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Public Notices and Hearings

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. Written comments must be received before 12:00 P.M. the Monday, 8-days before the public hearing is scheduled (or the following Tuesday when there is a Holiday).

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

Public Notices

This page will hold the City's public notices to ensure that legislated advertisements are published, accessible, and archived. 

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

If you submit comments in writing on any issue advertised here, the information you provide may be made public, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

  • To submit an application regarding upcoming issues please click here.

Public Hearings

Public Notices

  • Image of Notice of Change of Time to Meeting of City Council on January 23, 2024
    Notice of Change of Time to Meeting of City Council on January 23, 2024

    I, Blaine Hyggen, as Chair of the Agenda Review Committee of the City of Lethbridge, provide notice that the Closed portion of the City Council meeting for the City of Lethbridge, originally scheduled for 12:30 P.M. on January 23, 2024 has been changed to begin at 10:00 A.M. on January 23, 2024 in the Council Chamber, City hall, City of Lethbridge.

  • Image of Outline Plan Amendment
    Public Notice - Outline Plan Amendment

    Civic Works Standing Policy Committee will be considering the amendment to the Watermark Outline Plan.  The updated plan provides guidance on how land is used, serviced, and accessed to be more efficient and meet current market demands.

Public Hearing FAQs

  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. 

 

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.

 

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, 8-days before the public hearing is scheduled. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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: agendas.lethbridge.ca/AgendaOnline.  

 

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.

 

Notice Type Descriptions

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. Written comments must be received before 12:00 P.M. the Monday, 8-days before the public hearing is scheduled (or the following Tuesday when there is a Holiday).

When a Public Hearing is required by provincial legislation, notice of the Public Hearing must be given. During the Public Hearing Council must hear any person or group claiming to be affected, and may hear any other person who wishes to speak. Public Hearings are required before the second reading of many different Bylaws. These include Road Closure Bylaws, Charter Bylaws, Brownfield Tax Incentive Bylaws, Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaws, and Planning Bylaws.

A Public Hearing is also required before a municipality passes a resolution authorizing the municipaliy to control a corporation, to enter into a brownfield tax exemption agreement, or to change the designation of reserved land or dispose of the land by sale or lease.

All meetings of City Council and its Standing Policy Committees are established during Council's annual Organizational Meeting, where Council adopts their annual meeting calendar.

View the full Council Calendar.

​The Organizational Meeting is a public meeting that occurs annually as mandated by the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Councillors are assigned roles on committees and other bodies, select both a Deputy Mayor and Acting Mayor, review pertinent policies, select meeting times, and make any other relevant organizational decisions for the year.  The meeting must occur no later 2 weeks after the 3rd Monday in October.

 

 

 

​According to provincial legislation, 24-hour notice must be given to the public regarding any changes to a regular meeting of Council (date, time, location), otherwise, notice for a Regular Meeting of Council does not need to be given. City Council Meetings are held in Council Chambers at City Hall commencing at 12:30 p.m. and are open to the public unless Council moves into a closed meeting in accordance with The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Additionally, the City of Lethbridge Procedure Bylaw allows for changes to be made outside of  these provisions if advertised on the City's website, advising local media, posting on City social media, and utilizing other reasonable means of notification (see section 67-68). Schedule of regular Council meetings for the year.

The Mayor may call a special meeting with a specific purpose if the Mayor considers it appropriate to do so, or if requested by a majority of Councillors. A special council meeting must be held within 14 days after the date of request. The meeting is called by giving at least 24 hours’ notice in writing to each Councillor and the public stating the purpose of the meeting and the date, time and place at which it is to be held.

Less than 24 hours’ notice to Council (and no notice to the public) is acceptable if at least 2/3 of the whole Council agrees to this in writing before the beginning of the meeting. No matter other than that stated in the notice may be transacted at the meeting unless the whole Council is present at the meeting and the Council agrees to deal with the matter in question.

​Standing Policy Committee Meetings shall be held in Council Chambers, commencing at 1:30 p.m. on the dates posted in the Council Calendar unless the municipality gives at least 24 hours' notice of a change to the members of the committee, and to the public.

 

 

​Meetings of any Board, Commission, or Committee excluding Standing Policy Committees will be set by each specific Board, Commission, or Committee, open to the public, and the dates, times and locations will be advertised here. All Boards, Commissions, and Committees, excluding Standing Policy Committees, must give a minimum of 24 hours' notice to its Members and to the public prior to a Meeting. 

These notices are to inform the public of bylaws that will authorize the City Council to incur indebtedness/borrow funds from the Government of Alberta or another authorized financial institution to finance the items outlined in the corresponding Bylaws.

For the purposes of the Municipal Government Act, sections 251 and 231(3), the following bylaws were last advertised on August 13, 2022.

Anyone wishing to file a petition with respect to a Borrowing Bylaw, please Click Here.

 

Each municipality must publish a notice that the assessment notices have been sent. Our Tax and Assessment department provides notices to the public to ensure that taxpayers are aware of assessments, tax deadlines, distribution of tax notices, and Public Auctions on properties. 

For Information about the mailing of 2022 Assessment Notices and Appeal Process, click here.

 

A municipality must advertise a public auction when selling a property from the tax arrears list. The notice must specify the date, time and location of the public auction, the conditions of sale, and a description of each parcel of land to be offered for sale.​

Recently-issued development permits for discretionary uses and for waivers of regulations.  This public notice is in addition to the official public notice in the Saturday issue of the Lethbridge Herald.

Any affected person objecting to these permits has the right to appeal the decision within a specified period.  Appeal procedures are explained in each notice.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

 

Proposals to be considered by the Municipal Planning Commission at its next meeting.  Any affected person has the right to appear before and provide input to the Commission.  Meeting date, time, location and procedures are explained in each notice. 

Any affected person objecting to these permits has the right to appeal the decision within a specified period.  Appeal procedures are explained in each notice.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

 

Applications to be considered by Council at the next Public Hearing.  Any affected person has the right to appear before and provide input to Council.  Meeting date, time, location and procedures are explained in each notice. 

Any affected person objecting to these permits has the right to appeal the decision within a specified period.  Appeal procedures are explained in each notice.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

 

​A municipality must give reasonable notice of its intention to discontinue provision of a municipal utility service. 

​The City has 45 days after receipt of a Recall Petition to determine whether the petition is sufficient. If the petition is sufficient, the municipality must publish the declaration of sufficiency on the municipality's website.

​Most petitions to Council or to the Minister of Municipal Affairs do not need to be published as a notification to the public. However, provincial legislation dictates that a Notice of a Recall Petition must be published on the municipality's public website within 7 days from the date which the notice is determined eligible under legislation.

​A Member of Council may submit a Notice of Motion to the City Clerk for inclusion on an Agenda, such Notice of Motion should contain the date of the Regular Council Meeting the Member wishes it to be brought forward for debate. If a Notice of Motion does not contain a date, it will be removed from the Agenda after four (4) months. While the notice does not have to be publicized, the City can publish these on the website.

 

​Bylaws required to be advertised by the muniipality under provincial legislation include a Road Closure Bylaw, Borrowing Bylaw, Loan Bylaw, Guarantee Bylaw,  and Local Improvement Tax Bylaw- Municipality's share of the cost, Off-Site Levy Bylaw, and a Bylaw for Changes to Environmental Reserve.

 

​The City of Lethbridge has applied to Alberta Environment Parks for an amendment to the existing approval to construct, operate, and reclaim the proposed Class 1 compost facility. View it here

 

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