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Statement from the Commission

IPC monitoring and adapting to evolving Covid situation

Posted: 25.01.2022

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the Independent Planning Commission’s day-to-day operations.

We have found innovative solutions to the challenges presented by Covid and associated restrictions over the past two years, including moving to electronic public hearings (as required by current law) and meetings and virtual site inspections using geospatial technologies.

However, we are keen to ensure interested individuals and groups have the opportunity to once again present to our decision-makers in person as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so.

The Commission will continue to monitor case numbers moving forward and, in the absence of any public health orders affecting its operations, will make decisions around operational matters on a case-by-case basis with the health of the community, Commissioners and staff front of mind. Where public health orders are in place, the Commission will strictly adhere to those orders.

In the meantime, members of the community can register to speak at our electronic public hearings and meetings via telephone or videoconference and/or submit their comments on matters before the Commission in writing.

We are also examining ways to include interested individuals and/or groups as independent observers on virtual site inspections to ensure transparency around this process.

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