The Galloway Lands public hearing has been scheduled for three nights in mid-June.
According to a May 17 release from the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK), the hearing will take place on June 14, 15, and 16 via Zoom. Additional dates can be added if required.
“Anyone interested in speaking will be required to register in advance. Registration details and the Zoom link will be posted once the RDEK has finalized the details. The public hearing will be livestreamed and available for all to observe.”
Any written submissions received between now and the submission deadline that will be posted in the public hearing notice will be included in the public hearing report and be part of the official public record.
“The RDEK is working to finalize the details of the public hearing as quickly as possible. The Public Hearing Notice will be posted on the RDEK’s website, in newspaper advertisements in June and on the E-Know website under the Public Hearings Section.”
The hearing has been scheduled following a pair of high-profile meetings on May 12 and 13 regarding the development proposal, which seeks to rezone the land between Mt. Fernie Provincial Park and the Fernie Alpine Resort to make way for up to 75 homesites.
The recent meetings first saw the planning committee recommend not proceeding with the bylaw amendments, and then saw the board of directors shift the next morning and vote to proceed to first and second readings and go to public hearing.
At the May 12 meeting, 14 delegates spoke. Ten were critical and four defended the proposal.
The RDEK release says: “Process was a key focus for many of the Directors in their decision to move forward with a public hearing, citing the importance of public hearings in the governance process.”
Area C director Rob Gay, who voted against the proposal proceeding, said: “The purpose of a public hearing is critical in the consideration of a Bylaw as it allows people on all sides of a proposal to have a formal opportunity to share their position and have that become part of the public record.”