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Mandated Notices in Land Development Regulations

January 28, 2014

Local governments make hundreds of decisions every day under local development regulations.  Permits are issued or denied.  Enforcement actions are initiated.  Ordinance provisions are interpreted.  Property is rezoned.  Ordinances are amended.  When a local government is considering these, does it … Continued

Criticizing Public Employees in Public

February 6, 2013

An incident involving the police department has riled up the citizens. The manager and the police chief are coming under heavy criticism. Several people have signed up to speak at the regular public comment period at the next council meeting … Continued

Can We Continue this Zoning Hearing?

July 10, 2012

The county board of commissioners is holding a public hearing on a controversial rezoning. The hearing has been going on for an hour and there are many interested citizens waiting to speak. The board chair knows the agenda for the … Continued

Can We Hit the Pause Button on Development Approvals?

March 16, 2010

On Monday morning the River City newspaper contains a story on the new phenomenon of internet sweepstakes cafes – how they operate, how they are technically different from video poker, and their rapid proliferation around the state. Towards the end … Continued

Just Say No: The Denial of a Rezoning Petition

November 18, 2009

The proposed rezoning makes poor planning sense.  The neighbors oppose it.  The petitioner is unpopular.  So the governing board votes down the proposal.  How may the petitioner challenge this action (or lack of action)?  If adoption of a zoning amendment … Continued

What needs to be in the notice of a zoning hearing?

September 25, 2009

State law requires a public hearing before a zoning ordinance can be amended. Notice of the hearing must be published twice in a local paper. If the amendment proposes to change the zoning of property, notice of the hearing must … Continued