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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
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    Rules on requests for continuances

    does your Planning Board have requirements for the timing and number of times a request for continuance can happen? if so, can you share them with the class?

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    Cyburbian Raf's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    does your Planning Board have requirements for the timing and number of times a request for continuance can happen? if so, can you share them with the class?

    thanks!

    lp
    Directly from our staff reports:

    "The Commission may determine that more information is needed on some aspect of the project and may refer the item back to the applicant and staff to develop the additional information. The Commission shall clearly state the type of information that is required and move to continue the item to a future date."

    The number of times they can request a continuance really then falls under our states permit streamlining act laws, which is 6 months from the date of continuance.
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    We have no limit, as long as the applicant can justify the request. However, if the continuance is after the Planning Board accepts the application as complete, state law dictates a decision within 65 days, unless specifically waived in writing by the applicant.

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    We allow two continuances. On the third one, the application is pulled off the agenda and the applicant must refile.
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    No limits other than what state law requires. Most continuances we get are a result of our own comments picking their application apart.

    It would seem a side effect of prohibiting them would be hearings where developers are telling an audience full of people "We're not ready . . . we don't want to be here yet but you won't let us postpone!"

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    From our code...

    Continuance and Postponement of Hearings. The Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners when conducting a public hearing pursuant to this Chapter may, on its own motion or at the request of an applicant, continue the public hearing to a fixed date, time and place. An applicant shall be granted one postponement to the next regularly scheduled hearing if a request in writing is received by the County Manager within eleven (11) working days prior to the hearing. All subsequent requests for continuance or postponement shall be granted at the discretion of the Commission or Board. Applicants whose application has been postponed or continued shall bear the expense of any necessary additional public notice.

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