The purpose of Council Workshops is to review and discuss policies and other items of interest to Council. Although resolutions may be passed at this meeting, the intent is to make decisions to send an item to a Council Meeting for debate and vote, or to refer the item to staff for further information and next steps. Council Workshop meetings are generally held every second and fourth Tuesday beginning at 11:00 am hosted virtually including Council Chambers in City Hall (enter by the northern door on the east side of City Hall). Check the 2024 Council Meeting Calendar for specifics.
Committee of the Whole
Most items that Council will debate and vote on at Council Meetings are first presented at Committee of the Whole (CoW) meetings. The purpose of CoW meetings is to provide Council with an opportunity to ask City staff questions of clarification. No voting takes place other than Council deciding to either forward the item to the next Council Meeting for debate and vote, or send it back to staff for more information. Committee of the Whole meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month starting at 11:00 am hosted virtually including Council Chambers at City Hall. A Community Forum is held following adjournment of the meeting. Citizens have an opportunity during this Forum to speak to Council on any subject, with the exception of Public Hearing bylaws that have not reached a conclusion. Check the 2024 Council Meeting Calendar for specifics.
Council Meetings are the final venue for debate of issues before voting on bylaws and resolutions. These meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 pm hosted virtually including Council Chambers at City Hall (enter by the northern door on the east side of City Hall). A Question Period is held near the end of the meeting and provides citizens an opportunity to ask Council questions on any subject, with the exception of Public Hearing bylaws that have not reached a conclusion. Check the 2024 Council Meeting Calendar for specifics.
Provincial Legislation Changes for Public Hearings
On November 30, 2023, the Province adopted Bill 44, introducing amendments to the Local Government Act. These changes will apply to all residential development applications that did not receive first reading by November 30, 2023.
These changes are intended to streamline the delivery of more housing, services and infrastructure for growing communities in BC.
For details on the legislation changes and how they relate to the Province’s housing plans, visit the Province of BC’s Local Government Housing Initiatives page.
To comply with Bill 44, public hearings can no longer be held for:
- Residential rezoning applications consistent with the City’s Official Community Plan
- Amendments to the zoning bylaw that facilitates small scale multi-unit housing (e.g., laneway homes, triplexes, fourplexes, sixplexes)
- Mixed-use projects consistent with the Official Community Plan, where at least 50% of the project is residential
The public will continue to be notified of zoning changes by:
- The City mailing notifications to owners and tenants of properties undergoing rezoning, as well as people who live within 50 metres
- The developer displaying a development application sign on the site
Interested persons who believe themselves impacted by a potential rezoning can contact City staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When required, public hearings are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall (enter by the northern door on the east side of City Hall). Check the Council Meeting Calendar for specifics.
City of Maple Ridge public hearings are held in accordance with Council Policy No. 3.17 - Public Hearing Process.
Public Notification of Upcoming Public Hearing:
At least ten days before a Public Hearing is held, each applicant must update the Development Sign on the property with the details of the Public Hearing, and the City sends notices to property owners and occupants within a radius of 50 meters (164 ft.) of the subject property. In some cases (e.g. a city-wide amendment, or large area change) legislation requires advertisement only, and not separate notices to individual property owners. Public Hearings are advertised in two consecutive issues of the local newspaper and online. The staff report and Public Hearing package is available for access ten days before the Public Hearing at the Planning Department counter at City Hall between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm weekdays (excluding statutory holidays), or in the City’s online Agenda Centre under Public Hearing.