What Is a Public Hearing?
Public Hearings are held for Official Community Plan (OCP) and Rezoning Amendment applications. They provide a forum for public comment on proposed amendments.
The Local Government Act provides opportunity for property owners to change the OCP or zoning designations on their properties by applying for an amendment through the local governing municipality.
The District of West Kelowna schedules Public Hearings after the first and second readings of the proposed amendment bylaw has been given and authorized to proceed to public hearing by Council.
Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw
The Official Community Plan (OCP) is the long-term vision and consolidation of Council’s policies and objectives for land use, community well being and the form and character of development. Property owners can apply to amend land use designations within the Official Community Plan to permit uses not allowed under the current designation.
The District’s Zoning Bylaw guides land use by regulating the permitted use and density of land and siting, size and dimensions of structures. A zoning amendment or “rezoning” is the process of changing the zoning to allow use of the land not permitted under the current zoning.
An OCP and zoning amendment can be considered simultaneously.
The District’s OCP and Zoning Bylaw are available for viewing on this website.
Notifying the Public
The District of West Kelowna, in accordance with the Local Government Act, notifies the public of upcoming Public Hearings by:
Where required, mailing notifications to property owners and tenants in occupation within 100 metres of the subject property;
Advertising a notice in two consecutive issues of a newspaper;
Posting information on the District’s website.
Conducting the Public Hearing
When possible, Public Hearings are broadcast live via Webcast and all webcasts are provided for viewing after the meeting on the District's website;
At the beginning of the Public Hearing the proposed amendment(s) are introduced;
The Mayor will then call for speakers and will facilitate the speaker's list;
Each interested person will be given an opportunity to speak to Council on the application;
Speakers are asked to provide their name and address for the record;
After all speakers have been heard, the Mayor will call three times for speakers to come forward; if there are none, the Public Hearing on that item is closed.
After the Public Hearing
When deliberating the third reading of a bylaw, Council takes into consideration information received at the Public Hearing, information submitted prior to the Public Hearing and relevant District policies and objectives.
Examples of information can include input from members of the community, submissions from the applicant and/or the applicant's consultants, stakeholders' submissions and reports from District staff.
PLEASE NOTE: After the Public Hearing is concluded, Council cannot receive or consider any submissions or new information from the applicant or public regarding the application.
If a submission is received after the Public Hearing, it will be provided to the Planning Department for information but will not be circulated to Council.
Your Say Is Important
The comments from the public who feel affected either positively or negatively by proposed amendments to the Official Community Plan or the Zoning Bylaw are vital in the decision-making process of Council.
West Kelowna Council encourages comment from the public. Please make your opinion known.
Making Your Submission
Persons wishing to make written submissions in advance of the Public Hearing may do so by:
Fax to: 778-797-1001, Attn: City Clerk
In person to District of West Kelowna Municipal Hall,
Attn: City Clerk, 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, BC
Submissions made in advance of the Public Hearing must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the business day prior to the public hearing. Any correspondence or written submission received after this deadline will not be circulated to Council, however may be presented at the Public Hearing by the person making the submission or their representative. Correspondence received after the 4:00 p.m. deadline may be included in the Public Hearing Binder and the name(s) of the individual submitting correspondence may be included in the minutes of the Public Hearing.
Correspondence received prior to 1st & 2nd readings of the bylaw amendment and authorized to proceed to public hearing does not form part of the public hearing record, but is retained within the application file. Please re-submit your comments if necessary.
Council cannot receive or consider any submissions or new information from the applicant or public regarding the application after the Public Hearing is concluded.
If you would like more information about the Public Hearing process, please contact us at:
District of West Kelowna
2760 Cameron Road
West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2T6
Phone: (778) 797-8830
Fax: (778) 797-1001