Delegations to Council

Policy and Procedure for Persons Wishing to Appear Before New Westminster City Council

The City of New Westminster has launched a streaming video service to make Regular meetings and Public Hearing meetings accessible through the City’s website.  Note that if you appear as a delegation, you will be on camera and the meeting will be broadcast over the internet and television.  Regular meetings and Public Hearings are televised on Shaw Cable.


Purpose of Delegation Period
To enable the public the opportunity to address City Council regarding issues of municipal concern.
 
Delegations are not heard on Public Hearing nights.  The schedule of Regular meetings and Public Hearings can be found here.
 
*Please note* Any delegation wishing to provide a PowerPoint, PDF presentation, or video, must submit a copy of the presentation to by 12:00pm on the Friday prior to the Council meeting. The City reserves the right to edit the presentation to address privacy concerns.
 
Procedure
 
  1. The Regular meeting begins at 6:00pm, however the public is requested to appear in person just prior to 7:00 pm to complete the “Delegation Request Form” available within the Council Chamber to the right of the entry door. The form should set out the subject of the delegation. Completed forms should be placed in a tray located beside the blank forms.
    *please note that the start time for Open Delegations may vary from week to week, however delegates are required to appear shortly before 7:00pm to submit a Delegation Request Form.
     
  2. Delegations on land use bylaws (e.g. Official Community Plan amendment, rezoning, etc) are not permitted after a public hearing has been scheduled for the bylaw, unless the bylaw has been either adopted or defeated.
     
  3. When it is time for a delegation to be recognized and given an opportunity to speak, the Mayor or presiding member will ask the delegate to come forward from the gallery to the speaker's desk to address Council. Submissions should not exceed five minutes.
     
  4. Persons addressing Council shall refrain from engaging in improper conduct including personal attacks or abusive language.