When the consideration of an application requires a public hearing, the following shall apply.
   (A)   Purpose. The purpose of a public hearing is to provide the applicant and all other interested parties a reasonable and fair opportunity to be heard, to present evidence relevant to the application and to rebut evidence presented by others.
   (B)   Minutes. A journal of minutes of the proceedings shall be made for all public hearings.
   (C)   Rules of procedure. All testimony by witnesses in any hearing shall be given under oath. The governing body, Commission and Board may adopt additional rules of procedure for public hearings by resolution or by- laws.
   (D)   Continuance. Any applicant or authorized agent shall have the right to one continuance of a public hearing before the Commission, governing body or Zoning Hearing Officer. No additional notices shall be required, except if a hearing is continued to an unspecified date, notice pursuant hereto shall be required to officially schedule the subsequent date and place of the continued hearing. If a second continuance is required it shall be treated as a new public hearing. Notice for the new hearing shall be accordance with §§ 158.255 and 158.256 of this chapter.
(Ord. 623, passed 9-8-1970)