Public Hearing Process
The Council Building at City Hall is now open to members of the public in a limited capacity to appear as a delegation, speak at a public hearing or meet with elected officials by appointment.
All individuals entering City Hall and any other City-operated facility, including the City Clerk’s Department, located on the main floor in the Susan A. Thompson Building at 510 Main St., are required to wear a face mask.
Individuals entering the City Clerk’s Department are asked to respect physical distancing guidelines and stay a minimum of six feet apart at all times.
Please review the COVID-19 safety measures before visiting.
L’immeuble du conseil de l’hôtel de ville est désormais ouvert de façon limitée aux membres du public qui souhaitent se présenter à titre de délégation, s’exprimer lors d’une audience publique ou rencontrer un représentant élu sur rendez-vous.
Toutes les personnes qui entrent dans l’hôtel de ville ou dans toute autre installation exploitée par la Ville, y compris le Bureau du greffier, qui est situé au rez-de-chaussée de l’immeuble Susan-A.-Thompson, au 510, rue Main, doivent porter un masque.
Les personnes qui pénètrent dans les locaux du Bureau du greffier sont priées de suivre les consignes d’éloignement physique et de se tenir à au moins six pieds des autres en tout temps.
Veuillez lire les mesures de précaution liées à la COVID-19 avant votre venue.
The Public Hearing process is designed to provide the public with an opportunity to convey their views on development applications or other matter under a City by-law. Public Hearings are open to all members of the public.
Members of the hearing body constitute an impartial body that hears all sides on the merits of a development application in a public forum before making a recommendation or decision (as the case may be). Once public representations have been closed, members of the hearing body and members of the approving authority must not receive or consider any new information outside of the public hearing process. This is to ensure that all interested partied have an equal opportunity to hear and respond to representations.
All persons who would like to participate in a public hearing are asked to complete a short representation form at the hearing to indicate if they are registering in support of the application, in opposition to it, or for information only. Filling out this form ensures that all registered participants will receive notice of the hearing body's decision/recommendation on the matter and information on how to appeal (if applicable).
Unless otherwise directed by the hearing body, the applicant (and/or designate) is heard first, followed by those in support of the application. Next, those registered in opposition are heard, followed by those registered for information. Finally, the applicant may return if to speak in rebuttal to address matters raised during those representations. Please note that when your name is called, this is your opportunity to speak; however, you are not obligated to do so.
The hearing body may establish reasonable time limits for representations at a public hearing. The hearing body may also decline to hear presentations, questions or objections where the body is satisfied that the matter has been adequately addressed at the hearing.
All representations, verbal or written become part of the public record. Submissions to a hearing body must be received prior to, or during a hearing, and cannot be made following the conclusion of public representations.
After hearing representations, the hearing body may decide to either adjourn the matter or render its decision/make its recommendation to City Council. Depending on the type of application, the hearing body may or may not have the final decision making authority.
Should the result of a public hearing be a recommendation by to City Council, no further representations are permitted at Council or any other Committee as the matter proceeds to Council.
Some decisions made by the hearing body may be appealed. When a decision is appealed, the City arranges for a new public hearing by a different hearing body, which has the option to confirm, vary or cancel the order or decision of the initial hearing body.
In the event the hearing body adjourns the hearing, the date, time and place of the reconvened hearing will be announced at the time of adjournment. If not, the City will give notice of this information as though the reconvened hearing were a new hearing.
If you are unable to attend a public hearing, or if you wish to submit your comments in writing, you may do so by sending your submission to the City Clerk's Office as follows:
City Clerk's Department
Susan A. Thompson Building
510 Main Street
Winnipeg Manitoba R3B 1B9