Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, large gatherings are not permitted. As a result, Public Hearings are now being held electronically. Please read the following instructions to learn how to participate in a Virtual Public Hearing. To attend a Virtual Public Meeting, please click on the Zoom link provided.
These Public Hearings are to be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M192, “Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3”.
Upcoming Public Hearings
There are no public hearings scheduled at this time.
How To Participate
You can indicate your support or opposition to a Virtual Public Hearing item in one of the following ways:
- Submit written comments:
You can provide your submission by email to email@example.com or by mail/hand delivery to Town Hall, 474 South Fletcher Road, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0. Written submissions received before 9:00am on the day of the Public Hearing will be published on the Council Meeting Agenda. Written submissions may also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org from 9:00am on the day of the Public Hearing until the adjournment of the Public Hearing. These will be read aloud by the Corporate Officer.
- Join the Virtual Public Hearing by clicking on the Zoom link provided above.
- Dial into the Virtual Public Hearing by phone. To employ this method, please contact email@example.com or call Town Hall to be provided with the dial-in number.
- Your comments must be relevant to the item being considered at the Public Hearing.
- State your name and address and the item you are speaking to.
- You will have five minutes to speak.
- State whether you support or oppose the item
Please note that the opinions you express orally and any presentations you submit to the Town of Gibsons will be streamed live and will be recorded to form a part of the public record. Correspondence you submit will form part of the public record and will be published on the agenda. The Town considers your 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, and is authorized under section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). Your phone number and email will not be disclosed. For more information on the FOIPPA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Local Government Act requires that a Public Hearing be held before Council adopts an amendment to the Zoning Regulation Bylaw, an Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw or a land use contract termination.
At least 10 days before the Public Hearing is held, a notice is sent to property owners and occupiers within a radius of 100 metres of the subject property. In addition, a notice is published in two consecutive issues of a local newspaper.
At the Public Hearing, all persons who consider their interest in property affected by a proposed zoning or OCP Bylaw amendment, will be given an opportunity to present their views to Council. It is requested that speakers keep their comments to the subject of the proposed rezoning.
Did You Know?
- At the Public Hearing, Council will not debate the merits of the proposed bylaw nor enter into dialogue with the public. There is no opportunity at the hearing to debate points-of-view expressed by other members of the public.
- Presentations or submissions must be received by Council before the Public Hearing. When the Public Hearing is closed, Council is not permitted to receive or consider any further submissions.
- After the Public Hearing, Council will discuss, express opinions and vote on the third reading and adoption of the proposed bylaw amendments. If Council does not support the bylaw at third reading, the bylaw may be defeated or Council may postpone its decision until further information is received from staff. Council may only receive information from staff and the information may only address issues raised at the Public Hearing.
- It is important to note and understand that Council has not made up its mind on the issue. While a Council member may have a position on an issue, they each come to the Public Hearing with an open mind, to listen to and hear from the public. You are being given the opportunity for Council to hear your views and opinions on the application.
Gibsons’ Council is committed to ensuring that all people who speak at a Public Hearing are treated in a fair and respectful manner. No form of discrimination is acceptable or tolerated. This includes discrimination because of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or economic status. This Virtual Council Chamber is a place where all human rights are respected and where we all take responsibility to create a safe, inclusive environment for everyone to participate.