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The Code of the City of North Port specifically spells out the procedures for those who have the potential to be negatively impacted by quasi-judicial actions, also known as aggrieved or adversely affected persons. These procedures appear in Section 2-81.
Aggrieved or adversely affected persons are entitled to a fair and impartial hearing, notice of when and where the hearing is to take place, and the opportunity to have their concerns heard.
Anyone wishing to participate in a quasi-judicial hearing as an aggrieved or affected person must provide written notice to the City Clerk. This notice must contain, at a minimum:
- name, address, and telephone number
- explanation of how the person qualifies as an aggrieved or adversely affected person; and
- indication of whether they are in favor of or opposed to the requested quasi-judicial action.
Filing this notice with the City Clerk shall serve as notice to the parties of the aggrieved or affected person's intent to appear at the quasi-judicial proceedings to testify, present evidence, bring forth witnesses, and cross-examine witnesses.
The required notice must be received by the City Clerk no later than five business days, at the close of business which is 5:00 p.m., before any hearing.
If the notice described above is filed with the clerk of a quasi-judicial body other than City Commission for a quasi-judicial matter, the written notice will serve as the notice for the aggrieved or affected person to appear at the proceeding held by the City Commission on the same quasi-judicial matter.
For further information about this process, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 941-429-7270.