City business is discussed in public meetings that residents are encouraged to attend.
In addition to Council meetings, City business is discussed at Committee of the Whole meetings. Committee of the Whole offers a less formal setting where members of the public have opportunities to speak at the beginning of the meeting, participate in discussion about each agenda item, and to have the final word at the end of the meeting.
In the past, separate committees were in place to discuss issues related to a specific topic, such as transportation, planning or parks. One Council member would chair the committee with a vice chair, and two Colwood citizens would be appointed as members. This meant that often only one member of Council had the benefit of hearing citizen input firsthand before Council voted on an issue. It also often left public participation largely to the two citizen committee members, rather than inviting input from a broad range of residents and viewpoints.
Search all City committees in the Colwood Committee Index.