The purpose of Council Workshops is to review and discuss policies and other items of interest to Council. Although resolutions may be passed at this meeting, the intent is to make decisions to send an item to a Council Meeting for debate and vote, or to refer the item to staff for further information and next steps. Council Workshop meetings are held every second Tuesday beginning at 11:00 am in the Blaney Room at Municipal Hall (enter by the northern door on the east side of City Hall). Check the 2020 Council Meeting Calendar for specifics.
Committee of the Whole Most items that Council will debate and vote on at Council Meetings are first presented at Committee of the Whole (CoW) meetings. The purpose of CoW meetings is to provide Council with an opportunity to ask City staff questions of clarification. No voting takes place other than Council deciding to either forward the item to the next Council Meeting for debate and vote, or send it back to staff for more information. Committee of the Whole meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month starting at 1:30 pm in Council Chambers at Municipal Hall. A Community Forum is held following adjournment of the meeting. Citizens have an opportunity during this Forum to speak to Council on any subject, with the exception of Public Hearing bylaws that have not reached a conclusion. Check the 2020 Council Meeting Calendar for specifics.
Council Meetings are the final venue for debate of issues before voting on bylaws and resolutions. These meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at Municipal Hall (enter by the northern door on the east side of City Hall). A Question Period is held within the first half-hour or so of the meeting and provides citizens an opportunity to ask Council questions on any subject, with the exception of Public Hearing bylaws that have not reached a conclusion. Check the 2020 Council Meeting Calendar for specifics.
Public Hearings are held to provide the public with an opportunity to convey their views on land use applications to Council. Public Hearings are held before Council adopts amendments to the Zoning Bylaw or Official Community Plan. Interested persons who believe themselves impacted by the bylaw amendment may participate by attending the meeting, speaking at the meeting, submitting a letter at the meeting, or by submitting a letter to the Corporate Officer by 4:00 pm on the day of the Public Hearing via drop-off, mail or email.
Speakers at the Public Hearings must provide their name and address in writing for the record. Under law, Council cannot receive input after a Public Hearing has been adjourned. Public Hearings, as a rule, are held on the third Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall (enter by the northern door on the east side of City Hall). Check the 2020 Council Meeting Calendar for specifics.
Public Notification of Upcoming Public Hearing:
At least ten days before a Public Hearing is held, each applicant must update the Development Sign on the property with the details of the Public Hearing, and the City sends notices to property owners and occupants within a radius of 50 meters (164 ft.) of the subject property. In some cases (e.g. a city-wide amendment, or large area change) legislation requires advertisement only, and not separate notices to individual property owners. Public Hearings are advertised in two consecutive issues of the local newspaper and online. The staff report and Public Hearing package is available for access ten days before the Public Hearing at the Planning Department counter at City Hall between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm weekdays (excluding statutory holidays), or on the City’s website.