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Types of Council Meetings

There are 4 different types of Council meetings

  1. Council-in-Committee
  2. Regular Council- Land Use
  3. Regular Council- Public Hearing
  4. Special (Regular) Council

All regular Council and committee meetings are open to the public. Learn dates and times of the next Council Public Hearing Items.

Council-in-Committee

Open to the public, this less formal meeting of City Council is usually held on Monday afternoons. This meeting provides a forum for the public to bring concerns before Council to be heard. In addition, these meetings deal with reports and recommendations from City staff which generally require a presentation or a more lengthy discussion process.

Regular Council - Land Use

Official community plan, zoning by-law, or other land-use applications are first introduced at the Land Use meetings held on Monday afternoons. Council reviews and comments on the applications brought forward by the Planning Department and decides whether or not to proceed to resident input in a Public Hearing meeting. Once the public has had the opportunity to provide input, the applications are reviewed again at a future Land Use meeting at which time they may be approved or denied.

Regular Council - Public Hearing

When an application for change to an official community plan or zoning by-law is received, a public hearing is held in order for local residents to provide input that will assist Council in the decision making process. These open meetings are held on Monday evenings and are live-streamed via channel 4 on the Shaw cable network to homes in Surrey.

Special (Regular) Council

This is a brief meeting held in order to close the next meeting to the public and explain why. A Closed meeting is also called an 'In-Camera' meeting although the meeting is not filmed.