What happens at a public hearing?
1. Staff will briefly review the rules, procedures and conduct to be followed during the hearing.

2. The Mayor or Chairperson will begin the hearing of each case by reading the purpose of the application.

3. The Mayor or Chairperson will ask the staff to make a brief staff report of the request.

4. At the conclusion of this presentation, staff answers any questions the governing body may have regarding the case.

5. The City engineer or the City attorney may give additional reports.

6. The applicant or their representative testifies first and carries the burden of persuasion. In other words, they must persuade the hearing body to approve their request. At public hearings the applicant or their representative is given 20 minutes to testify.

7. The hearing body then may ask questions of the applicant. The questioning by the hearing body is not timed.

8. Next, individuals testifying in favor, neutral, then opposed testify. They are given three (3) minutes each to testify. If there is one spokesperson representing the entire opposition, they are given 10 minutes to testify.

9. After everyone has spoken, the applicant or representative has 10 minutes for rebuttal of the issues presented by the opposition.

10. The hearing body will close public testimony.

11. The hearing body they will discuss the application.

12. The hearing body can approve, modify, or deny an application.

13. The hearing body then renders a decision or may continue the application to a later date.

14. Decisions regarding annexations, development agreements, rezones, comprehensive plan map or text changes, ordinance amendments, subdivision plats, are in the form of a recommendation, which is made to the City Council. Any decisions made by the Planning and Zoning Commission can be appealed to the City Council.

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4. How do I make a request to obtain a copy of a public record?
5. What is the notification distance for a public hearing?
6. When are your calendared meetings/public hearings and at what times?
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