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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).
UPCOMING PUBLIC HEARINGS
Z20-01 and RC20-01 - McKay Lane Development
The District of Peachland will be holding a Public Hearing on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 6:00pm for Zoning Amendment Z20-01 to change the zoning designation of the subject property from "R-1 - Single Detached Residential to RM-3 - Multi-Unit Residential - Low Density and Cluster", and RC20-01 - McKay Lane Road Closure Bylaw to permanently close McKay Lane and remove its designation as a highway, to support the development of approximately 15 multi-family units.
Monday, March 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Public Hearing will be held electronically and can be viewed through live webcasting on the District's website.
Copies of the proposed Bylaws, Council reports and related material may be reviewed by clicking the links below, or at the Peachland Community Centre, 4450 6th Street during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Monday to Friday excluding Statutory Holidays, from March 12, 2021 to March 22, 2021.
How to make a written submission
All written submissions are to be sent to the attention of the 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, March 22, 2021. Written submissions may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or can be dropped off to the drop box at the front doors of the District Office located at 5806 Beach Avenue. Written submissions received by 4:00 pm on March 22, 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.
How to register to speak through video or phone during the Public Hearing
Provincial Health Orders restrict in-person attendance at Public Hearings until further notice. If you wish to speak at the Public Hearing, either by video or phone, it is highly recommended that you pre-register with the District in advance. To register to speak, please contact the Corporate Officer at (250) 767-3704 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday. If you do not pre-register, but would like to call in to speak during the Public Hearing, please phone (250) 767-3708. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Corporate Officer Polly Palmer at (250) 767-3704.
Public Hearing Agenda 2021-03-22
2021-03-22 Correspondence Package
PAST PUBLIC HEARINGS