Pitt Meadows holds open houses online

Have your say on a land use bylaw and city's greenhouse gas reduction plan

The City of Pitt Meadows hopes moving poorly attended open houses about bylaws and regulations into a virtual realm will attract more participation.

Residents will get a chance to comment online about the city’s draft energy and greenhouse gas emission plan, as well as a current review of its land use bylaw.

“Open houses really don’t draw the numbers,” said city director of operations Kim Grout.

City staff have been working on updating Pitt Meadows’ land use bylaw since 2008, to modernize the document and make it easier to use and comprehend.

A land use bylaw regulates the use, size, height, density and location of buildings on properties within the city.

The other document up for comment outlines strategies Pitt Meadows can adopt to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 13 per cent of 2007 levels by 2017.

In a report to council, director of corporate services Laurie Darcus said many people find online access, at their convenience, a better alternative to schedule open houses.

• More information about the open houses is available at pittmeadows.bc.ca. The greenhouse gas emission plan will be available for comment until July 13 and the land use bylaw will be online throughout summer.