(A)   Generally. The Chairperson of the Board of Adjustment or any member temporarily acting as Chairperson and clerk to the Board are authorized to administer oaths to witnesses in any matter coming before the Board.
   (B)   Subpoenas.  The Board of Adjustment through the Chairperson, or in the Chairperson's absence anyone acting as the Chairperson, may subpoena witnesses and compel the production of evidence.  To request issuance of a subpoena, persons with standing under G.S. § 160D-1402 may make a written request to the Chairperson explaining why it is necessary for certain witnesses or evidence to be compelled. The Chairperson shall issue requested subpoenas he or she determines to be relevant, reasonable in nature and scope, and not oppressive. The Chairperson shall rule on any motion to quash or modify a subpoena. Decisions regarding subpoenas made by the Chairperson may be appealed to the full Board of Adjustment.  If a person fails or refuses to obey a subpoena issued pursuant to this section, the Board of Adjustment, or the party seeking the subpoena, may apply to the General Court of Justice for an order requiring that its order be obeyed, and the court shall have jurisdiction to issue these orders after notice to all proper parties.
(Ord. 04-21, passed 10-6-2004, § 63; Am. Ord. 06-09, passed 9-6-2006; Am. Ord. 13-05, passed 11-6-2013; Am. Ord. 19-05, passed 11-6-2019; Am. Ord. 21-01, passed 6-2-2021)