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(a) Appeals to the Planning Commission concerning interpretation or administration of the Zoning Code may be taken by any person aggrieved including a tenant, or a governmental officer, department, board or bureau. Such appeal shall be taken within twenty days after the decision by filing, with the Zoning Inspector and with the Planning Commission, a notice of appeal specifying the ground upon which the appeal is being taken.
(b) An appeal shall stay all proceedings in furtherance of the action appealed from, unless the Zoning Inspector certifies to the Planning Commission, after the filing of the notice of appeal, that by reason of facts stated in the application a stay would, in the opinion of the Zoning Inspector, cause imminent peril to life or property. In such case, proceedings shall not be stayed other than by a restraining order which may, on due cause shown and after notice to the Zoning Inspector, be granted by the Planning Commission or by judicial proceedings.
(c) The Planning Commission shall hear any owner of property adjacent to the lot for which the granting of any zoning permit is pending and shall also hear any other parties having substantial interest as determined by the Planning Commission.
(d) The Planning Commission shall have the power to subpoena witnesses, administer oaths and punish for contempt and may require the production of documents, under such regulations as it may establish.
(e) The Planning Commission may, in conformity with the provisions of the Zoning Code, reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the order, requirement, decision or determination appealed from and shall make such order, requirement, decision or determination as in its opinion ought to be made in the premises; and to that end, shall have all powers of the Zoning Inspector from whom the appeal is taken.
(f) For all appeals taken to the Planning Commission, three members of the Planning Commission shall constitute a quorum. The Planning Commission shall act by motion and the concurring vote of three members of the Planning Commission shall be necessary to reverse any order or determination of the Zoning Inspector or to decide in favor of an applicant any matter of which the Board has original jurisdiction under the Zoning Code.
(Ord. 13-150. Passed 1-9-14.)