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Board Policy No. 5 <br />Public Notice and Participation <br />Page 1 of 9 <br />Summary <br />This policy defines the public participation processes and public notice and hearing requirements <br />that support public comment and input to the North County Transit District (“NCTD”) Board of <br />Directors (“Board”) in reaching policy decisions. <br />The Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code § 54950 et. seq. (“Brown Act”)) – Agenda, Public <br />Comment Requirements, and NCTD Procedures: <br />1. The Ralph M. Brown Act – The Brown Act, as stated in Chapter 9, Part 1, Division 2, Title <br />5 of the Government Code, commencing with § 54950, sets out California's open meetings <br />law and regulates meetings of local public agencies. All meetings of the Board, including <br />standing committee meetings, shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by the Brown <br />Act. <br />2. Agendas – The Brown Act includes requirements for posting of agendas, distribution of <br />agenda materials, access, meeting locations, and public input. Agendas will be posted on <br />NCTD's website and at NCTD’s administration building, in accordance with the <br />requirements set forth in Board Policy No. 4, Rules of Procedure. <br />3. Public Comment, Generally – Pursuant to the Brown Act, NCTD agendas for regular <br />meetings will allow members of the public to address NCTD on any item of interest to the <br />public within the purview of NCTD. Members of the public will also be allowed to address <br />NCTD before or during NCTD's consideration of any agenda item to be considered at a <br />regular or a special meeting of NCTD. <br />A request from the public to discuss an agenda item at a Board Meeting must be filed with <br />the Clerk of the Board on a “Request to Speak” form before consideration of the item <br />commences. A “Request to Speak” form must also be completed by any person, or group <br />of persons, desiring to address the Board on a non-agendized matter, and submitted to <br />the Clerk before the meeting is called to order. The forms will be available at the meeting. <br />Speakers turning in “Request to Speak” forms after discussion begins on an item that is <br />not subject to a Public Hearing will be heard at the end of the meeting under agenda item <br />“Remaining Public Communications.” <br />Public Hearings <br />NCTD conducts public hearings as part of its process to adopt an annual budget, adopt new or <br />modify ordinances, and changes to fares and transit services. Notice of a public hearing will be <br />posted and published, as further set forth below, to afford the public the opportunity to provide <br />comments at the meetings or to submit comments in writing. “Request to Speak” forms should <br />be submitted by persons desiring to speak during a public hearing, but are not required.