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May 04, 2014 Return to Headlines

Why a Public Hearing?

by GS GS |

A Public Hearing is held before Council considers land use applications such as zoning or official community plan amendments, heritage designations and temporary use permits. The Local Government Act requires Public Hearings so that the public has the opportunity to express their views on proposed land use changes.

Public Hearings are open to all members of the public and, if you feel the approval of a proposed land use application may affect you, this is your chance to make your views known to City Council. Council members participate in the Public Hearing with an open mind and are there to listen to the input provided.

There are a number of ways you can voice your concerns or share your support for the proposed changes. You can attend in person and make a presentation to Council. Or you can submit your comments in writing before the Public Hearing. These meetings can be viewed online at coquitlam.ca/webcasts.

It is important to know that any comments you want to share with Council must be received before the Public Hearing concludes. The rules governing Public Hearings do not allow Council to consider any new information after the hearing ends – this includes both verbal and written submissions.

It’s also important to note that any correspondence given to the City in response to a Public Hearing is part of the public record and will be published in the meeting agenda and posted online. Visit coquitlam.ca/publichearing for details and more information on upcoming Public Hearings.