Having your say: A comparative review of public input practices for development approvals in British Columbia

A comparative review of public input practices for development approvals in British Columbia

Authors

  • Barrie Nicholls Government of British Columbia
  • Tamara Krawchenko University of Victoria

Keywords:

Local government, Development approvals, Public engagement, British Columbia

Abstract

Public input and engagement on land use decisions are one of the most visible and contentious aspects of local government administration. Minimum public input requirements for planning and land use decisions are described in legislation, with public hearings having a framework set out in common law. Beyond these requirements, each local government can develop its own processes for development approvals. Growing public expectations that public engagement will be practiced in a fair, robust and transparent way presents a challenge for local governments to develop policies and practices to support this important work. This comparative review examines the guidance and practices used to structure public participation and engagement in development approvals in select British Columbia municipalities. It explores how these tools are structured and identifies leading communications and deliberative practices.

Author Biographies

Barrie Nicholls, Government of British Columbia

Barrie Nicholls (MPA) is a programme anlayst in the Government of Brtish Columbia's Minisry of Municipal Affairs. 

Tamara Krawchenko, University of Victoria

Dr. Tamara Krawchenko is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration and member of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria. Dr. Krawchenko is an expert in comparative public policy and regional development.

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Published

2022-05-30