The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) has released its Study Paper on Public Hearings: An Examination of Public Participation in the Adoption of Local Bylaws on Land Use and Planning. This provides a comprehensive overview of British Columbia’s public hearings law and lays the necessary groundwork to initiate law-reform projects to determine how public hearings could be transformed to better serve communities in BC.
The study paper was developed to support the law-reform project being carried out by the Strengthening Canadian Democracy Initiative of the Simon Fraser University Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The Renovate the Public Hearings Project plans to use this study paper in consultations held in Spring 2022, and “convene a generative dialogue to identify what is valued about current public hearing procedures and criteria that should be used to evaluate any alternatives”. Consultations will inform the project’s work streams unfolding over the next two years.
Although this BCLI study paper wasn’t intended to evaluate the current law and recommend reforms, it may play a helpful role for groups that are interested in law reform.
CBABC Members are invited to indicate their interest in responding to this study paper and developing CBABC recommendations for reform by contacting Jo-Anne Stark at email@example.com, by May 19, 2022.