The Council of Foothills County will hold the required public hearings regarding applications for land use redesignation and/or amendment and for the adoption of a new Area Structure Plan at the dates and times indicated below. The file for each application is available for review on our website, www.foothillscountyab.ca. To access the application file(s) on the website, please go to the “County Meetings” section on the front page of the website, click on the applicable Council Meeting date and you will be directed to the page of the website that contains the application files.
Public hearings are now being conducted in a hybrid format whereby participants may attend Council Chambers in person at the Foothills County Administration Building, 309 Macleod Trail S, High River, AB or by way of electronic communications using the Zoom Video Conferencing/Conference Calling platform.
At each hearing or meeting, Council will hear from the applicants, from any person who claims to be affected by the proposal, and from any other person who wishes to make representation AND that Council agrees to hear. A five-minute time limit has been imposed on submissions and presentations to Council. Permission for additional time may be requested and maybe granted at the discretion of the Chair.
Participation may be conducted using one of the following methods:
Foothills County will utilize Zoom as the video conferencing and conference call platform for public participation during the below scheduled public hearings. You may attend by video conference or by telephone (conference call). To participate, you must first register by email to publichear[email protected] and include the following information:
• Date and Time of the Public Hearing(s) you are attending
• Name (you must use the same spelling when registering and when signing in)
• Email Address
• Mailing Address (in order to receive written notice of the decision)
• Phone number (for contact purposes in case there are technical difficulties during the hearing)
• Your purpose for attending (i.e., applicant, agent, neighbouring landowner in support of, or in opposition to, the application, etc.)
The deadline for registration for each hearing is indicated below. Only registered participants will be allowed access to the hearing and late registrations will not be accepted. Once registered, instructions outlining how to connect by way of video conferencing or conference call will be sent to you. You will receive an email with detailed instructions within 48 hours of your scheduled hearing date and time.
Alternately, all public hearings will be live streamed and can be viewed via YouTube. A link to the YouTube stream will be available on our website, www.foothillscountyab.ca. Prior to or during the public hearing, you may submit comments for Council’s consideration by email to [email protected]. Please make sure to include your full mailing address and legal description to identify where you are located in relation to the subject parcel, as well as the name of the application or matter you are commenting on. Email submissions must be received during the public participation portion of the public hearing. Emails received after that point will not be considered by Council.
And finally, if you are unable to participate through one of the above methods, you may provide a letter in advance of the public hearing. Should you choose to submit a letter, please do so a minimum of 2 days prior to the scheduled public hearing date. Letters can be submitted by email to [email protected], mail, fax or dropped off at the Foothills County Administration Building. Please include your full mailing address and legal description to identify where you are located, in relation to the subject parcel, as well as the name of the application or matter you are commenting on. It is to be noted that all submissions will be considered to be part of a file that can be viewed by the public at any time.
After hearing all information at each public hearing, Council may do one of the following: (1) they may give a Bylaw three readings; OR (2) they may give a Bylaw one reading and then ask for further requirements; OR (3) they may postpone the matter if more information is required; OR (4) they may refuse an application.
A Resolution was passed by Council stating that all requests to adjourn or reschedule a public hearing or meeting be accompanied by a $500.00 fee.
Please note these are NOT applications for subdivision. The below mentioned applications are only for redesignation of property and/or amendments to the Land Use Bylaw and for the adoption of a new Area Structure Plan.
For further information, please contact the Planning & Development Department at: (403) 652-2341 or Email: [email protected]