Public Input Hearings

Local governments are sometimes required by state law to hold public hearings. The issues addressed in these public hearings are frequently contentious, may involve due process rights of private parties, and often generate litigation, so it is important to know and follow proper hearing procedures.

A public hearing can occur as part of a regular or special public meeting or, in some circumstances, can be entirely separate from a public meeting. A public hearing is obligatory when due process is required, or when a specific statute or local regulation requires one.

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