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First Steps Being Taken For New Fort Chipewyan Area Structure Plan

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First Steps Being Taken For New Fort Chipewyan Area Structure Plan

Fort Chipewyan is one step closer to getting a brand new area structure plan.

On Tuesday, Wood Buffalo Council voted in favor of the project, however, it still needs two more rounds of votes to officially be approved.

The ASP will help the community develop through zoning, permitting, and more.

Ward 2 Councillor Bruce Inglis tells Mix News this is essentially a footprint the community can follow.

“It’s more of a guide for us into the future than a bylaw driven plan – it’s more flexible than most people think.”

The plan will focus on five main principles – protecting the environment, supporting economic and cultural growth, providing adequate municipal services and infrastructure, and addressing housing concerns.

Inglis says this will be a useful tool that could help end a longterm housing problem.

“This has been a problem for most of my life – it’s getting better in Fort Chip and we’re still challenged by it, we don’t have the excess of housing that (people) enjoy in Fort McMurray. We have young families needing housing that are not being accommodated at the moment.”

This will be a replacement for the current plan which was approved over 25 years ago. Fort Chipewyan would be the second hamlet in the past three months who’s received a brand new ASP following Fort McKay.

Special Meeting Being Held in Fort Chipewyan

Council still needs to approve two rounds of voting before the ASP can officially be adopted.

Instead of holding a meeting in Fort McMurray, mayor and council will be flying up to the northern hamlet.

“I’m really excited about that,” added Inglis. “This is part of our amalgamation, it’s part of many platforms that I stood for and my colleagues stood for – I’m excited for that level of commitment and engagement.”

This will be the second meeting held outside the council chambers since the members of council were voted in back in October. The first was in Fort McKay in January where around 50 people packed the local school.

It will be held on May 1.

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