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
Keywords:Local government, Development approvals, Public engagement, British Columbia
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.
Copyright: Institute of Urban Studies