right through to April. The Economic Development department has been applying for grants and participating in training. With summer in sight the District is looking forwards to another season operating the Visitor Centre in Fort St. James. The Visitor Centre will be open seven days a week, 9am to 5pm, May through August. Pick up local brochures for your staycation or find exciting new places to explore this summer. Forestry maps and local souvenirs are also available at the Visitor Centre. The Business Façade program has grant funding available for local businesses in need of a new sign or a fresh coat of paint. Application are due at the end of April. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Economic Development Officer Kelley Williams [...]
The District of Fort St. James is pleased to facilitate a workshop on the Business Façade Improvement Program on Monday April 30th from 9 – 12 Noon 477 Stuart Drive West (Council Chambers). We will work as a group to complete the application forms that can provide monetary assistance as an incentive to buildings/ business owners, to improve the character and physical appearance of their buildings, while allowing them to assert their identity. Please call Kelley at 996-8233 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Thanks!