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Staff and Council want to ensure that residents have adequate notice and access to information on bylaw amendments. For example, if there is a rezoning proposal that you are interested in, there are a number of ways to find out more about the proposal and when the Public Hearing will be held:
The purpose of the notification is to provide notice only. If you would like to know more about the proposal(s), please contact the Planning Department directly or view the information available on the website. Should you wish to participate in the Public Hearing you are strongly encouraged to talk to Planning staff to be sure to have all your questions answered prior to the Public Hearing. As previously noted, the Public Hearing is not a question and answer period – it is an opportunity for your views to be heard by Council.
Public Hearings are held in a hybrid format which enables members of the public to participate via written submissions, in person from Council Chambers, and/or virtually using the Webex events online platform.
All written submissions should include your name and address and state whether you are ‘in favour’ or ‘opposed’ to the application. Please forward your submissions before 1:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the Public Hearing in order to make them available to Council and the public in general in advance of the Public Hearing. Any submissions received after this cut-off will be read out during the Public Hearing by the Corporate Officer.
1. Download the Cisco Webex Meetings mobile app from your app store (ie. Apple iTunes or Google Play)
2. Test whether you will be able to hear and be heard by starting a test meeting at: www.webex.com/test-meeting
The purpose of a Public Hearing is for the public to provide input and for Council to listen. Council will not respond to questions from the public. Council may, in its discretion, ask staff or the applicant to provide clarity where Council is of the view that the response will assist Council in its consideration of the application.
Once a Public Hearing is closed, no new information on the matter can be received by Council, including letters, emails or phone calls. This is to allow a fair process as established by provincial case law.
Please note that Public Hearings are webcast live and a recording is available on North Cowichan's website. Correspondence you submit, including name and address, will form part of the public record for the public hearing and will be published on North Cowichan's website. North Cowichan considers your name and address relevant to this matter and will disclose this personal information as it informs Council’s consideration of your opinion in relation to the subject property. However, your phone number and email address will not be disclosed.
Personal information is collected by North Cowichan under the authority of s. 26 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of administering the Public Hearing. Please direct any questions about personal information to North Cowichan's Privacy Officer by:
Please note that the information on this page is provided as a service to the public. While updated as new material comes in, there may be some timing delays. For current information on applications going to Public Hearing, please refer to the Digital Information Package available at the top of this page.