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Public Hearings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with Ministerial Order No. M192/2020 and the Class Order (mass gatherings), public hearings will be conducted virtually and live-streamed on the City’s website.

Anyone who believes they are affected by a proposed bylaw shall be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard.

New Virtual Public Hearing

Beginning June 9, 2020, the City of Burnaby’s public hearings will use a virtual format, allowing anyone to participate in local government in a way that safeguards public health while ensuring city business can proceed.

  • Virtual public hearings will be livestreamed at 5:00 p.m. on the following dates:
    • June 9
    • June 23
    • July 28
    • August 25
    • September 29
    • October 27
  • Reports, bylaws and related information respecting the zoning bylaw amendments are available at burnaby.ca/eagenda
  • No presentations or submissions will be received by Council on any application after the conclusion of the public hearing.

Anyone who believes they are affected by a proposed bylaw will be able to participate in the following ways:

Submit Written Comments to Council

Email to clerks@burnaby.ca or mail to Mayor and Council, c/o Office of the City Clerk, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2.

Please note all written submissions must be received by 2:45 p.m. on the day of the public hearing and contain the writer’s name and address which will become a part of the public record.

Participate Live by Phone Conferencing

Dial toll free 1-855-353-9183 and follow participation instructions provided. Passcode: 59735#

Participate Live by Zoom Webinar

Join a Meeting

  1. Click the meeting link below, or dial toll free 1-855-703-8985, and enter webinar ID.

    Meeting Link to join meeting Webinar ID
    June 9 https://zoom.us/j/97341008141 973 4100 8141
    June 23 https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/65123387802
    651 2338 7802
    July 28 https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/69609883177 696 0988 3177
    August 25  https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/62779757832
    627 7975 7832
    September 29  https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/62065684351
    620 6568 4351
    October 27 https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/69093833875
    690 938 33875
  2. Follow the prompts to download and run Zoom. If required, enter the webinar ID, then click "join the webinar".
  3. Register with your full name – first and last name are recommended if you are speaking to a rezoning application.
  4. When you connect, your microphone will be muted.

During a Meeting

  1. Listen to the meeting and when you would like to speak to a particular rezoning application, click "raise hand" icon and wait for the Clerk to unmute your microphone. Click accept to unmute your microphone.
  2. State your name, address and confirm the rezoning application number you are addressing.
  3. You will have five minutes for your presentation.
  4. After all speakers have been heard, the Mayor will call for any additional speakers. If you wish to speak for a second time, please click "raise hand" icon again and wait for the Clerk to unmute your microphone.
  5. Council members may ask questions after you make a presentation. However, the main function of Council members is to listen to the presentations and not engage in debate.

Additional Information and Guidelines:

  1. A staff member will assist you with trouble-shooting minor technical issues (i.e. unmuting a microphone, raising a hand, etc.) via chat in Zoom.
  2. Zoom chat should only be used for communicating technical issues to staff. Do not provide comments or pose questions related to a rezoning application via chat.
  3. Please be advised that the Clerk's email, clerks@burnaby.ca, is not monitored during the public hearing.
  4. If you are unable to join a meeting via Zoom, please join by phone conferencing and vice-versa.

What is a Public Hearing?

The Local Government Act requires that a public hearing be held before Council adopts an amendment to a zoning bylaw (referred to as a rezoning application) or Official Community Plan. The purpose of a public hearing is to provide anyone who considers their interest in property affected by a proposed rezoning application an opportunity to present their views to Council.

How are People Notified of Public Hearings?

At least 10 days before the public hearing is held, a notice is sent to property owners and occupiers within a radius of 30 meters (100 feet) of the subject property. A notice is also published in two consecutive issues of a local newspaper.

What Happens to an Application after a Public Hearing?

Council will vote on second reading of the proposed zoning bylaw amendment at the next scheduled Council meeting. If Council supports second reading, the applicant will work with City staff to complete the rezoning requirements before Council grants consideration and third reading and final adoption of the bylaw.

If Council does not support the bylaw at second reading, the bylaw may be defeated or Council may postpone its decision until further information is received from staff.

How Can I Learn More?

Search and view proceedings of public hearings, including meeting agendas, minutes and reports via:

For further information regarding the public hearing process, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 604-294-7290 or clerks@burnaby.ca.

For details about a specific application, contact the Planning and Building Department at 604-294-7400.

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