PUBLIC HEARING VS EVIDENTIARY HEARING
Public Hearings and Evidentiary Hearings may be scheduled during a public meeting (i.e. Board Meetings). The Board of Commissioners meets the 2nd Thursday of each month and The Board of Adjustment meets as needed.
Please note that each Hearing functions differently:
- Public (legislative) Hearing – These Hearings allow people to come before the Town Council to state their views. After receiving public comment, the item is turned over to the Council for discussion and a possible vote.
- Evidentiary (quasi-judicial) Hearing (Special / Conditional Use and Variance Applications) – These Hearings are different from other Public Hearings in that they resemble a Court Hearing where testimony is presented and the Board of Commissioners acts like a court of law. During Evidentiary Hearings, the Board of Commissioners, acting as the Board of Adjustment, receives only sworn testimony and other credible evidence. In addition, the Board of Adjustment must make findings of fact based upon the evidence presented. Citizens may give testimony in an Evidentiary Hearing after they have taken an oath