Monday night I came close to having an applicant arrested at our Board of Appeals meeting! AND it was the person with the simplest request of the night no less.
As soon as the first hearing was read into the record a person in the audience (sitting in the first row) shouts out "I want to know what gives you people the right to sit and pass judgement on what people can do with their land!" The chairman asks if he is the applicant for the hearing that just opened - immediately the first case applicant states "No, I have never seen this person before."
After the first applicant finishes their presentation the heckler again pronounces that his question has not been answered and he wanted to know why the ZBA members can tell people what they can and cannot do. Ultimately the first applicant gets their Special Permit.
The second case is read into the record, a little more complicated due to a variance request and Special Permit requirement. After the applicant withdraws the variance request, the heckler then yells out "I can't believe you people won't let a person build the house they want to build" to which the applicant responds "Will you please shut up!"
This continues on through each of agenda items until we reach his application. At which point his presentation is simply to say " I want to expand my porch - give it to me."
As soon as the first board member starts to ask questions, the applicant shouts him down. After the third Board member gets shouted down and the applicant begins leaving the podium during his tirades, the Chairman finally gives me the okay to call the police to have him removed. At which point the applicant states he will remove himself.
A fun profession we have all chosen