Public Hearings

Public Hearings

When is a public hearing required?

When the District is proposing to adopt or amend its Official Community Plan or Zoning Bylaw, it must hold a public hearing. The District holds its public hearings after second reading of the proposed bylaw but before third reading of the bylaw to adopt or amend the Official Community Plan and or Zoning Bylaw

What is the purpose of a public hearing?
The purpose of a public hearing is to provide a reasonable opportunity for all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw to be heard by Council or to present written submissions regarding matters contained in the bylaw. It is your chance to express your support or your concerns about a particular development project which is occurring within the District.

The main function of Council at a public hearing is to listen to the views of the public. Council members may ask questions to clarify points raised in the submissions but it is not the role of Council at the public hearing to debate the merits of the proposed bylaw with individual citizens or each other.

How do I find out when a public hearing is being held?
Prior to the scheduled date for public hearing, a notice of the time and place of the public hearing is placed in two consecutive issues of one of the regional newspaper, the community board, and  the Town Hall. The notice includes information about the general intent of the proposed bylaws and identifies the property which is the subject of the bylaw. Copies of the notice are also sent to the owners and occupiers of properties which are within 120 metres of the boundaries of the property which is the subject of the bylaw.

Where do I get information about the Bylaw?
Copies of the proposed bylaw and the relevant background reports are available at the CAO at the Town Hall.

What happens at a public hearing?
Before the public hearing begins, you may be asked to sign a list in order to appear as a speaker before Council. The list is only used if there are going to be a number of speakers during the night.
At the start of the public hearing:

  1. The Mayor reads an opening statement to the public, indicating what will happen next.
  2. The CAO informs Council of any written submissions that were received prior to the public hearing.
  3. The CAO gives a descriptive overview of what is proposed by the bylaw.
  4. The Mayor then invites members of the public to make their verbal submissions.
  5. The speakers give their name and address and indicate whether they are in support of the bylaw or not and any reasons they wish to express to Council. If the speaker wishes to give written information to the Council, the speaker is to give the information to the CAO.
  6. Members of Council may ask questions at any time.
  7. When there is no one else wishing to speak, the public hearing is then closed.

There may be more than one public hearing held on the same night. The procedure is the same for all public hearings.

What happens if I wish to make a submission at the public hearing but I cannot attend the public hearing?
You can send a copy of your written submission to the CAO before the public hearing. You are encouraged to send the written submission by noon on the Friday before the public hearing is scheduled. However, you can still provide your written submission to the CAO the day of the public hearing.
Please note that your written submissions and your verbal comments, which are noted in the minutes, are available to the public. Consequently, you cannot request that your name and address be kept private.

What happens after the public hearing is closed?
After a public hearing is closed, Council is not permitted to listen to any further delegations or receive any written submissions on the same bylaw.

Third reading of the proposed bylaw can only be considered by Council after the public hearing has been held. At third reading of the bylaw, Council will have to decide whether it wishes to proceed with the bylaw, make changes to the bylaw or not to proceed. Usually, Council will consider third reading of the bylaw later that same night in the regular Council Meeting but that consideration may be postponed to a future Council meeting.

A Public Health Approach to Non-Medical Cannabis

POSTED: September 21, 2018 | Mayors Blog

As District of Stewart Council will adopt few by-laws at the coming meeting, I want to share with citizens the letter from the Northern Health. I feel that this is a very important matter for many people, living in Stewart and Council should consider Health Authorities recommendations.

Multiple sectors of society, and all levels of government, have roles to play in a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis legalization. Local governments, in particular, can adopt regulations aimed at reducing youth exposure to non-medical cannabis, high-risk use in general (e.g., heavy or frequent use, use with other substances), and unwanted exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke and vapour. Local governments can also support increasing public knowledge and awareness, to support risk reduction and destigmatization, without normalization or promotion. Local U]dS`\[S\bal Xc`WaRWQbW]\ W\ h]\W\U' ZO\R caS' PcaW\Saa ZWQS\aW\U' PcWZRW\U Q]RSa' \cWaO\QS by-laws, and enforcement, as well as their ability to advocate to higher levels of government, can all be leveraged to promote a public health approach to cannabis.4 Some specific areas of best practice5 where local governments can support a public health approach include: 

A Public Health Approach to Non-Medical Cannabis

POSTED: September 21, 2018 | Mayors Blog

As District of Stewart Council will adopt few by-laws at the coming meeting, I want to share with citizens the letter from the Northern Health. I feel that this is a very important matter for many people, living in Stewart and Council should consider Health Authorities recommendations.

Multiple sectors of society, and all levels of government, have roles to play in a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis legalization. Local governments, in particular, can adopt regulations aimed at reducing youth exposure to non-medical cannabis, high-risk use in general (e.g., heavy or frequent use, use with other substances), and unwanted exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke and vapour. Local governments can also support increasing public knowledge and awareness, to support risk reduction and destigmatization, without normalization or promotion. Local U]dS`\[S\bal Xc`WaRWQbW]\ W\ h]\W\U' ZO\R caS' PcaW\Saa ZWQS\aW\U' PcWZRW\U Q]RSa' \cWaO\QS by-laws, and enforcement, as well as their ability to advocate to higher levels of government, can all be leveraged to promote a public health approach to cannabis.4 Some specific areas of best practice5 where local governments can support a public health approach include: 

Stewart - the Best Town for Nature Lovers

POSTED: July 7, 2014 | Kids Blog

If you enjoy fresh air, hiking and wild life photography, see why this Bear Valley School student thinks you'll love Stewart!  => read essay

STEWART HAS THE BEST SOIL FOR GARDENING

POSTED: March 3, 2014 | Kids Blog

Read this essay from Lane Hyslop to understand why the soil in Stewart is great for gardeners!

Request for Proposal:  Website Design

POSTED: October 17, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is soliciting proposals to create a captivating, user-friendly website that showcases tourism opportunities of the region.  For more information click on this link:  RDKS Request for Proposals

Public & Technical Advisory Committee:  Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: October 12, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is providing an opportunity for the public to participate in this committee - for more information see the attachment.

Provincial State of Emergency Declared

POSTED: August 15, 2018

Please see the News Release from the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General-Emergency Management BC regarding the Province's response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

2018 Christmas Card Competition

POSTED: October 23, 2018

Calling all local artists and photographers!  You are invited to participate by submitting your original artwork or photograph to the District office by 4:30pm on Friday, November 9th.
For more details, please read the Christmas Card Competition link.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation