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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.

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 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.  

April 12, 2021 Public Hearing

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. regarding Bylaw 08-21. 

Bylaw 08-21

The purpose of Bylaw 08-21 is to amend Land Use Bylaw 40-98 by Redesignating ±1.03 hectares (±2.55 ac) of Lot 1, Block 27, Plan 181 0021 from Mixed-Use Medium Density District to Residential Medium Density Multi-Unit District.  

Submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12:00 noon in order to be included in Council's agenda package.  Submissions received after April 7, 2021 noon up until 7:00 p.m. on April 12, 2021 will be summarized by Administration, noted during the Public Hearing, and provided to Council in full.  Requests to provide comments live via remote access during the Hearing are accepted up until 12:00 noon on April 12, 2021.  

An opportunity for members of the public to respond via email to any new information that has arisen from Administration’s report during the Public Hearing will be provided.

For further information on this Bylaw, please contact Colton Nickel, Development Planner, at Planning Services

April 26, 2021 Public Hearing

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. regarding Bylaw 10-21. 

Bylaw 10-21

The purpose of Bylaw 10-21 is to amend Land Use Bylaw 40-98 by removing regulations limiting the potential for outdoor temporary patios across commercial and mixed-use land use districts in the Town of Okotoks.

Submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12:00 noon in order to be included in Council's agenda package.  Submissions received after April 21, 2021 noon up until 7:00 p.m. on April 26, 2021 will be summarized by Administration, noted during the Public Hearing, and provided to Council in full.  Requests to provide comments live via remote access during the Hearing are accepted up until 12:00 noon on April 26, 2021.  

An opportunity for members of the public to respond via email to any new information that has arisen from Administration’s report during the Public Hearing will be provided.

For further information on this Bylaw, please contact Colton Nickel, Development Planner, at Planning Services

There are currently no bylaws under review.