Public Hearings are a way for the public to speak to Council directly on specific matters. Some bylaw require a public hearing to be held, such as re-zoning bylaws (land use redesignations) and area structure plans. Bylaws subject to the Public Hearing process are posted on the Town website and 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. Some examples of bylaws that have significant effect on citizens are animal or traffic control.
Residents are encouraged to provide feedback or participate in Public Hearings to ensure Council receives all perspectives from the public.
The Town has transitioned away from COVID-19 regulations and the Municipal Centre Council Chamber is now open to the public; citizens are able to participate in Public Hearings in one of the following ways:
- email written submissions;
- drop-off submissions in the Municipal Centre drop box;
- mail written submissions to the Town of Okotoks;
- request to appear live via remote access; or
- appear in person in the Council Chamber
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.