From time to time, you and your neighbors may become concerned enough about an issue in your neighborhood, or some other matter, to speak up about it in public.
In Medford and throughout Oregon, most public decisions concerning land use, zoning, budgeting, the enactment or change of laws, and many other matters, are required to go through a public hearing. Notices of public hearings are published in the newspaper, and in the case of some land use and zoning decisions, individual property owners in the area are mailed a notice. So, when you finally get motivated to speak up about something, do so! That is the purpose of the public hearing. But don’t waste your testimony!
Following are some suggestions for making the most of your opportunity to get the attention of decision makers, like the City Council, Planning Commission, or other decision making bodies, at a public hearing .