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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).
- Z21-01 Public Hearing Information Package
- Z21-01 Technical Reports
- Public Hearing Agenda
- Z21-01 Correspondence Package
UPCOMING PUBLIC HEARINGS
There are no scheduled public hearings at this time.
PAST PUBLIC HEARINGS
Z21-01 – 5481 Clements Crescent
The District of Peachland will be holding a Public Hearing on Tuesday June 14, 2022 at 5:30 pm for Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Amendment Z21-01 to change the Official Community Plan Future Land Use Map from “Low Density Residential” to “Medium Density Residential” and change the Zoning Bylaw Map designation from "A2 - Rural (non-ALR)" to "RM4 - Multi-unit Residential - Medium Density" and "R1 - Single Detached Residential" to support the development of a multiple family building.
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 5:30 pm
The public may attend the Public Hearing at the Peachland Community Centre - 4450 6th Street, or watch the Public Hearing through live webcasting on the District's website. Prior to the meeting, copies of the proposed Bylaws, Council reports, and other related material may be reviewed by clicking the links below, or in-person at Municipal Hall, 5806 Beach Avenue, between 8:00am and 3:30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Statutory Holidays), from June 3 to June 14, 2022.
How to make a written submission:
All written submissions must be sent to the attention of the District's Corporate Officer. Please note that you must include your name and address with your submission. All written submissions must be received by 4:00 pm on Monday, June 13, 2022. Written submissions may be sent by email to email@example.com; or can be dropped off at the District Office located at 5806 Beach Avenue. Written submissions received by 4:00 pm on Monday, June 13, 2022, will be provided to Council as part of the Agenda and posted on the District’s website. All submissions received before the Public Hearing closes are provided to Council and become part of the Public Record. Council cannot receive submissions after the Public Hearing closes.