Public Comment Opportunity: Parks & Open Spaces Bylaw

Public Notice

News Release #2023-02 Public Comment Period - Bylaw No. 1951 Parks and Open Spaces

At a Special Open Meeting on Monday, March 27th, 2023, beginning at 5:00pm, Smithers Town Council will seek public comment on the draft bylaw No. 1951 Town of Smithers Parks and Open Spaces Bylaw.

The draft bylaw update was triggered by a recent legal review of the existing outdated Parks Bylaw No. 24, adopted in 1926. Key changes include Temporary Overnight Sheltering locations, acceptable uses on public lands, and provisions related to animals in parks.

Anyone who believes they will be affected by the proposed bylaw adoption is invited to share their thoughts in person at this Special Open Council meeting or submit written comments. All written submissions must be received at the Town Office before 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 21st, 2023. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at the Town Hall, 1027 Aldous Street, Smithers, BC and Facebook livestreamed at

The relevant background information can be obtained through the links below or from the Town Office (1027 Aldous Street) Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

1. Report to Council - DEV 23-006 - Updated Parks & Open Spaces Bylaw

2. Current Bylaw No. 24 - Parks & Boulevards Bylaw 

3. Draft Bylaw No. 1951 - Parks & Open Spaces Bylaw

4. Potential Parks to Contain an Allowable Temporary Overnight Sheltering Area

For further information, please contact us at (250) 847-1600 or