Public Hearings

    Elected officials have the authority to make decisions about how land will be used or developed. They can make long-range plans for the greater community as well as decisions that affect neighbourhoods or individual properties. In order to balance these powers, elected officials are required to hear the views of residents and other interested parties.

    Where a local government intends to consider an Official Community Plan (OCP) or zoning bylaw, a public hearing must be held for the purpose of allowing the public to make representations to the local government concerning the matters contained in the OCP or bylaw. At the public hearing, all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed OCP or bylaw must be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. It is not necessary for all members of a municipal council or regional district board to attend the public hearing.

    Notice of the public hearing must be advertised in a newspaper prior to the hearing. If the bylaw alters the permitted use or density of any area, the notice must be mailed or otherwise delivered to parcels of land that are affected by the alteration or is within a distance of the area affected by the alteration that is specified by the local government. This requirement does not apply if the alteration affects ten or more parcels of land owned by ten or more persons.

    After the close of the public hearing (either the same day or at a later meeting), each of the council members or regional board members must decide how they wish to vote on the bylaw. However, if all members were not present at the public hearing, they must not vote on the adoption of the bylaw until they have been presented with a report that contains the views expressed at the public hearing. There is no requirement that they must vote in accordance with the wishes of the majority of opinions expressed at the public hearing.

    In certain circumstances, a public hearing can be waived. For example, a hearing can be waived where an OCP has been adopted and a zoning bylaw is proposed that is consistent with the OCP. These circumstances are outlined within the Local Government Act (LGA).


    Z19-01 - Oasis Development (4178 Lake Ave, 4186 Lake Ave, 4189 13th St and 4183 San Clemente Ave)

    The District of Peachland will be holding a Public Hearing on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 6:00pm for amendment Z19-01 to change the zoning designation of the subject properties from "R-1 - Single Detached Residential to CR-1 Mixed Use", to support the development of a five-storey mixed-use structure to be comprised of approximately 36 residential units above three ground floor commercial units and a parking garage.

    Thursday September 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm
    Peachland Community Centre
    4450 6th Street, Peachland BC

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the following procedures will be implemented for the Public Hearing to support the safety of the public, Council and District staff:

    • Council will host the Public Hearing via digital meeting software.

    • A viewing area will be setup for the public to watch the Public Hearing in the gymnasium at the Peachland Community Centre (maximum 50 people) and also broadcast live via webcast for those that do not wish to attend in person (

    • Members of the public that wish to make representation in person at the Public Hearing will need to be physically present at the Peachland Community Centre and place their name on a speakers list. For those that do not wish to attend in person, written submissions will be accepted up until 4:00 pm on September 17, 2020 at the District’s Municipal Office or via email (

    • Persons who have placed their name on the speakers list will be called one at a time and brought into a separate room where they will be able to be heard by Council via camera and microphone in the digital meeting.

    Please note that no representations will be received by the Municipal Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing.

    Adobe PDF Icon Notice of Public Hearing - Z19-01


    Legislative Authority Reference Package


    Z19-02 - Cannabis Zoning Regulations

    The District of Peachland will be holding a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6:00pm for amendment Z19-02 to provide the regulatory framework for the land uses of cultivation, processing and sale of cannabis within the District of Peachland.

    Tuesday November 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm
    Council Chambers
    Peachland Community Centre
    4450 6th Street, Peachland BC

    Adobe PDF Icon Notice of Public Hearing Z19-02