Residents invited to provide input on amendments to Council Procedure Bylaw

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Residents are invited to participate in a public input opportunity and provide feedback to Leduc City Council on proposed Bylaw No. 1164-2023, a bylaw to amend the Council Procedure Bylaw No. 493-2001. The public input session will be held during a City Council meeting at the Leduc Civic Centre on Nov. 20. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

Specifically, the amendments are focused on changes to the public commentary portion of City Council meetings (updated section 8) and to introduce an Agenda Review Committee (new section 3). 

Residents are encouraged to review the current Council Procedure Bylaw and proposed amendments to understand what is being considered. 

Ways to Provide Input: 
Input will be accepted through two methods. 

  • In-person by speaking directly to Council during the input session. Speakers are not required to register in advance but must sign-in at the start of the meeting.
  • By written submission; must be submitted by 12 p.m. on Nov. 15 to Written submissions will be included in the online agenda. 

Public commentary during Leduc City Council meetings has been suspended since June 25 when members of Council and City staff were threatened and harassed during this portion of the meeting. Shortly after, Leduc RCMP stated during a Special Council meeting that the present meeting format did not guarantee the safety of Council and City staff. 

Since this time, Council has discussed bringing public commentary back in a way that balances opportunities for the public to speak directly to Council and ensuring safety for all. It is important for residents to participate in the public input session so City Council can consider their feedback in the decision-making process. 

The City is holding a public input session instead of a public hearing because City Council is very interested in hearing community input and this bylaw does not legislatively require a public hearing. The intended outcome of a public input opportunity and public hearing is the same: to hear from the community on a decision that needs to be made. If we had opted to follow the public hearing process, the next steps would be delayed to account for the required 14-day notice period.