Coquitlam Current

Mar 12, 2014 Return to Headlines

The City and You

by GS GS |

Every day as a resident, you are impacted by the work of your local government. But, do you really understand their role?

Municipal government is the most accessible and responsive level of government, made up of local citizens – like you – elected by the community.

You probably already know the City provides and maintains the community’s basic essential services. But what about your role as a resident? What can you contribute to the decision-making processes that take place at the community level? There are many opportunities to provide input and help shape your city.

  • Maybe you see the notices published in the paper, but have you wondered what a public hearing is? Why is it important? How does it work?
  • What about a Development Variance Permit?
  • What is the difference between the first, second, third and fourth readings of a bylaw? What about neighbourhood planning processes? How does it affect your neighbourhood and the community as a whole?

In the coming months, the City of Coquitlam will use this column to share information about our City services and local government processes - just maybe not in the manner you’re used to. We will use plain language and tackle topics we get asked by residents. 2014 is going to be a busy year with many significant projects taking place – we want you to be informed and we want your participation. Watch for our column next month where we’ll provide a snapshot of the major projects. Stay up-to-date with the latest information, news and events by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.