How Does a Public Hearing Work?
- Public hearings provide citizens with the opportunity to comment on a proposed project before the review board
- Public comment may be submitted by email, phone, letter or in person at the public hearing
Common Procedures for Public Hearings:
Please be aware that there may be several items on the agenda the day of your public hearing, which will generally follow the procedures below:
- Opening Comments and Other Agenda Items - Before your project is reviewed, there may be several other agenda items that the board will need to work through first.
- Staff Presentation and Recommendation on the Application - Once your project is up on the agenda, staff will present the facts of the case and present their recommendation, which is also done in writing. You can review staff's recommendation and memo two (2) business days before the scheduled meeting.
- Applicant Comments and Presentation - After the staff presentation, you will be able to address the approval board yourself. The applicant has the burden to demonstrate that the proposed development complies with the Land Use Code. At this time, the applicant also must present an affidavit that adequate public notice was given for the meeting.
- Public Comment - As a public hearing, the approval board will provide citizens the chance to comment on the proposed development.
- Board Discussion and Vote - After all presentation and comments conclude, the board will begin discussing the project and asking clarifying questions. The board may reach agreement and vote on the project at this time, or it may continue the hearing to a fixed date