I am sure that I am not alone here with having a preservation board that doesn't always stay on-task with the public hearing protocol. We see a combination of debate on the merits of preservation theory, the merits of an application, and other issues between fellow board members and applicants. We also have a highly educated, highly qualified membership that can lead to an over-involvement in a design and tendency to nitpick or require improvements beyond the minimum necessary to meet the guidelines.
Aside from my selfish desire to not have to sit through long, needlessly drawn out meetings, I am concerned with the legal ramifications if this is ever called out in a court case. How do you train a board to rely solely on the Design Guidelines in making a decision and end the nonsense without just ending up with a hostile board during those long drawn out meetings? Their hearts are in the right place but that won't be enough in the courtroom.