What are the guidelines for comments to be received at Public Hearings?
Are there guidelines that the Chairman should announce at the beginning of a Public Hearing that would explain types of comments that are requested in order to expedite the process?
For instance, I think it is not the purpose of a Public Hearing for the public to just object or support an application. In my mind we should be having a Public Hearing in order for an opportunity for the public to bring to our attention any previously unknown or private contractual situation bearing on the use of the land. It might even be that the property has been previously platted or zoned or has a recorded conditional use, or is otherwise legally restricted, but overlooked.
Some of our Public Hearings get personal and adversarial rather than pointing out legitimate concerns that should be addressed. What guidelines would help here?
Some of the public comments are repetitious and long winded and opinionated.
Should the guidelines be in printed form and available at the door?
Should all comments be addressed to the Chairman for response by the city or applicant?
Should all comments be heard, then let the applicant respond if he wishes? Should there then be further opportunity to comment?