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Public Hearings & Bylaw Consultation

Public Hearings are a way for the Town to consult or engage with the public on bylaws.  Some examples of bylaws that have a significant effect on citizens are animal or traffic control; changes to land use and development permits where Council is the development authority.  Bylaws are typically posted on the Town website and/or heard at at either a Statutory or Non-Statutory Public Hearing. 

Statutory Public Hearings are legislated under the Municipal Government Act  to allow public input regarding proposed land use bylaws or resolutions.  Non-Statutory Public Hearings are provided at the discretion of the municipality to allow the community an opportunity to obtain information or provide comment regarding planning applications or bylaws that may affect residents.  Residents are encouraged to provide feedback or participate in Public Hearings to ensure Council receives all perspectives from the public before passing a bylaw or approving a development permit.

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 website for public viewing.  

Public Hearings are scheduled on the same day as Regular Council Meetings and begin at 7:00 p.m. Public Hearings are advertised in the local paper and on the Town website. All area residents directly affected by the proposal are also notified.

December 14, 2020

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via videoconference regarding Bylaw 34-20.

Bylaw 34-20

The purpose of Bylaw 34-20 is to amend Land Use Bylaw 40-98 by increasing lot coverage allowances for accessory buildings and decks on narrower residential lots.

For further information on this Bylaw, please contact Colton Nickel, Development Planner.

January 11, 2021

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via videoconference regarding Bylaw 39-20.

Bylaw 39-20

The purpose of Bylaw 39-20 is to amend Land Use Bylaw 40-98 by adding a water servicing capacity provision in order to support integration of the Water Allocation System for Planning Approvals Policy into the statutory planning framework for the Town. 

For further information on this Bylaw, please contact Colin Gainer, Senior Planner.

Any person or group of persons, or person acting on behalf of anyone who claims to be affected by the proposed Bylaw(s) and wishing to provide a submission regarding the Bylaw at the public hearing must provide comments through one of the following means:
•    emailing Development Services; or
•    emailing Legislative Services; or
•    using the drop box at the Municipal Centre; or
•    mailing to the Town of Okotoks;

no later than Wednesday, December 9, 2020 (for Bylaw 34-20) or Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (for Bylaw 39-20) at 12:00 noon in order for the submission to be included in Council’s agenda package. Submissions received after December 9, 2020 noon up until 7:00 p.m. on December 14, 2020 or after January 6, 2021 noon up until 7:00 p.m. on January 11, 2021 will be summarized by Administration, noted during the public hearing, and provided to Council in full.  

An opportunity for members of the public to respond to any new information that has arisen from Administration’s report during the public hearing will be provided. Requests to appear via live remote access will be accepted up until 12:00 noon the day of the Public Hearing.

After receiving first reading, some bylaws are provided to the citizens of Okotoks for review and comment.  Comments gathered from this process are provided to Town Council for their consideration prior to third and final reading.  

Bylaws currently offered for public review: 

Bylaw 04-20 Off-Site Levy 

Bylaw 09-21 Fees, Rates and Charges

Please provide comments regarding the above Bylaws to Legislative Services