Upon its own initiative or upon initiation of an application for amendment as provided in Section 1111.02 of this Chapter, the Planning Commission shall consider the proposed amendment along with any supporting documentation provided by the applicant both in writing and in written or oral testimony provided at the public hearing for the proposed amendment.  The Commission shall also consider any other written or oral testimony presented during the public hearing, as well as any written documents submitted to the City prior to the public hearing which are related to the proposed amendment.  The public hearing shall be conducted in the following manner: 
   (a)   Public Hearing: The Planning Commission shall hold at least one public hearing to consider a proposed amendment to this Zoning Ordinance. Each public hearing shall be publicized in the following manner:
      (1)   In all cases, by one publication of the time and place of such hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the City at least fifteen (15) days prior to the hearing date. Such notice shall include a statement that opportunity shall be afforded to any person interested to be heard.
      (2)   Written notice of hearings pertaining to the amendment of a zoning district(s) on the Zoning District Map shall be mailed by the Zoning Inspector by certified mail at least fifteen (15) days before the date of the public hearing to the owners of property within and contiguous to and directly across the street from any part of the defined area to be amended or 500 feet from such area, whichever is greater.
The addresses of such owners shall be those that appear on the County Auditor's Tax List or the Treasurer's mailing list. The notice shall include an indication to such owners of the change in zoning to be considered by the Commission at the hearing on the proposed amendment.
      (3)   The applicant shall post a sign advertising the proposed project, the date and time of the initial Public Hearing. The sign shall be provided to the applicant by the Community Development Department and shall be posted at the site not less than seven (7) days prior to the date of the initial Public Hearing.  The posting shall be placed in as conspicuous place as possible so as to be visible from the street.
   (b)   Recommendation: Within twenty (20) days of the public hearing, the Planning Commission shall make its recommendation on the proposed amendment. In no case shall the Commission be allowed more than sixty (60) days from the date of certification, or a time period acceptable to the parties involved, to render such a recommendation. All recommendations, regardless of their content shall be submitted to City Council in writing. No amendment shall be acted upon by City Council until the Commission has submitted its report and recommendation to City Council. 
(Ord. 2013-82.  Passed 8-21-13.)