Citizens are allowed to sign up to give testimony at public hearings. There are certain rules and procedures those providing testimony need to know in advance.
Public Hearing Process
- The applicant has up to 30 minutes for their presentation. A designated neighborhood association has an equal amount of time as the applicant to testify, if requested.
- The general public has 3 minutes, or approximately 500 written words, to testify.
- The applicant is allowed up to 5 minutes for rebuttal following public testimony.
- Written testimony:
— May be accepted at the public hearing if it is a copy of the oral testimony.
— All other written testimony and documents need to be submitted to the assigned city planner by 5 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the public hearing, in order to be included in the printed record presented to the review body.
- There is a 10-day appeal period following the decision made at the public hearing.
- Anyone who spoke at the hearing or submitted testimony can appeal the decision.
- No new information can be submitted after an appeal is filed.