Hearings give submitters an opportunity to voice their submission to the independent hearing panel, present supporting evidence and respond to any questions. The hearings panel will not make a decision until they have heard from all submitters who wish to be heard. They will also consider evidence including the recommendations from Council staff.
Hearings are open to the public but only submitters who indicated that they wish to be heard, are able to speak. It is up to the Hearings Panel to run the hearing how they wish, but the hearing process must be fair and transparent.