GENERAL PUBLIC HEARING PROCEDURES ON LAND USE MATTERS
A. The meeting shall be chaired by the Mayor or designated alternate. The hearing shall be conducted to provide for a
reasonable opportunity for all interested parties to express themselves, as long as the testimony or evidence being given is
reasonably related to the purpose of the public hearing. The Chair has the authority to limit debate to a reasonable length
of time to be equal for both positions.
B. Any person wishing to speak other than the applicant will be required to fill out a "Request to Speak or Request to have
Name Entered into the Record" form indicating whether they wish to comment during the public hearing or would like to
have their name recorded as having an opinion on the public hearing issue. Any person speaking may be questioned by a
member of Council or by appropriate members of City Staff.
C. The Chair shall rule upon all disputed matters of procedure, unless, on motion duly made, the Chair is overruled by a
majority vote of Councillors present.
D. The ordinary rules of evidence shall not apply, and Council may receive petitions, exhibits and other relevant documents
without formal identification or introduction.
E. When the number of persons wishing to speak threatens to unduly prolong the hearing, the Council may establish a time
limit upon each speaker.
F. City Staff enters a copy of public notice as published in newspaper; all application documents for the proposed project
and a copy of any other written documents that are an appropriate part of the public hearing record;
G. The property owner or representative(s) present slides and describe the nature of the request (maximum of 10 minutes);
H. Staff presents any additional clarification necessary and states the Planning Commission recommendation;
I. All testimony is received from the audience, in support, in opposition or asking questions. All questions will be directed
through the Chair who will then direct the appropriate person to respond.
J. Final comments/rebuttal received from property owner;
K. Final comments from City Staff and Staff recommendation.
L. Public hearing is closed.
M. If final action is not to be taken on the same evening as the public hearing, the Chair will advise the audience when the
matter will be considered. Councillors not present at the public hearing will be allowed to vote on the matter only if they
listen to the tape recording of the public hearing prior to voting.