November 25, 2009
The Garfield County Planning Commission public hearing process is flawed and very unfair in my opinion, and needs serious and immediate revision.
Restricting public comment to only three minutes per individual, closing the public comment period and not allowing the public to respond to further questioning of the applicant by the commissioners, or allowing the public to respond to incomplete and misleading responses by the applicant is not what any reasonable person would consider a fair and democratic process.
Also, potential conflicts of interest that are raised regarding commissioners should not be lightly dismissed.
I hope the rules and regulations governing the planning commission public hearings can and will be amended to provide a more equitable and balanced process for all interested parties.
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