Meeting Descriptions

Council Workshop
The purpose of the Council Workshop 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 a consensus decision to send an item to Council for debate and vote or refer the item back to staff for more information or clarification. Council Workshop meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month and as per a Council resolution approved on May 26, 2015, the meetings will begin at 9:00 am in the Blaney Room at Municipal Hall.

Committee of the Whole
Committee of the Whole is the initial venue for review and debate of issues. No voting takes place on bylaws or resolutions. A decision is made to send an item to Council for debate and vote or to send an item back to staff for more information or clarification. As a rule, Committee of the Whole meets on the first and third Monday of each month starting at 1:00 pm in Council Chambers at Municipal Hall. A Community Forum is held following adjournment of Committee of the Whole. The public has 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.

Council
The purpose of a Council meeting is to enact powers given to Council by using bylaws or resolutions. This is the final venue for debate of issues before voting on a bylaw or resolution. As a rule, Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at Municipal Hall. A Question Period is held during this meeting where the public may ask questions on any subject, with the exception of Public Hearing bylaws that have not reached a conclusion.

Public Hearing
Public Hearings are held to provide the public with an opportunity to convey their views on land use applications, such as zoning amendments, official community plan amendments, and on occasion, development permit applications. Public Hearings, as a rule, are held on the third Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at Municipal Hall.