§ 154.05  HEARINGS BEFORE THE PLANNING COMMISSION/HURSTBOURNE.
   (A)   When a hearing before the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), has been requested, the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), through its clerical and administrative staff, shall schedule a hearing.  The hearing shall be conducted within 30 days of the date of the request, unless the person who requested the hearing requests or agrees to a continuance not to exceed 30 days.  All continuances must receive the approval of the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer).  Not less than seven days before the date set for the hearing, the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), shall notify the person who requested the hearing of the date, time and place of the hearing.  The notice may be given by certified mail, return-receipt requested; by personal delivery; or by leaving the notice at the person's usual place of residence with an individual residing therein who is 18 years of age or older and who is informed of the contents of the notice.  Any person requesting a hearing before the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), who fails to appear at the time and place set for the hearing shall be deemed to have waived the right to a hearing to contest the citation and the determination that a violation was committed shall be final.  In this event, the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), shall enter a final order determining that the violation was committed and imposing the civil fine set forth in the citation.
   (B)   Each case before the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), shall be presented by an attorney who shall be counsel to the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer).
   (C)   All testimony before the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), shall be under oath and shall be recorded.  The Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), shall take testimony from the Land Use Enforcement Officer, the alleged offender, and any witnesses to the alleged violation offered by the Land Use Enforcement Officer or the alleged offender.  Formal rules of evidence shall not apply, but fundamental due process shall be observed and shall govern the proceedings.
   (D)   After the hearing, the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), shall determine, based on the evidence presented, whether a violation was committed. When the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), determines that no violation was committed, an order dismissing the citation shall be entered.  When the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), determines that a violation has been committed, it shall issue an order upholding the citation and may order the offender to pay a civil fine in an amount up to the maximum authorized by this chapter, or may order the offender to remedy a continuing violation within a specified time to avoid the imposition of a fine, or both, as authorized herein.
   (E)   Every final order of the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), shall be reduced to writing, which shall include the date the order was issued, and a copy of the order shall be furnished to the person named in the citation.  If the person named in the citation is not present at the time a final order of the Planning Commission, or the City of Hurstbourne (if the Planning Commission appoints a Hurstbourne Local Enforcement Officer), is issued, the order shall be delivered to that person by certified mail, return-receipt requested; by personal delivery, or by leaving a copy of the order at that person's usual place of residence with any individual residing therein who is 18 years of age or older and who is informed of the contents of the order.
(Ord. 2000-04, passed 2-22-00; Am. Ord. 11-03, passed 5-10-11)