Many bylaws, especially land use bylaws, require advertising and a public hearing before Council may approve them. These are referred to as statutory public hearings, and are usually scheduled at a regular Council meeting. Notice of the hearing is posted on the Town’s website and advertised in the local paper for two weeks before the hearing.
Public feedback is welcome on bylaws. Please note that any feedback, including letters, emails, or in person, become part of the public record and may be published in a Council agenda package which is posted on the Town’s website for public viewing.
Process for presenting to Council
During the public hearing, members of the public are provided with an opportunity to speak in favour of or against the proposed bylaw. Speakers are allowed 5 minutes to address Council.
Those in favour of the bylaw speak first, followed by those opposed to it. You will be asked to state your name and address. Following your presentation, Council may ask you questions.
Written comments and suggestions are also accepted. Submissions mailed to the Town should be typewritten and must be received by 12:00 noon on the Wednesday before the public hearing. Eighteen (18) duplicate copies should accompany any written submissions received at the hearing.