No oral decision is made at the land use hearing. After the hearing is concluded and the record is closed, the Hearing Examiner considers the matter further and then prepares a written decision. The Hearing Examiner's decision is issued in the form of findings of fact, conclusions of law, and a decision on the application or appeal. The decision approving a land use application will include conditions of approval.
The time frame for the issuance of the Hearing Examiner's decision depends upon the complexity of the decision being made, the size of the record, and other matters the Hearing Examiner may be working on. In the majority of cases, the Hearing Examiner's decision will be issued within ten working days after the conclusion of the public hearing, pursuant to the County Code. If the Hearing Examiner decides to hold the record open for a period of time after the conclusion of the hearing to receive additional evidence, documentation or arguments, the Examiner's decision will usually be issued within ten working days of the closure of the record.