Notice of hearings shall be advertised as required by the provisions of MGL c. 40A.
All hearings shall be open to the public.
An applicant may appear in his own behalf or be represented by an agent or attorney. In the absence of any appearance on behalf of an applicant, the Board may decide on the matter using the information it has otherwise received or dismiss the petition with or without prejudice.
The order of business shall be as follows:
Reading of petition and legal notices by the Chairman, together with presentation of exhibits, if any.
Questions by those seeking information.
Those in favor and those opposed will be recognized.
Applicant's rebuttal, restricted to matters raised by opponent's presentation.
Members of the Board may direct appropriate questions during the hearing.
The applicant shall produce at the hearing all records, including deeds, plot plans, etc., bearing upon the lot or lots which are the subject of the application. The Board may retain any documents or plans which have been introduced in evidence for reference in consideration of the case. Briefs may be filed at the public hearing or within such time thereafter as may be fixed by the Board, but in no event later than 10 days after the public hearing.
A hearing shall be declared closed or continued to a date definite.