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Public Hearings Resource Guide – part 4

4. Conduct a Site Visit

After an application for a development project has been filed, but before the public hearing, many planning commissions conduct a site visit. Besides the benefits this provides commissioners in being able to better visualize the proposal, it can also serve as a vehicle for resolving — or at least understanding — neighbors’ concerns.

Site visits call for staff or the Chair to go over the “ground rules” right at the start of the walk, and then make sure that discussions take place only when everyone in the group is together. Care must be taken to avoid unlawful “ex parte” communications during the site visit.

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