Examples of when Public Hearings are required include:
- presentation of the annual financial plan of the municipality
- revisions to the operating budget that increases transfers from surplus and reserves or tax revenue, or increases estimates in the capital budget
- long-term borrowing by the municipality for capital projects (if not included in the annual financial plan of the municipality)
- proposal to close a municipal road
- proposal for local improvements / special services
- proposal to adopt or amend a development plan or zoning bylaw application
Requirements for Public Hearings recognize the important role that the public plays in the decision-making process. The Public Hearing enables Council to provide comprehensive information on a proposal to citizens and obtain their input on the proposal before making a final decision. Knowing the views of the public will assist Council to make the best possible decision on behalf of all citizens and ratepayers in the municipality.
Notifying the Public:
- Notifications will be hand delivered to adjacent property owners of the subject property;
- Advertising a notice in two consecutive issues of a newspaper;
- Posting information on the City of Thompson website.
Conducting the Public Hearing:
- Public Hearings will be broadcasted by Shaw and can be viewed on Channel 11 or the City of Thompson 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.