Bat Out of Hell
Council Public Meeting - Development at Yonge & Westwood to be discussed
Council Public Meeting - Development at Yonge & Westwood to be discussed

The major condominium development, with a proposed 24 storey building, at the south west corner of Yonge & Westwood will discussed. This is an opportunity to here about the development and an opportunity to make comments.

Click here for the notice

Please see below for the parameters of a council public meeting, including asking to present your comments

............................................................................

There are 3 types of General Council Meetings

  • Committee of the Whole
  • Council Meeting
  • Council Public Meeting

Committee of the Whole (COW)

  • Meets every first and third Mondays at 4:30 (except when Monday is a holiday and then the meeting is held on a Tuesday)
  • All members of council are to attend
  • This is a less formal meeting
  • The agenda is made available on the previous Friday. Click here
  • It is at these meetings that issues are brought to the council.
  • You may wish to register with the clerk’s office to register to present an issue. If there is a related item on the agenda, you would be added to the list of those making presentations (you are a ‘delegation’). (The request must be submitted by 12 noon on the day of the meeting
  • If your issue is being considered by the Town staff the clerk will let you know when the related staff report will be presented, and you will be invited to present at that time.
  • If your issue is not one that is to be addressed you will be put on the agenda for the next COW.
  • You are given 5 minutes to present. The council may ask you questions
  • There is the opportunity to use AV equipment. And you are encouraged to submit your reports either electronically or as a hard copy
  • Click here for the application form to present
  • If there is an issue that you would like to know when it was being addressed (i.e. funding for the hospital, dog parks) you can request to be notified. Click here for the form.
  • if you decide when you are at the meeting that you would like to speak, you may be granted permission, at the discretion of the Chair
  • Everyone is welcome to attend and listen. It is expected that the audience will respectfully remain quiet.
  • It is not necessary to register to attend.
  • It is not necessary that you arrive on time and you can leave when you wish.
  • The length of these meetings varies with the agenda
  • Attending a COW meeting is opportunity to see what issues are being considered by council and the Town’s staff, and they are an opportunity to see how your elected officials represent you.
  • COW meetings may be long and hence begin at 4:30 to reduce the chance that they will be continuing long into the night.

Council Meetings

  • These meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays at 7:30 (except when Monday is a holiday and then meeting is Tuesday, and not during the last 2 weeks of July and August)
  • All members of council are to attend
  • This is a less formal meeting
  • The agenda is made available on the previous Friday. Click here
  • All staff reports that are to be considered by Council eventually end up ratified by Council at this these council meetings. No other type of meetings can ratify and legitimize a decision; a decision or issue may have started at a Council Public or a Budget meeting but it is here that Council creates bylaws that brings decisions into the realm of legal status.
  • Prior to Council meetings, the Mayor invites members of the public to address Council on any issue not on the agenda. This Public Forum Period is limited to 15 minutes, after which the Council meeting begins.
  • At these council meetings there is a list of items/issues that council are presented with. Some of the items will not be discussed. They have been discussed at a COW meeting, and there are no issues, and will be adopted without discussion. Items that are separated are pulled are because
    • there is a delegation to speak to the item
    • a Council decision is required
    • a member of Council may pull an item because they have questions (although it is expected that the questions to staff have been made before the meeting)
  • The issues that will be discussed are “pulled” or “separated” and councillors will speak to them and ask staff to respond. Staff from the various departments know what items may be discussed and are present.
  • Everyone is welcome to attend and listen only.
  • It is not necessary to register to attend.
  • It is not necessary that you arrive on time and you can leave when you wish.
  • The length of these meetings varies with the agenda.
  • As are the COW meetings, this is an opportunity to see what are the issues being considered by council and the Town’s staff, and an opportunity to see how your elected officials represent you.

Typical Council Meeting Agenda

Call to Order/Prayer
Public Forum (not to exceed 15 minutes)
1. Council Announcements
2. Introduction of Emergency/Time Sensitive Matters
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Disclosures of Pecuniary Interest and General Nature Thereof
5. Adoption of Previous Council Minutes
6. Separation of Issues Requiring Discussion
7. Adoption of the Remainder of Agenda Items
8. Consideration of Issues Separated for Discussion
9. Other Business
10. Emergency/Time Sensitive Matters
11. Adjournment

 

Council Public Meetings

  • These meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays at 7:30, if required (except in July and August
  • all Council attends
  • These are not Council meetings;  planning applications are discussed and a different set of rules applies. No decisions are made
  • If there are no applications that need to be reviewed there will be no meeting
  • If there are no issues than the application is approved.
  • Those making the application (either an individual home owner, business or a developer) may speak and as well the public is encouraged to come forward and speak on a planning matter. It is best to have registered so you are on the agenda but exceptions will be made. It is at the discretion of the Chair if you will be permitted to speak.

Other types of Council Meetings

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Budget Committee
  • Civic Precinct Task Force
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Economic Development Task Force
  • Heritage Richmond Hill
  • Oak Ridges Community Centre and Park Project Steering Committee
  • People Plan Task Force
  • Richmond Hill Public Library Board

These meetings are open to the public.