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Cancelling a Public Hearing relative to a Rezoning Request
Last Post 03/31/2017 10:33 AM by Stephen French. 4 Replies.
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Susan Heath
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03/27/2017 09:13 AM
    I am trying to gain some help regarding calling off a Public Hearing for a Zoning Change.

    This is an item that came through our Planning Commission, when a corporation wanted to build an apartment complex in an A1 district that needed to be rezoned to A3 for the project to go through.

    Our Planning Commission has discussed/deliberated, held its own multiple public hearings and subsequent vote to “Not Recommend” the rezoning to the City Council, based upon many different factors including large crowds in attendance and petitions signed by many from that ward of the city, all of whom were opposed to the project.

    The City must still determine the issue so had set City Council Public Hearing for this evening, followed by more Council discussion and a determination to "approve: or "not approve" the rezoning.

    Then this past week the City received a letter from the corporation asking us to “table until further notice,” the hearing and decision.

    Can you give us any help/your take on the proper procedure and or protocol for proceeding. The City attorney and I are of the opinion that we cannot simply “table until further notice.” We are also well aware that the large group of citizens may well be unhappy if this item becomes an indefinite possibility. Many are wanting to see an answer.

    Any help will be very much appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Susan E. Heath, CMC
    City of Coldwater, City Clerk
    One Grand Street
    Coldwater, MI 49036
    P: 517-279-6928
    F: 517-279-0805
    sheath@coldwater.org
    www.coldwater.org
    Pamela (Pam) Smith
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    03/27/2017 09:30 AM
    In the past in Farmington Hills we have still held the Public Hearing as it was published and advertised; but announced at the beginning before the PH was open that the applicant has requested tabling of this item indefinitely and that there would be no action taken by Council (not sure if that is case for you or not) at this time. Also, that any further request for action would be re-advertised and before Council at another public hearing. That seemed to curb peoples desire to speak at that time since the applicant removed the request and no action was going to be taken, but we also felt that if people showed up they had to hold the public hearing and allow for comment since it was advertised.

    Terri Kowal
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    03/27/2017 09:36 AM
    We do exactly what Farmington Hills does.
    Max Engle
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    03/27/2017 10:36 AM
    We have always just cancelled it, because the applicant would not be there to respond.

    But I might add that tabling is not the right term. Tabling is to brought up later in the same meeting.

    So postpone would be a term to use, although postpone is usually used with a future date.
    Stephen French
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    03/31/2017 10:33 AM
    I would also respond to the applicant in writing to clarify the items isn't "tabled" and what the steps are for reintroducing their request.
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