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SEC. 19.00.  FILING OF APPLICATIONS AND APPEALS.
   (Amended by Ord. No. 185,432, Eff. 3/24/18.)
 
   A.   Filing Date.  An application or appeal shall be considered as filed whenever it has been completed in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations, has been submitted to the Department together with the required filing fees, and a receipt for the filing fees has been issued.  If at any time during the processing of an application it is discovered that an application has been improperly prepared, or required pertinent information has not been submitted in accordance with the previously established rules and regulations, upon notification to the applicant by the appropriate officer or employee the time limits specified within this ordinance shall be suspended and not continue to run until the application has been rectified or the omitted information furnished in a proper manner.
 
   B.   Time Limit - Appeals.  Notwithstanding any provisions of Articles 2, 3 or 4 of this chapter, whenever the final day for filing an appeal from any action, decision or determination of the Director of Planning, Zoning Administrator, Area Planning Commission or City Planning Commission falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the time for filing an appeal shall be extended to the close of business on the next succeeding working day, and the effective or final date of any action, decision or determination shall be extended to the close of that appeal period.  No appeal shall be accepted or in any way considered as officially on file which is not presented in proper form and received within the appeal period specified by other sections of this chapter or the extended period specified above in this section.
 
   If in any individual case involving a 15-day appeal period, that appeal period fails to include at least ten working days, then the appeal period shall be extended as many days as the Director of Planning, Zoning Administrator, Area Planning Commission, City Planning Commission or City Council determines are necessary to include ten working days.
 
   C.   Place of Filing.  Whenever the provisions of Articles 2, 3 or 4 of this chapter provide that applications, requests or appeals be filed with the City Planning Commission, in the public office of the Department of City Planning, those applications, requests or appeals may be filed in any of the branch offices of the Department when designated for this purpose by the City Planning Commission; that decision to be based upon considerations of need and available facilities.
 
   D.   Whenever the provisions of this chapter provide that an applicant shall post notice of a public hearing or meeting, the applicant shall file a declaration in the appropriate public office prior to the date of the noticed public hearing or meeting.  In this declaration, the applicant shall declare, under penalty of perjury, that notice has been posted in accordance with the applicable provisions of this chapter.
 
   The Director of Planning shall have the authority to adopt guidelines consistent with this ordinance for the posting of notices if the Director determines that guidelines are necessary and appropriate.