After two months of suspending all public consultation, District of West Vancouver council is preparing to hold public hearings once again, but electronically.
At a council meeting on May 25, 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
Holding public hearings electronically will allows West Vancouver council to make important land use decisions while complying with the public health order on mass gatherings and the recommendations on safe physical distancing.
Council will attend the public hearings remotely.
Members of the public are able to either provide written submissions in advance or address council via a webcam in the chamber.
Because in-person participation will be limited, written submissions will be appreciated, West Van said.
“We are pleased that the provincial government has given us the legislative framework to conduct public hearings electronically,” says Mayor Mary-Ann Booth.
“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.”