Why does the applicant get more time than others?

The amount of time given to participants at a public hearing is determined by the Chair of the meeting. Because the applicant has the burden of coming forward to the decision making body to request action, the applicant is generally given sufficient time to make the presentation showing entitlement to the action the City Code allows. It is up to the Chair of the hearing to make sure that all of the relevant issues in the public hearing are discussed and that each idea or assertion is given a fair chance to be considered.

Priority should be given to over-all fairness rather than strictly to the amount of time given to particular individuals. As part of that decision, the Chair has the discretion to limit testimony where it is redundant or not directed at the issue(s) being considered.

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1. Why can I talk privately to a decision maker on a legislative matter but not on a quasi-judicial matter?
2. Why can’t I talk to a decision maker about an upcoming quasi-judicial matter?
3. Why does the applicant get more time than others?
4. Why do staff members sometimes interrupt the process?
5. When is it possible to talk to a City Councilmember or member of a Board or Commission regarding something I feel strongly about?
6. How do I find out about an upcoming meeting or issue?
7. What if I have a suggestion to make to the City that is not scheduled to be discussed at a meeting?
8. If I have a question about process, who can I talk to?
9. Does the City follow Robert’s Rules of Order?
10. If I think that the State law or the City Code is being violated, who can I talk to?
11. How do I get something on the agenda?
12. How do I know if a subject, project or agenda item is legislative versus quasi-judicial?