Public Hearings & Notices

Public Hearings

Public hearings allow the public an opportunity to express concerns regarding land use issues and more. Public hearings related to the Land Use Bylaw are required prior to a second reading of the proposed bylaw by council. City council may call a public hearing if there is a new bylaw or resolution being proposed that they deem public consultation necessary.

Written Submissions
After a public hearing date is set by council, any person may submit comments about the matter under consideration. Anonymous submissions are not accepted and an individual's name must be attached to every submission. Persons may want to consider the amount of personal information provided since these are public documents.  

Written submissions received from members of the public before 9 a.m. on the Friday before the hearing (which are typically held on Mondays) will be part of a record of public submissions published by 5 p.m. that day and will be distributed to Council. Submissions received after the deadline but before the close of the hearing will be added to the record after the hearing adjourns.

Any submissions that are: 

  • mailed or delivered to City of Wetaskiwin, PO Box 6210, Wetaskiwin AB, T9A 2E9  
  • faxed to 780-361-4402 
  • emailed to administration@wetaskiwin.ca (unless otherwise specified)

by 9 a.m. on the Friday prior to the public hearing will be included in the council agenda. Written and verbal submissions may also be made at the public hearing without prior notification to the City of Wetaskiwin. 

For more information regarding the City of Wetaskiwin’s procedures for a Public Hearing please contact our Legislative Executive Assistant at 780.361.4409 or send an email to administration@wetaskiwin.ca

Public Hearing Records
After the public hearing adjourns, the municipal clerk will prepare the minutes of the hearing, which record the following information: 

  • The names of administration and the applicant, or representatives of the applicant, who presented at the hearing; and
  • The names of the members of the public who provided written and/or verbal submissions, but not a summary of the presentations and/or a copy of any written materials provided.

The record of public submissions will include:

  • Written submissions received from members of the public, and
  • An electronic copy of the video recording of the meeting, if one was made.

Decisions requiring a public hearing
According to the Municipal Government Act of Alberta, council must hold a public hearing before the second reading of a bylaw, or before they vote on a resolution concerning:

  • Disposal of municipal and school reserve
  • Removal of municipal reserve designation
  • Change to environmental reserve use or boundaries
  • Land use planning bylaws:
    •  Land use bylaw and its amendments
    • Municipal development plan
    • Area structure plans
    • Area redevelopment plans
    • Intermunicipal development plans

2022 Public Hearings 

  • January 24, 2022: A public hearing was held to gather public input on the development of a Municipally Controlled Corporation (MCC), Peace Hills Utilities Inc., to assume all responsibilities for the operation of water and wastewater services within the municipal boundaries of the City after the City's current lagoon system was identified as being unable to meet  significantly more stringent effluent quality requirements have come into effect. Wetaskiwin city council approved the business plan for the creation of Peace Hills Utilities Inc. at the regular February 14, 2022, council meeting. For more information about this project, check out https://www.whatifwetaskiwin.ca/wastewater-treatment-facility. Watch the MCC public hearing at https://youtu.be/UIRskJYaYAQ?t=503
  • February 28, 2022: Community members we asked to provide input on the proposed removal of Municipal Reserve designation from a 1.3 acre portion of Plan 8721715, Block 9, Lot 27 MR (222 Northmount Drive), for the purpose of sale. The land contains a privately owned building and a parking lot. Council moved motion 078/22, which tabled the Municipal Reserve designation decision and directed Administration to ensure the community surrounding the park is appraised of what's going on through public consultation. Watch the public hearing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP7uOJXs750
  • March 14, 2022: A public hearing was held for Bylaw 2013-22 - Road Closure - Lane within Plan 7521197 north of Lot 43, Plan 7521197 with proposed the closure of an unused portion of a lane for the purpose of sale. The closure of this lane (Bylaw 2013-22) was approved by council during the March 14, 2022 meeting. Watch the public hearing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2hr94M3wl0