126.10  APPEALS.
   (A)   Decisions to deny an application for a permit may be appealed by any interested person. Appeals shall be heard and determined by the hearing officer.
   (B)   Appeals shall be initiated within 21 calendar days of the decision to deny an application for a permit.
   (C)   Appeals of decisions to deny an application for a permit shall be made in writing to the hearing officer on forms provided by the city. The appeal shall state the facts and basis for the appeal.
   (D)   Appeals of a decision to deny an application for a permit shall be accompanied by a fee which is 50% of the cost of the permit.
   (E)   An appeal shall be scheduled for a hearing before the hearing officer within 30 calendar days of the filing of the appeal unless both the appellant and the hearing officer consent to a later date.
   (F)   The hearing officer shall give notice in writing to the appellant of the time and location of the appeal hearing. At the hearing, the hearing officer shall review the record of the decision and hear testimony of the appellant, if any, the applicant and any other interested party. The appeal shall be reviewed and determined on a de novo basis.
   (G)   After the hearing, the hearing officer shall affirm, modify or reverse the original decision to deny an application for a permit. When a decision is modified or reversed, the hearing officer shall state the specific reasons for modification or reversal. Decisions on appeals shall be rendered within 30 calendar days of the close of the hearing. The hearing officer shall mail notice of a decision to the appellant. Such notice shall be mailed within five working days after the date of the decision to the appellant. The decision of the hearing officer shall be final.
(Ord. 2019-006, passed 10-22-2019)