New procedure for Mint Hill public hearings

Mint Hill Planning Board members aren’t required to attend public hearings before making recommendations to the town’s Board of Commissioners on zoning changes or other matters.

Commissioners voted for the ordinance text change earlier this month, eliminating the problem of public hearings to be deferred because planning board members didn’t have a quorum at a joint meeting. Commissioners are required to let residents voice their opinions during public hearings before voting on zoning or text changes. The hearings had been held jointly with the planning board. North Carolina law doesn’t require planning boards to hold public hearings.

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