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Public Hearings

June 2021

Amendment to the West Lethbridge Employment Centre Area Structure Plan

Bylaw 6277

The West Lethbridge Employment Centre Area Structure Plan currently allows for interim land uses to utilize no more than 20% of a given parcel and to be setback a minimum of 200 m from University Drive. The proposed amendment will extend this maximum utilization for interim land uses to 75% and for the setback from University Drive be reduced to 25m for interim uses for 270 University Drive W.

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The Westminster Area Redevelopment Plan

Bylaw 6236

​The Westminster Area Redevelopment Plan (WARP), Bylaw 6236, is under review by City Council. It received its First Reading on August 24, 2020, and a Public Hearing was held on Stepmebr 21, 2020. On November 2, 2020, City Council identified several amendments to the WARP and on May 18, 2021, these were approved by City Council.

The WARP will be discussed at a second Public Hearing on June 15, 2021, and there is an opportunity for you to share additional feedback with Council.

The role of the WARP is to provide a planning framework and supporting policies for the redevelopment of the Westminster neighbourhood.

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2604 & 2702 34 Street North

Bylaw 6289

​The proposed rezoning will allow the development of an animal care facility that allows overnight accommodations and outdoor activities in addition to other land uses that are currently allowed under the existing Business Industrial (I-B) land use district.

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Municipal Development Plan

Bylaw 6265

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP}, Bylaw 6265, is under review by City Council. It received its first reading on February 9, 2021, and a Public Hearing was held from March 29 to April 1, 2021. On May 18, 2021, the MDP received Second Reading and various amendments were approved by City Council based on the feedback received during the March 29 to April 1 Public Hearing.

The MDP will be discussed at a second Public Hearing on June 29, 2021, and there is an opportunity for you to share additional feedback with Council.

The role of the MDP is to set a vision and policy guidance for the City to improve residents' quality of life, to meet the community's changing needs, foster a prosperous local economy, and grow in a responsible manner for years to come.

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What is a Public Hearing?

Public hearings are your chance to share your opinions and views on specific topics with City Council. These hearings are open for anyone to speak at or to submit written comments to (before 12:00 PM the Monday before the hearing).  

Public hearings are typically held to discuss: 

  • planning and development related matters (such as rezoning of residential areas); 
  • new bylaws or changes to existing bylaws; and
  • road closures

 Fill out the Public Hearing Submission Form

What will happen during the Public Hearing? 

  1. Administration will provide an overview of the topic. 
  2. The applicant (or their designate) will be allowed five minutes to speak to the proposal. 
  3. The Chair, who is typically the Mayor or designate, will then call the names on the list of speakers in order. Each person may speak for a maximum of five minutes.
  4. If you don't add your name to the list, there is still an opportunity to speak. After all the names on the list have been called, the Chair will call three times for any additional speakers. You can indicate your wish to speak at that time. 
  5. City Council may then choose to ask questions of any of the presenters. Once all their questions are answered, the Chair may call the public hearing closed. 

After the public hearing has been closed, the matter cannot be discussed further. City Council may make their decision at that time, or they may defer it to a future date. They will not hear any further speakers or accept any further written comments on the topic. 

How can I participate in a Public Hearing?

Anyone may submit a written submission or give a verbal presentation to a public hearing. 

A written submission provides your comments directly to an item as part of the agenda, and will be received by City Council in advance of the public hearing when the agenda is published. This may allow Council to consider your comments prior to the public hearing. 

A verbal presentation is open to anyone, any group or any representative to articulate their position on a public hearing topic. These presentations are received at the public hearing and form part of the archived video recording of the meeting.

How do I submit written comments for a Public Hearing? 

You may submit written comments for a public hearing to the City Clerk's Office. 

Your comments must include your first and last name. You may also wish to provide your address, telephone number, and email address. This information will be used to create the speakers list. 

Written comments must be received before 12:00 P.M. the Monday before the public hearing is scheduled. 

What will happen to my written comments? 

All information submitted will become part of the public record, and will appear as part of the agenda for the public hearing, unless you expressly request the City Clerk's Office to remove it. 

Personal information is being collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for purposes of managing and administering the public hearing and to schedule you as a speaker. If you have any questions regarding the collection and use of your personal information, please contact the FOIP Coordinator at 403-329-7329.

All meetings of City Council are recorded. The City maintains a video archive of all City Council, Community Issues Committee meetings and public hearings. 

How can I ensure my presentation or comments are clear? 

The following suggestions may assist you in clarifying your position on a public hearing.

  • A written submission that highlights the issue and provides your position; and
  • Pictures or maps to provide visual clarity. 
Together, these items may assist in providing clarity around your written or verbal comments. 

When and how will I find out about the final decision of the Public Hearing?

City Council may choose to make a decision the same day as the public hearing or defer their deliberations until a later date. 

Final decisions will be reflected in the Minutes of the meeting in which the item was voted on. Minutes can be found at:    

How can I learn more about the Public Hearing? 

After the proposed bylaw receives first reading, the proposed bylaw and information about it are located on the City's website. 

You can also get a copy of the proposed bylaw and related information from the City Clerk's Office.