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:
- The person's name, address, email, and telephone number;
- A description of the effected that the decision will have on the person and their particular interests, such that the person meets the definition of "aggrieved or adversely affected person in section 2-80;
- A statement whether the person is in favor of or opposed to the application; and
- A statement whether the person requests notice of any special magistrate proceedings subsequent to the city commission's determination
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 eight 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. The City Clerk will include the notice of an aggrieved or adversely affected person with the agenda for the hearing(s).
For further information about this process, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (941) 429-7270.