2 Responses to Not Your Grandfather’s Town Meeting

  1. Craig Ritchie says:

    Sue, I agree that inclusive, interactive meetings can be useful. However, where a Due Process public hearing is involved with the necessity for making a permanent verbatim record, marking of and reference to exhibits, cross-examination and taking of an oath, it takes an aggressive court reporter or meeting chair or city attorney to keep a proper record and make sure the City will not have its ultimate decision reversed for procedural impropriety.

  2. Sue Enger says:

    Craig, thank you for your comment, which reinforces the point that public hearings certainly do have their place – like when they are required. The due process that you describe is essential to assure that quasi-judicial decisions can withstand challenge. This blog post (and my upcoming one) focuses on a different context – meeting formats that can attract wider participation and that are conducive to a more interactive exchange of ideas on legislative matters such as the adoption of a comprehensive plan. These additional outreach efforts can supplement the public hearing in the spirit of GMA’s “early and continuous” participation requirement. Readers may want to review “Public Hearings: When and How to Hold Them,” by Bob Meinig, for an overview of public hearings and their due process requirements.

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