City of Grand Forks awaiting Ministry of Transportation approval for Roxul Road Closure Bylaw

Grand Forks is still awaiting approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to pass the Roxul Road Closure Bylaw.

The City of Grand Forks is still awaiting approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to pass the Roxul Road Closure Bylaw.

Doug Allin, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer, noted there was a miscommunication with the drawings that were proposed for the road closure.

Allin pointed out the design of the road closure and changes to the road had to be adjusted.

“The drawings we were proposing for the road closure have been redone and the misunderstanding has been corrected,” he noted. “Legislatively, we have to advertise it correctly so we are compliant under the Community Charter.”

Allin explained the correct information has to be in for two consecutive weeks in advertisements in the local newspaper.

“The bylaw still requires Ministry of Transportation approval, before the council can give the fourth reading,” he added. “Once that’s happened, we can go through the process of having it registered with Land Titles, and then we go through the process of raising title on the roads that have been turned into lots.”

The Roxul Road Closure Bylaw, Bylaw 1931, would be a land trade made between the city and Roxul Inc. to ensure safer road and land access in the community and around the Roxul facility.

Roxul would be trading some 3,000 square metres of property for 6,000 square metres of city property, along with filling out and constructing a three-metre wide ramp for the Trans Canada Trail to access 68th Avenue. Council gave three readings of an amendment to the bylaw last meeting