If you are interested in giving public testimony at a Public Hearing on a Zoning Case before the Planning and Zoning Commission or City Council, the following information will help you become familiar with the relevant procedures.

Procedures for Participating at Public Hearings on Zoning Cases before the Planning and Zoning Commission or City Council

  • Speakers may complete a speaker card and return it to the box at the entrance of the Council Chamber (for the Planning and Zoning Commission); or to the desk at the entrance of the Council Chamber (for City Council).
  • At a public hearing on a zoning case before the Planning and Zoning Commission, the applicant or the applicant's representative is allowed 10 minutes to speak. All other speakers are allowed 5 minutes each to speak. The applicant is then allowed 5 minutes for rebuttal.
  • At a public hearing on a zoning case before the City Council, the applicant or the applicant's representative is allowed 5 minutes to speak. All other speakers are allowed 3 minutes each to speak. The applicant is then allowed 3 minutes for rebuttal.
  • When a large number of speakers are present for a meeting, the presiding officer may impose time limits that are more restrictive to promote an efficient, organized process and to allow all members of the public who intend to speak an opportunity to do so.
  • Developers who wish to make presentations to an evening City Council session should contact or make arrangements with the Planning and Development Services department at 817-459-6138.

Procedures for Registering Support or Opposition to Zoning Cases Set for Public Hearings

  • Citizens who desire to register in support or opposition to a zoning case set for a public hearing may complete a card and return it to the box at the entrance of the Council Chamber (for the Planning and Zoning Commission); or to the desk at the entrance of the Council Chamber (for City Council).
  • Citizens who anticipate being absent during the public hearing may write a letter in support or opposition and submit or mail it to the City Council or Planning and Zoning Commission, as appropriate.
  • Registration of support or opposition on any item on the agenda must be submitted before or at the public hearing on the day of the hearing.
  • Petitions from individuals or neighborhoods can be submitted using the forms below. Forms should be submitted to the project case manager.