Land Use FAQs
You should participate in government hearings that have the potential to result in a change of land use regulations, or result in a decision which may ultimately affect you. Sometimes these government processes can last for months or years, and you certainly do not need to attend all the various meetings, but if you think you even might want to appeal a future regulation amendment under consideration (or lack of amendment), then there needs to be a record of you having timely submitted written comments or testimony at a public hearing on the topics that were the subject of the government hearing. Your comments and testimony become part of the record of the action, and in turn, establish that you have “standing” to bring an appeal, if at the end of the process that is what you decide to do. Discerning whether a governmental process will trigger a regulation change that you don’t want can be complicated.