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.
The Okotoks Municipal Centre and Council Chamber are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and Council Meetings and Public Hearings are being held remotely. As set out by the Municipal Affairs Meeting Procedures (COVID-19 Suppression) Regulation, citizens are able to participate in Public Hearings in one of the following ways:
- written submissions;
- drop-off submissions in the Municipal Centre drop box;
- mail written submissions to the Town of Okotoks; or
- request to appear live via remote access.
Submissions and requests can be made electronically using the online form button below:
Submission/request deadlines will be provided below under "Upcoming Public Hearings".
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.