Courtenay Launching Virtual Public Hearings
December 3, 2020
Public hearings in the City of Courtenay are going virtual in response to COVID-19.
Several options are now available to safely have your say on proposed bylaws for topics such as zoning changes and amendments to the Official Community Plan.
Options to participate include live by Zoom webinar or phone conferencing, and watching the live-streamed public hearing via the City of Courtenay’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/CityofCourtenayBC. As always, written comments may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Development Services, 830 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay B.C. V9N 2J7. Written submissions must be received by 2 p.m. on the day of the public hearing to be considered.
“Public hearings are an important part of the democratic process for local governments,” said Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells. “They’re an opportunity for those who would be affected by a proposed change to share their views with Council so we can make well-rounded decisions with the best possible information. We’ve adapted our usual process to offer these virtually so we can keep the public hearing process inclusive and accessible while keeping participants and our staff safe during the pandemic.”
The first virtual public hearings are scheduled on December 14 and 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. for a number of proposed bylaws. Visit www.courtenay.ca/publichearings for more information, including webinar and phone conferencing details.
Anyone who believes they are affected by a proposed bylaw must have a reasonable opportunity to be heard. Upcoming virtual public hearings are posted in advance on the City of Courtenay website, in the newspaper, social media and through notices mailed to surrounding property owners and occupants.
The typical in-person public hearing process at City Hall was suspended in the spring due to COVID-19, in response to mandatory restrictions on gatherings and physical distancing. Council meetings are regulated by Ministerial Order M192 and the Provincial Health Officer Order on Gatherings and Events that limits the number of people in attendance.
For more information visit www.courtenay.ca/publichearings