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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.
A case may be tabled or continued by one of the following means:1. The applicant or representative may submit a written request to the hearing body that his/her case be tabled/continued. The reason(s) for making the request must be significant, such as illness or the need for additional time to obtain important information. The hearing body can choose to accept or deny this request. If the case is denied, the case will either be heard as scheduled or automatically denied.
2. The hearing body may choose to table a case for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to the following: a. The hearing body determines that there is not sufficient time to begin or complete the hearing of a case. b. The hearing body asks that additional information be provided by the applicant, the opposition, or City staff.
When a case is tabled or continued, the hearing body sets the date certain for the hearing of the case. Since the case has already been legally noticed, no further notice will be given.