The Local Government Act requires that a Public Hearing be held before Council considers third reading and adoption of a Zoning Bylaw or an Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw or amendment. (Unless, as permitted under the Act, the Zoning Bylaw is consistent with the OCP and Council has waived holding a hearing.) At least ten (10) days before holding a Public Hearing, the District sends a notice to property owners and occupiers within 60 metres of the boundary of the subject property and publishes a notice in two (2) consecutive editions of the local newspaper. In addition, a sign is posted on the property by the applicant. At the Public Hearing, held during a regular or special Council meeting, all persons who consider their interest in property affected by a proposed Zoning or OCP Bylaw amendment, will be given a reasonable opportunity to present their views to Council.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Public Hearings will be conducted electronically/virtually and livestreamed online, in accordance with Ministerial Order No. M192. Members of the public are not permitted to attend a Public Hearing in person but anyone who believes that they are affected by the bylaw(s) that is the subject of the Public Hearing will be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard by submitting their comments in writing in advance or by speaking at the virtual Public Hearing.

For information on how to participate in an electronic Public Hearing, please consult this document (updated September 10, 2020).

Last Modified: Sep 10, 2020
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