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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 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 10 days prior to the scheduled Public Hearing.
The Planning and Development Department Brief is provided to Council in advance of Public Hearings containing any further information requested by Council at First Reading of the Bylaw and prior to the Public Hearing. The Brief is available to the public on the Friday prior to the Public Hearing.