The plans for Fort St. John’s newest neighbourhood have gotten a stamp of approval from the Northern Environmental Action Team Executive Director Sally Emory.Emory, who participated in this week’s intensive planning process for the 20 hectare site between 86th Street and the East Bypass Road, says she’s pleased with the green features proposed for the neighbourhood so far. [asset|aid=542|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=83c53ff69a93564546b88712ea3a4bdb-Emory_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Emory also added that she’s excited about a proposed composting partnership with the hospital, which is located on a corner adjacent to the site.The design for the neighbourhood was revealed last night at a public forum. Some of the proposed features for the new neighbourhood include a community garden, a multipurpose civic centre, an alternative school, and a citadel.
In Fort John particularly, the population changed from 20,553 in 2013 to 21,523 in 2014 – representing a 4.7 per cent increase.Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge tie for second with a 3 per cent increase; Dawson Creek from 12,289 in 2013 to 12,653 in 2014, and Tumbler Ridge from 2,897 in 2013 to 2,983 in 2014.“This regression model uses symptomatic indicators such as health client registry and residential hydro hook-ups to gauge population growth from one year to the next,” the report issued by B.C. Stats reads. “These estimates assist in local and provincial government planning processes.”- Advertisement -The “Unincorporated Areas” of the Peace River region saw an increase in population from 22,684 to 23,116 – representing a change of 1.9 per cent.Chetwynd’s population increased by .6 per cent, and as of 2014, is now home to 2,793 residents compared to 2,777 the previous year.On the other end of the scale, both Hudson’s Hope and Taylor saw a decrease in their population growth. In 2013, Hudson’s Hope had a population of 1,040 but that dropped in 2014 to 1,037. Taylor has a 2014 population of 1,490 compared to 1,504 in 2013.Advertisement The population of Prince George has also declined over 2013 – 2014 by .9 per cent. Previously home to 74,227 residents; it now resides at 73,590 – a loss of 637 people.“At the provincial level, the population was an estimated 4,631,302 as of July 1, 2014,” the report reads. “The B.C. population grew by 1.1 per cent between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, with an approximate addition of over 49,000 persons.”As for the Greater Vancouver area, the report says “in the three years since 2011, the province’s most populous region has welcomed over 101,000 more residents.”