You are encouraged to contact the Community Development Department at (785) 587-2412 and ask for the planner who has been assigned to the proposed project in question. All written comments will be included in the information packet for the Advisory Board’s public hearing and for the City Commission to consider. All Board of Zoning Appeals cases and all rezoning cases that go through the Planning Board and City Commission must follow a quasi-judicial process to ensure a transparent, impartial, open and fair public hearing is provided to consider the proposal.
This is often referred to as “due-process." Due process requires any information (written, verbal, or graphic) submitted or used to base a decision on must be presented for everyone to hear and see within the formal public hearing process, and not in private one-on-one discussions with Advisory Board or City Commission members outside of the public hearing process. Because of this due process requirement, Advisory Board members and/or City Commissioners may tell you that they don’t want to talk about the project outside of the public hearing and they may encourage you to go to the public hearing and/or submit written comments. If an Advisory Board and/or City Commission member decides to let you speak with them about a proposal, they are obligated to disclose the substance of your conversation at the public hearing.