***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Langley will be holding Public Hearings electronically by Zoom Webinar until further notice.
Appearing at a Public Hearing
When is a public hearing required?
When the City is proposing to adopt or amend its Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw, or Land Use Contracts, it must hold a public hearing. The City holds its public hearings after second reading but before third reading of the proposed bylaw to adopt or amend the Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw or Land Use Contract.
What is the purpose of a public hearing?
The purpose of a public hearing is to provide a reasonable opportunity for all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw to be heard by Council or to present written submissions regarding matters contained in the bylaw. It is your chance to express your support or your concerns about a particular development project which is occurring within the City.
The main function of Council at a public hearing is to listen to the views of the public. Council members may ask questions to clarify points raised in the submissions but it is not the role of Council at the public hearing to debate the merits of the proposed bylaw with individual citizens or each other.
How do I find out when a public hearing is being held?
Public hearings are usually held at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (20399 Douglas Crescent) on the Monday nights of regularly scheduled Council Meetings.
Prior to the scheduled date for public hearing, a notice of the time and place of the public hearing is placed in two consecutive issues of one of the local newspapers. The notice also includes information about the general intent of the proposed bylaws and identifies the property which is the subject of the bylaw. A copy of the notice is posted on the Notice Board on the first floor of City Hall, near the library. Copies of the notice are also sent to the owners and occupiers of properties which are within 100 metres of the boundaries of the property which is the subject of the bylaw.
Where do I get information about the public hearing?
Copies of the proposed bylaw and the relevant background reports are available at the Administration Department at City Hall. However, the Development Services and Economic Development Department is the department to contact to ask specific questions about the proposed bylaw and its development application.
You can look at the proposed bylaws and its reports anytime from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, except on Statutory Holidays, without an appointment.
What happens at a public hearing?
Before the public hearing begins, you may be asked to sign a list in order to appear as a speaker before Council. The list is only used if there are going to be a number of speakers during the night.
At the start of the public hearing, the Mayor reads an opening statement to the public, indicating what will happen next. The Corporate Officer indicates how the public hearing was advertised. The applicant or a representative for the applicant gives a descriptive overview of what is proposed by the bylaw. The Corporate Officer informs Council of any written submissions that were received prior to the public hearing. The Mayor then invites members of the public to make their verbal submissions. (If a speakers’ list is used, the individuals will be called up in the order that their names appear on the speakers’ list.) The speakers give their name and address and indicate whether they are in support of the bylaw or not and any reasons they wish to express to Council. If the speaker wishes to give written information to the Council, the speaker is to give the information to the Corporate Officer. Members of Council may ask questions at any time.
When there is no one else wishing to speak, the public hearing is then closed.
There may be more than one public hearing held on the same night. The procedure is the same for all public hearings.
What happens if I wish to make a submission at the public hearing but I cannot attend the public hearing?
You can send a copy of your written submission to the Corporate Officer before the public hearing. You are encouraged to send the written submission by noon on the Friday before the public hearing is scheduled so that Council has time to read your written submission in advance. However, you can still provide your written submission to the Corporate Officer the day of the public hearing.
Please note that your written submissions and your verbal comments, which are noted in the minutes, are available to the public. Consequently, you cannot request that your name and address be kept private.
What happens after the public hearing is closed?
After a public hearing is closed, Council is not permitted to listen to any further delegations or receive any written submissions on the same bylaw unless another public hearing is scheduled.
Third reading of the proposed bylaw can only be considered by Council after the public hearing has been held. At third reading of the bylaw, Council will have to decide whether it wishes to proceed with the bylaw, make changes to the bylaw or not to proceed. Usually, Council will consider third reading of the bylaw later that same night in the regular Council Meeting but that consideration may be postponed to a future Council meeting.
There are currently no Public Hearings scheduled
Anyone who believes their interests are affected by the proposed bylaw may submit input in writing and/or attend the electronic meeting to provide verbal input. Written input may be submitted by email to email@example.com or by regular mail to the Deputy Corporate Officer, c/o Langley City Hall, 20399 Douglas Crescent, Langley, B.C. V3A 4B3 and must be received by no later than 12:00 pm on the day of the Public Hearing. All correspondence submitted by the deadline will form part of the public record and may be published in a meeting agenda. Personal information other than the name and residential address (street and municipality only) will be severed from the correspondence prior to publishing.
Interested parties may also register to attend the electronic Public Hearing and participate in the Zoom Webinar. Registration is required in order to participate in the meeting. Anyone who is uncertain of their ability to participate electronically is encouraged to send in their submission in writing before the deadline to ensure their submission is received. The Public Hearing will also be livestreamed on YouTube to enable those who wish to view the Public Hearing without participating.
The livestream of the meeting may be viewed by clicking the link below:
If you wish to attend the Public Hearing you may register by clicking the link below:
Participants may join the Public Hearing Webinar using a smartphone, a tablet or a computer with speakers and a microphone.
NOTE: It is recommended that you use Chrome, Internet Explorer or Edge as your Internet browser when joining the meeting. Some users have had issues trying to connect to Zoom Webinar using Safari. If you use Safari as your Internet browser we recommend changing your browser to one of the three listed above prior to joining the Zoom Webinar.
You will need to provide your first name, last name, email address, and city of residence. You do not need to have a Zoom account to participate in the electronic Public Hearing; however, you will be required to install “Zoom Client” on your device when prompted to do so in order to join the meeting.
Please note that this is a public meeting and will be livestreamed via YouTube and recorded and posted to the City's website. Each speaker will be asked to provide their name and the street (not house number) and municipality in which they live. This information will form part of the public record.
Participants who wish to speak at the Public Hearing may use the “raise hand” function in the webinar to indicate their wish to speak. This will automatically place the speaker in a queue. Participants will be invited to speak in the order in which they raised their hands. Each speaker may speak for a maximum of five minutes for each time the “raised hand” function is used. Participants will be muted until it is their turn to speak. Staff will then prompt the speaker to un-mute and they can begin speaking. Speakers will only have audio enabled, so only the speaker’s name will be shown unless a profile picture has been uploaded by the speaker through Zoom.