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Guidelines for Participating at Public Hearings

If you are interested in giving public testimony at Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council public hearings, the following information will help you become familiar with the procedures of the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission.

Procedures for participating at a Planning and Zoning Commission or City Council public hearing are the same, unless noted below

  1. Fill out a speaker card and return it to the box at the front of the Council Chamber (for the Planning and Zoning Commission) and to the desk at the entrance of the Council Chamber (for City Council).
  2. The applicant or the applicant’s representative is allowed 10 minutes to speak. All other speakers for or against the items are given 5 minutes. In the event a total of five or more people are registered to speak on one side of an issue, the 10 minute time is reduced to 5 minutes and the 5 minute time is reduced to 3 for that side of the hearing. The proponent is allowed 5 minutes for rebuttal.
    Developers who wish to make presentations to an evening City Council session should contact or make arrangements with the Community Development & Planning department at 817-459-6664.

Procedures for Registering Support or Opposition on a Public Hearing Item

  1. Fill out a speaker card and return it to the box at the front of the Council Chamber (for the Planning and Zoning Commission) and to the desk at the entrance of the Council Chamber (for City Council).
  2. Citizens anticipating being absent during the public hearing may write a letter in support or opposition and have it submitted by a representative or mail it to the City Council or Planning and Zoning Commission.
  3. Registration of support or opposition on any item on the agenda must be submitted before or at the public hearing on the day of the hearing.
  4. Petitions from individuals or neighborhoods can be submitted using the forms below. Forms should be submitted to the project case manager:
    1. Individual Property Owner Petition Opposing a Zoning Change Application
    2. Group Property Owners Petition Opposing a Zoning Change Application
    3. Individual Revocation of Opposition to a Zoning Change Application

Procedures for Citizens Who Wish to Speak on an Item not on the City Council Agenda

  1. Fill out a speaker card and return it to the desk at the entrance of the Council Chamber.
  2. Speakers are given a 5 minute time limit.