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
Public Hearing agendas are available here once published: /agendas
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
|Send an email to email@example.com|
Mail your comments to:
|Dropbox||Drop off your written comments at the Regional District dropbox by the main entrance, to the attention of the Planning Department.|
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 time but before 4:30 pm 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. In person at the public hearing
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.
Please note that your comments, verbally or written, may be webcast live, depending on the venue of the public hearing, 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.