What are the rules of a Public Hearing?
Anyone may attend a public hearing and may speak in accordance with the rules of the hearing body. This means that, in some cases, testimony may be limited to a set time period.

Normally, in any public hearing on a permit application, the staff will present background information and the staff report first, the applicant will then make their presentation, the hearing will then be opened to anyone wishing to speak in favor of the application and then to anyone wishing to speak in opposition to the project. Lastly, the applicant has the right to rebut any testimony given during the hearing.

The hearing body has the right to ask questions of anyone at any time, even after the public hearing portion of the meeting has been closed. No new testimony outside of specific answers to questions by the hearing body can be accepted by the body after the public hearing has been closed.

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1. What is a Public Hearing?
2. How do I testify?
3. What are the rules of a Public Hearing?
4. Who acts on the item after the hearing?
5. How do I know when a public hearing is scheduled that will affect me?