The role of the hearing examiner is to interpret, review and implement land use, or other regulations and policies, by providing an efficient and effective system which integrates the public hearing and decision-making process for land use and other regulatory and enforcement matters.
The hearing examiner administers major land use decisions and appeals which include Conditional Use Permits, Shorelines, and Subdivisions.
The hearing examiner is a contractual employee hired to impartially preside over land use and other appeal hearings. Appointed by city council, city residency is not required; there is a six-month initial term then one-year terms thereafter.
Land use hearings are held the first Thursday of the month, at City Hall Council Chambers, with a start time of 6 p.m. Code enforcement and tree appeal hearings are also held on the first Thursday of the month with a start time of 1:30 p.m.