Your opportunities to speak about your item or topic is dependent on where your item is listed on the agenda or if on the agenda at all.
A. YOUR ITEM IS NOT ON THE AGENDA
After Roll Call and Amendments to the Agenda, time is set aside for the public to speak to the Council about items not specifically listed on the agenda. Public Comment is limited to 3 minutes per person.
B. YOUR ITEM IS ON THE BUSINESS AGENDA
Specific time for public input is set aside for each item that includes public hearings. Each Business Agenda item begins with a staff presentation on the topic. If the item relates to a development application, staff will address it’s location, conformance with Town Standards and the Land Use Code. Next, the applicant will present their application. (and applicant when relevant) presentations. This allows the public a chance to include any items discussed in the presentation in their comments. After all public testimony is complete, the governing body may seek answers to questions raised from the applicant or staff.
C. YOUR ITEM IS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA
Items on the Consent Agenda are considered to have no known opposition or concern, and are considered for approval as a group of items. The use of a Consent Agenda allows the approving body to spend more time on items controversial or on items requiring more discussion. If an item is on the Consent Agenda, no presentation or discussion is given, UNLESS it is PULLED to the Business Agenda. At the start of the Consent Agenda period, the presider will ask if anyone wishes to “pull” any items for discussion. Anyone present may request an item be “pulled” and moved to the Business Agenda. “Pulled” Consent Agenda items are moved to the Business Agenda.
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