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Present at a Public Hearing

Introduction | Appeals

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All proposals, required to go through development review, are subject to evaluation at a public hearing. Please reference the Land Use Code, Section 2.2.7. There are two types of hearings, an administrative hearing (before an Administrative Hearing Officer or Type 1) or a board hearing (before Planning and Zoning Board or Type 2).

  • Administrative hearings are usually held in a City conference room and are not televised.
  • Board hearings are held in the City Council chambers at City Hall and are televised.
  • Administrative hearings are heard by an Administrative Hearing Officer.
  • Board hearings are heard by seven boardmembers, appointed volunteers, who are experts in related fields from the community.

Property owners of record, residing within at least an 800-foot radius of the boundaries of your proposal, are notified via U.S. Mail of the time, date, and place of the hearing. Additionally, an ad is placed in the local paper and a sign is posted on the property notifying the public of a development proposal under review.

The public hearing provides an opportunity for the public, Administrative Hearing Officer, or Planning and Zoning Board to hear from the applicant and staff regarding your proposal's details and recommendations. And also to consider testimony from affected parties-in-interest. Once your public hearing is scheduled, you can prepare by coordinating a short presentation to the decision-maker with your staff planner.

Administrative hearings are scheduled at any time with at least two weeks and one day lead time for notification. Planning and Zoning Board hearings are held the third Thursday of each month. Agendas are set for the Planning and Zoning Board hearings approximately one month in advance of the hearing.

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Appeals of the Administrative Hearing Officer's or Planning and Zoning Board's decisions are filed with the City Clerk's Office within 14 calendar days of the issuance of a decision by any of the following parties:

  • the applicant,
  • anyone who owns, occupies, or has some other legal interest in the subject property,
  • anyone who received the subject property's mailed notice, or spoke at its hearing,
  • anyone who sent written comments to the Administrative Hearing Officer or Planning and Zoning Board prior to the action which is being appealed, or
  • any City Councilmember.

Please refer to the City Clerk's Appeal Guidelines. Appellants must also follow the guidelines set forth in Chapter 2, Article II, Division 3 of the City Code.


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