COVID-19 Update

During the COVID-19 pandemic, public hearings will be conducted electronically/virtually and livestreamed online, in accordance with Ministerial Order M192. If you have any questions regarding the public hearing process, please contact: Lisa Dennis, Manager of Legislative Services at 250-334-6052.

Public Hearing Information

The purpose of a public hearing is to allow affected citizens to provide their views to their elected officials on the adoption of certain bylaws such as Official Community Plans and zoning amendments.  All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by a proposed bylaw that is subject to a public hearing will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard.

Current Public Hearings

  • Bylaw 604 being “Rural Comox Valley Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 337, 2014, Amendment No. 5” (cannabis cultivation, processing and sales)
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 6:30pm
    Registration Link
    Public Hearing Agenda

How To Participate in Public Hearings

You can indicate your support or opposition to a proposed bylaw in one of the following ways:

1. Submit Written Comments

EmailSend an email to planning@comoxvalleyrd.ca
Mail 

Mail your comments to:
Comox Valley Regional District
Attention: Planning Department
770 Harmston Avenue,
Courtenay BC  V9N 0G8

DropboxDrop off your written comments at the Regional District dropbox by the main entrance, to the attention of the Planning Department.
Fax250-334-4358

Submissions received BEFORE 12:00 pm on the on the day of the public hearing will be included in the online meeting agenda package.  Submissions received AFTER this deadline will form part of an on-table circulation and will be included in the minutes. Submissions submitted after the conclusion of the public hearing will not be received or considered.

2.   Live using Zoom Webinar
When public hearings are scheduled, you can register online to use your computer, smart phone, or tablet to join the Zoom video conference to share your comments.  After registering (link provided within the Current Public Hearings section of this webpage), you'll receive a confirmation email that will contain the Zoom meeting details you need to join the meeting on the scheduled date. 

*If using a mobile device, please take a moment to download the Zoom app from the app store in advance. In order to make comment, you will need a microphone on your device. 

3.   Join Live by Phone (audio only)
You can also register to join the electronic public hearing by phone. Use the registration link provided within the Current Public Hearings section of this webpage. You'll receive a confirmation email that will contain the dial- in information that you require. 

If you miss the opportunity to register for the public hearing, an opportunity to speak will still be provided to you during the public hearing.  Please watch the live stream at the link above and then follow the instructions/prompts when it's time.   Alternatively, you can register to speak at the Public Hearing by calling the CVRD Legislative Services Department at 250-334-6000. 

*If you are using your phone to call in with audio only, you can enter the speaker queue by pressing *9 on your keypad. When it's your turn to speak, you will hear a prompt on your phone that you've been unmuted.  Staff will ask you to start with sharing your name and area of residence before making your comments. 

Reminders:

  • Turn off all audio devices during the live meeting when you are speaking on the phone to prevent feedback; and
  • Do not put your phone on speaker phone.

To Watch the Public Hearing but not Participate

To watch the public hearing, but not participate please visit the CVRD Livestream Page

Public Hearings in General

  • Every person attending the public hearing will be given the opportunity to be heard. Your comments must be relevant to the item being considered at the Public Hearing.
  • The Board's role at the public hearing is to listen to the public.  The Board will not challenge your comments, but may ask questions for clarification. 
  • After the staff and applicant presentations, the Chair will invite comments from the public.
  • Those who wish to comment at the public hearing are given an opportunity to do so, for a set period of time that will be specified by the chair at the public hearing.
  • After all participants have spoken, the floor will open to those who wish to speak a second time.  The public hearing will continue until everyone who wishes to speak, has had the opportunity to, after which the Chair will close the meeting. 
  • Those appearing before the Board to provide comment must state their full name and city/community of residence for the record. 
  • Direct all your comments and answers to the Chair.
  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Be prepared; speaking times are typically limited 3 - 5 minutes and will be confirmed by the Chair at the public hearing. 

Do You Require a Special Accommodation?

We understand not all participants or individuals who are directly affected by the Public Hearing are able to join virtually.  If you feel you require a special accommodation to attend the regional district office in person to make your comments, please contact Legislative Services at 250-334-6000 to make arrangements.  

Remote participation is encouraged whenever possible in light of COVID-19.

Privacy

Please note that your comments, verbally or written, will be webcast live and form a part of the public record. Correspondence you submit will form part of the public record and will be published on the agenda and the minutes. Your address will be disclosed as it informs the Board’s consideration of your opinion in relation to the subject property and is authorized under section 26c of the FOIPPA Act. Your phone number and email will not be disclosed.

Zoom is hosted on servers in the U.S., so the name you use with Zoom and metadata about how you use the application will be stored on servers outside of Canada. If you have privacy concerns: a) don’t create your own account with Zoom, b) provide only your first name or a nickname when you join the session, c) keep your camera off and microphone muted, as much as you can.