District of West Vancouver to resume public hearings
May 13, 2020
After suspending all public consultation in mid-March as a result of the ban on mass gatherings, West Vancouver Council is preparing to hold public hearings once again.
The May 25 Council meeting will be held as previously scheduled. At that meeting, Council will consider a recommendation to schedule an electronic public hearing in late June to consider an application for an amendment to the "Gateway Residences" at 707 and 723 Main Street (previously addressed/known as 752 Marine Drive).
“We are pleased that the provincial government has given us the legislative framework to conduct public hearings electronically,” says Mayor Mary-Ann Booth, “and we need to take this important first step toward economic recovery. This is a very important function if Council is to continue our work to increase the number of affordable housing units in our community.”
Holding public hearings electronically allows West Vancouver Council to continue to make important land use decisions while complying with the public health order on mass gatherings and the recommendations on safe physical distancing.
In an electronic public hearing, Council attends remotely. Members of the public are able to either provide written submissions in advance or address Council via a webcam in the Council Chamber. In-person participation will be limited due to Council Chamber capacity and physical distancing requirements, so written submissions are appreciated.
Electronic council meetings are already being held in West Vancouver and other municipalities. Additional technology is being implemented to support public submissions to Council via webcam. More information will be provided when the Council agenda is posted to westvancouver.ca.