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What Happens When an Appeal Is Filed?

The appeal must be heard by the Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (ISDAB) within 30 days of submission. The Board must hold a public hearing. At least five (5) days prior to the appeal hearing the appellant, the applicant (if they are not the appellant) and other affected persons will be notified in writing.

If you are unable to attend the scheduled meeting, you may ask another person to represent you at the hearing, or at that hearing, you may have your representative request that the hearing be postponed to another date.  That decision will also be made by the Board.

Every appeal to the ISDAB is advertised at least 5 days prior to the hearing. Five days before a hearing you may view a copy of the Agenda Package on your appeal at the Town of Black Diamond:

Appeal Hearing

  • Participating in an appeal can be overwhelming, whether you are an applicant, an appellant or an affected person.  Here are some general processes and a few tips to help make your participation a success.
    • If you file an appeal you are expected to make a presentation to the ISDAB. You may have someone speak on your behalf. If you wish to have your submission included in the ISDAB agenda package, please submit it to the Clerk at least 7 days prior to the hearing.
      • Whether you submit your presentation in time to be included in the agenda package or make a presentation at the hearing, your presentation will become a matter of public record.  Please be sure to only include information that you would consent to being published on the Town's website, avoid any private/personal information that is not a requirement of the Board members in making their decision.
    • Any large submissions presented at the time of the hearing may cause the Board to request a postponement to allow sufficient time for the Board members to review the information.
    • The Board suggests that all speakers limit their presentation to 5 minutes. The Board only hears the relevant planning matters of the appeal. If you stray from them, the Chair will let you know.
    • The ISDAB must give a written decision together with the reasons for the decision within 15 days of concluding the hearing.
Please be aware that in order for any documentation/evidence to be submitted to the Board, during this time of virtual hearings due to COVID-19, the documentation/evidence must be submitted to the Clerk for inclusion in the agenda package or for addition to the record.  This may include photos, written documents or statements.  All participants in a hearing are entitled to see the evidence presented.  Please contact the Clerk as soon as possible with your questions to be sure your presentation may proceed accordingly.

Certain subdivision appeals fall under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Government Board rather than the local Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. Please call 403-427-4864 for questions regarding the Municipal Government Board.