The Local Government Act requires that a Public Hearing be held before Council adopts an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw (referred to as a rezoning application) or Official Community Plan Bylaw. Public Hearings are chaired by the Mayor or Acting Mayor and held to provide the public with an opportunity to convey their views on proposed land use amendments.
Public Hearings are advertised in the local newspaper and online prior to the scheduled Public Hearing. In most instances, Public Notices are also mailed to owners and occupants of surrounding properties (within 100 metres of the land that is the subject of the application) and signs are posted on the subject property at least ten days prior to the scheduled Public Hearing.
To view Council and Public Hearing Agendas visit our Council Agendas page.
Participating in the Public Hearing Process
Public Hearings are open to all members of the public. If you believe that you are affected by a proposed land use application, you may make a presentation at, or submit written comments at or prior to, a scheduled Public Hearing. A five minute time limit is in effect for people who wish to speak at a Public Hearing. A further five minutes is permitted to those wishing to speak a second time on new information, provided that all members of the public who are present have had an opportunity to speak once.
You can register in advance to speak at a Public Hearing by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 604-927-3010. Please note, names will not be added to the list after 4:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing. Everyone who wants to speak at the hearing will be given an opportunity, but those who have registered in advance will be allowed to speak prior to the floor being opened to all others in attendance.
If you are unable to attend, or if you wish to submit your comments in written form, you may do so by sending your written submission to the City Clerk's Office as follows:
We encourage the public to send written submissions by noon on the date of the Public Hearing. Presentations or submissions must be received by Council before the Public Hearing for that application is concluded as Council is not permitted to receive or consider any further submissions or information after conclusion of an item.
Please note that all correspondence submitted to the City of Coquitlam in response to a Public Hearing consultation will form part of the public record and will be published in a meeting agenda, which is posted on the City’s website, when the matter is before the Council.
Watch Public Hearings Online
Public Hearings are broadcast live on the internet.
Watch a Public Hearing live - LIVE PLAYER
Broadcasts of past Public Hearings can also be accessed through the City’s Webcast archive access archived webcasts of Public Hearings.
Watch archived Public Hearings - ARCHIVE PLAYER
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