Holding Public Hearings Remotely

Informational Memo

Published: April 22, 2020

Holding Public Hearings Remotely
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The COVID-19 public health emergency and Gov. Walz’s Executive Order 20-20 (“Stay Home MN”) requires city councils to make alternative meeting plans and still comply with the Open Meeting Law.

At the same time, cities must comply with statutes, charter provisions, and ordinances requiring public hearings for specific action items such as land use applications, street vacations, or special assessments. This resource suggests strategies for holding public hearings while also using remote meeting technology