Virtual Public Testimony Request

TEMPORARY PUBLIC Testimony PROCEDURES

In light of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic’s longevity, Orange County is now providing the public with an opportunity to participate “virtually” from remote locations for quasi-judicial public hearings and comprehensive plan amendment public hearings. These types of public hearing are held during the afternoon sessions of Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meetings. Quasi-judicial hearings are identified on the Board’s official agenda by a checkmark that’s placed next to the public hearing agenda number, and comprehensive plan amendment public hearings are also conspicuously identified on the Board’s official agenda. The public may also continue to participate virtually in these types of public hearings by appearing at the first floor of the Orange County Administration Center at 201 South Rosalind Avenue in downtown Orlando, where social distancing and other personal safety procedures are practiced and enforced.

Members of the public who choose the option to participate remotely may do so by utilizing Cisco Webex Technology, but must pre-register by filling out the form below no later than 5 p.m. the day prior to the BCC public hearing. 

Please note this deadline does not apply to members of the public who choose to appear at the Orange County Administration Center to provide testimony. Those individuals should arrive by 1:30 p.m. the day of the public hearing and to fill out a form.

Due to state public records law and public safety concerns, Law Enforcement, Elected Officials, and Former Elected Officials are exempt from having to provide their personal address.

If you meet the criteria of this exemption and would like to register to provide your public testimony virtually, please call 407-836-5379 so that an alternative accommodation can be arranged.

Please Note: Important & Helpful Information

Public Hearings

To determine which public hearing you wish to provide virtual testimony for, please refer to the E-Agenda or the Public Hearings table below that lists public hearing items and case numbers in sequential order. Should you need additional guidance and are unsure of which hearing to participate in please call the Planning Process Liaison (PPL).

Planning Process Liaison
Nicolas Thalmueller, Assistant Project Manager, Orange County P.E.D.S. Department
407-836-5603
Nicolas.Thalmueller@ocfl.net

Public Hearings for December 1, 2020

Hearing # Hearing Name Case #
1 Conservation Area Impact
Applicant: Jay Baker, Bio-Tech Consulting, Inc. Case Name: Hamlin Retail Partners East, LLC Conservation Area Impact Permit
CAI-15-09-034
2 Shoreline Alteration/Dredge and Fill
Applicant: John Miklos, Bio-Tech Consulting, Inc. Case Name: Lake Hancock Dredging
SADF-19-04-007
3 Substantial Change
Applicant: Brooks A. Stickler, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. Case Name: Waterford Lakes Multi-Family Planned Development/Land Use Plan
CDR-20-07-202
4 Development Plan
Applicant: Brooks A. Stickler, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. Case Name: Waterford Lakes Multi-Family Planned Development/Waterford Lakes Multi-Family Development Plan
DP-19-11-393

Technological Requirements

Your virtual Webex participation from a remote location in quasi-judicial and comprehensive plan amendment public hearings must include both audio and visual capabilities. Virtual participants assume all responsibility for the quality of their internet connection and their use of technology. In-person participation in these public hearings at the location described above, instead of from a remote location, is strongly recommended if there is any question about the reliability of the virtual participation.

How to Submit Documents in Advance

Any documentary evidence to be presented or entered into the record as part of virtual participation should be emailed to Public.Comment@ocfl.net by no later than 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the hearing. Please note the agenda item and case number so staff may have your documents prepared to share in advance of your participation.  

Time Limit

The time allotted to virtual participants to testify will be at the sole discretion of the Mayor and may be reduced from the usual time limit of three minutes to two minutes, depending on the number of participants. Due to technical limitations, the Board’s practice of “donating or receiving time” during in-person meeting cannot be accommodated for virtual participants.

Virtual Public Testimony Request Form

This form shall be used only for requesting to provide virtual public testimony during a public hearing from a remote location via Webex.

Please do not fill out this form if:

           

Please note that the time allocated to each individual for public testimony (whether provided virtually or in person) shall be at the sole discretion of the Mayor and may be reduced from the normal 3 minutes based on the number of speakers.

Due to state public records law and public safety concerns, Law Enforcement, Elected Officials, and Former Elected Officials are exempt from having to provide their personal address.

If you meet the criteria of this exemption and would like to register to provide your public testimony virtually, please call 407-836-5379 so that an alternative accommodation can be arranged.