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City council meeting was an open meeting 

when council went to discussion and vote on an issue they closed meeti

Before a vote on a motion that would have required a super majority one of council members asked the applicant for a zoning change to state if they would change their proposal to remove one of the deviations Requested.   The applicant was allowed to speak again 

 Does this conform to Roberts rules and parliamentary procedures?

 

 

 

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On entering executive session: so far as RONR is concerned, a body may enter an executive session by a majority vote.  However, there may be relevant laws since this is a public body, which is beyond the scope of this forum.

The question about changing the plan is also beyond the scope of this forum.  So far as RONR is concerned, members of bodies make motions, and those (original main) motions are amendable by the body.  In this case, a non-member has submitted an application, and one individual (a non-member) made the change.  The answer will depend on the rules under which this body considers such applications.  Your case ultimately depends on your relevant laws.  If there were no relevant laws, RONR would say that some member of the body would move to grant the request, or could move to grant some portion of it (to allow the zoning change subject to the landowner's agreement to a covenant, etc.) and that the applicant would have no parliamentary say.  But that is likely not the case.

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2 hours ago, Guest Mary Coffman said:

City council meeting was an open meeting 

when council went to discussion and vote on an issue they closed meeti

Before a vote on a motion that would have required a super majority one of council members asked the applicant for a zoning change to state if they would change their proposal to remove one of the deviations Requested.   The applicant was allowed to speak again 

 Does this conform to Roberts rules and parliamentary procedures

I’m not entirely clear on what part of this process you are concerned about, but none of what occurred appears to violate any rule in RONR. Since this is a public body, however, there are almost certainly applicable state and local laws pertaining to these matters, and those rules take precedence.

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