Participation in Public Hearings

Public Hearings provide an opportunity for members of the public to speak to Council on advertised planning and development matters and other matters as determined by Council. 

In accordance with Alberta’s Meeting Procedures (COVID-19 Suppression) Regulation which is intended to avoid exposing persons to COVID-19 and in response to physical distancing and regulations related to gatherings, Council Chambers is closed to the public at this time and modified Public Hearing Procedures may apply. The public is welcome to participate in the Public Hearing by submitting written comments or by remote participation.

How can I participate in a Public Hearing?

Public Hearings enable members of the public to provide direct input to Council. You may choose to submit written comments and/or attend the Public Hearing (e.g. phone, video conference). All visitors to City of Red Deer facilities are expected to follow the appropriate policies and procedures to ensure the safety and security of everyone working in and visiting our sites. This includes respectful remote participation in meetings (call-in etc.).

Written Submission:
You may choose to submit written comments and let Council know your opinions by:

  • Emailing your comments to legislativeservices@reddeer.ca;
  • Dropping off a written copy of your submission at City Hall (4914 48 Avenue) during business hours to the attention of City Clerk; or
  • Mailing your submission to City Council c/o City Clerk, Legal & Legislative Services, Box 5008, Red Deer, AB T4N 3T4.

For more information on providing written comments, please visit the Submissions page.

Remote Participation:
In accordance with Alberta’s Meeting Procedures (COVID-19 Suppression) Regulation, which is intended to avoid exposing persons to COVID-19 and in response to physical distancing and regulations related to gatherings, Council Chambers is closed to the public at this time.

The Public is welcome to participate in the Public Hearing by phone or electronically. Information on how to participate by phone or electronically can be found here:
Upcoming Public Hearings.

If you have questions about participation or need additional information on Public Hearing procedures, contact Legal & Legislative Services at 403-342-8132 or email legislativeservices@reddeer.ca.

Can I see the list of people registered to speak?

The list of speakers is not publicly available prior to the meeting. The names of speakers will be publicly available in the Minutes following the meeting.

How will I know it’s my turn to speak?

The speaking order will be determined by the Chair or delegate. For example, the Chair may determine that those in favour of the bylaw will speak before those who are opposed or vice versa; or speakers may be heard in the order that they registered (first come, first served).

If a speaker is absent when it is their turn to speak, City Council will hear from the next person on the list.

Regardless of the speaking order, the Chair will, prior to proceeding, ask if anyone else from the public wishes to speak to Council on the matter in order to ensure that everyone who wishes to speak has had an opportunity to do so.

Is there a speaking time limit?

Effective May 9, 2022, you may make a presentation or speak for up to 5 minutes. The 5 minutes does not include the time to respond to questions from Members of Council. You may only speak about the issue that is being considered at the Public Hearing. Following your presentation, any Member of Council may ask you questions.

Can I speak on behalf of someone else?

Yes, you may choose to speak for yourself or on someone else’s behalf. Please note that effective May 9, 2022, each speaker has 5 minutes to speak regardless of how many people they are speaking for.

Can I make comments to other presentations?

During the Public Hearing, you present your comments to City Council on how you are affected by the subject matter that Council is considering. There is no opportunity to rebut comments made by other speakers.