At the Town of Nashville, we believe that citizen involvement is the cornerstone of a strong community and an effective government. There are many opportunities to be involved in our local government, including the opportunity to participate in public hearings.
Information on the following frequently asked questions are answered below.
- What Should I Expect During a Public Hearing?
- Why Do We Hold Public Hearings?
- What is a Quasi-Judicial Hearing?
What Should I Expect During a Public Hearing?
Public Hearings are scheduled as required by General Statues and per Town Council request.
For those wishing to speak during a Public Hearing, upon arrival at the Nashville Town Council Chambers, please be seated in the audience. There is no need to sign-in to speak during a Public Hearing.
For all Public Hearings, the Mayor will call on a staff member to present details about the case and then allow the applicant, if applicable, to present their case. The Mayor will then open the floor to those wishing to speak for or against the issue. Speakers may come to the podium one at a time.
Thank you for following these Public Hearing guidelines:
- If you have handouts to share, please bring 11 copies and give them to the Town Clerk as you approach the podium. The Town Clerk will distribute the copies for you.
- You may adjust the microphone on the podium as necessary to ensure the appropriate height for you.
- Please speak clearly into the microphone by stating your name and address first.
- Please limit comments to three minutes or less to allow all who desire to speak on the issue the ability to do so.
- If you have a group who wishes to speak, please designate a spokesperson for the group. This is the most effective way to relay the points of groups to avoid repetition.
- Please direct your comments to the full Town Council and not to an individual Council Member.
- Public Hearings are your opportunity to make comments regarding the issue at hand and not for the discussion of other issues.
- The Town Council will listen and take your comments into consideration. No Town Council decisions are made on the issue during the Public Hearing.
Why Do We Hold Public Hearings?
Public Hearings are often required by either federal, state, or local law. They allow the decision-making body, whether it be the Town Council or an appointed board, the opportunity to receive and consider public opinions before deciding or making recommendations on important issues that will impact Nashville citizens. Below are a few examples of when we will hold a public hearing:
- The Town's Budget
- The Town's Comprehensive Plan
- Rezoning Requests
- Owner-initiated Annexation Requests
- Amendments to Land Development Ordinances
- Special Event Permits
Public Hearing notices will be posted to the Town of Nashville's website and posted in both Town Hall and Town Council Chambers in advance of the meeting to meet notification requirements. Notices will also be published in The Nashville Graphic.
Those that wish to receive notification of upcoming Public Hearings should contact Lou Bunch, Town Clerk via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 252-459-4511 x222.
What is a Quasi-Judicial Hearing?
Quasi-Judicial Public Hearings are generally held for Special Use Permits. They are different from Public Hearings in that they resemble a court hearing where sworn testimony is presented. All speakers must sign in with the Town Clerk and be sworn in by the Mayor at the beginning of the meeting. This hearing is not open to public comments.