On various plans and projects, Public Hearings are required to be held so Council can hear various opinions on the proposal. Public Hearings are usually held following the first reading of the bylaw and are advertised for at least two weeks prior to a Public Hearing.
Those wishing to make representations at a Public Hearing may do so through written submission, in person, or verbally through electronic means. Written submissions are encouraged to be submitted by filling out the form below within the timeframe stated in the Public Hearing notice.
All submissions must include your name, address, reference to the bylaw you are speaking to and whether you are speaking in favour or in opposition. All valid submissions, including your personal information, will be part of the public record and included in the Council minutes unless directed otherwise by Council.
Those wishing to make verbal representations at a Public Hearing must register with Legislative Services by 12:00 P.M. the day prior to the hearing, or as stated in the notice, by emailing email@example.com with their name, address, telephone number, the bylaw they wish to speak to and whether they are speaking in favour or in opposition.
For verbal electronic presentations, a member of staff will call you during the appropriate Public Hearing so that you can make your representation to Council. Please be available by your phone in anticipation of this call. The Mayor will address you to speak once you are on the line. Individuals will have a maximum of 5 minutes to make their representation. For detailed information on Public Hearing proceedings, please refer to section 8(k) of Council’s Procedural Bylaw.
Following a public hearing, Council will close the public hearing. They will then decide to:
- Make amendments (if necessary) and pass the bylaw
- Defeat the bylaw
- Postpone consideration of the bylaw to another date
If you have any questions about Public Hearings, please contact Administration.