Public Notices & Hearings

Public Notices

The following Public Notices are for the daytime Council meeting on December 7, 2023

The following Public Notices are for the daytime Council meeting on December 14, 2023

The following Public Hearings are for the evening Council meeting on December 14, 2023

Public Hearings

Unless otherwise noted, Public Hearings are held on the second and fourth Thursday. Meetings take place in the evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in Council Chambers at Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square. 

You can search upcoming and previous Public Hearings, including agendas, minutes and recordings.

Details about specific applications and other relevant documents are generally available on the City’s Development Tracker.

Development Tracker

Public Hearing Process

The Local Government Act requires that a Public Hearing be held before Council adopts an amendment to:

  • the Zoning Regulation Bylaw
  • an Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw
  • a land use contract termination

At least 10 days before the Public Hearing is held, a notice is sent to property owners and occupiers within a radius of 100 metres of the subject property. In addition, a notice is published in two consecutive issues of a local newspaper.

At the Public Hearing, all persons who consider their interest in property affected by a proposed application, will have an opportunity to present their views to Council. It is requested that speakers keep their comments to the subject of the proposed rezoning.

Participating in Public Hearings

You can indicate your support or opposition to a Public Hearing item in one of the following ways:

About Public Hearing Participation

During a Public Hearing, Council will not debate the merits of the proposed bylaw nor enter into dialogue with the public. There is no opportunity at the hearing to debate points-of-view expressed by other members of the public. Presentations or submissions must be received by Council before the Public Hearing. When the Public Hearing is closed, Council is not permitted to receive or consider any further submissions.

After the Public Hearing, Council will discuss, express opinions and vote on the third reading and adoption of the proposed bylaw amendments. If Council does not support the bylaw at third reading, the bylaw may be defeated or Council may postpone its decision until further information is received from staff. Council may only receive information from staff and the information may only address issues raised at the Public Hearing.

It is important to note and understand that Council has not made up its mind on the issue. While a Council member may have a position on an issue, they each come to the Public Hearing with an open mind, to listen to and hear from the public. You are being given the opportunity for Council to hear your views and opinions on the application.

Council is committed to ensuring that all people who speak at a Public Hearing are treated in a fair and respectful manner. No form of discrimination is acceptable or tolerated. This includes discrimination because of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or economic status. This Council Chamber is a place where all human rights are respected and where we all take responsibility to create a safe, inclusive environment for everyone to participate.

Privacy

Please note that the opinions you express orally and any presentations you submit to the City of Victoria will be webcast live and will be recorded to form a part of the public record. The correspondence you submit will form part of the public record and will be published on the agenda.

The City considers your address relevant to this matter and will disclose this personal information. This information informs Council’s consideration of your opinion in relation to the subject property and is authorized under section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Your phone number and email will not be disclosed. For more information on FOIPPA please email foi@victoria.ca.