Public Hearing Rules of Conduct

Pursuant to Section 7.2.k of the Planning Commission’s By-Laws, public hearings will operate under the
following guidelines:

  • Staff Presentation – No time limit – Cross examination or questions pertaining to the Staff Report or
    applicable regulations can follow
  • Applicant’s Opening Presentation and Presentation of Witnesses – 15 Minutes – Cross examination or
    questions can follow related to the presentation
  • Represented Public or Opposition’s Opening Presentation and Presentation of Witnesses – 15 Minutes – Questions or cross examination can follow related to the presentation
  • Individual Public Comment – 3 Minutes – Redundant comments will be limited but there is no limit on
    the number of persons wishing to speak
  • Closing Arguments – 3 Minutes for Applicant and/or Public Spokesperson

The Planning Commission Board

The City-County Planning Commission includes twelve (12) citizen members appointed to four year terms. The Mayor of Bowling Green appoints four members, the Warren County Judge-Executive appoints four members and the Mayors of Plum Springs, Oakland, Smiths Grove and Woodburn appoint one member each. Please click the about tab to learn more about what all is under the umbrella of the CCPC organization.


The twelve planning commissioners have oversight of staff and budget, are the administrative body that implements the community’s vision based on the Comprehensive Plan, and advises the governmental bodies on land use and policy Issues. While the Planning Commission as an organization and the planning commission as a board are the same, the largest amount of board activity typically seen on television usually involves public hearings and making recommendations on zone changes, future land use, right-of-way closings and other application specific requests. For rezonings, the commissioners hear a case, make a decision in the form of a recommendation, and then pass that recommendation on to the appropriate legislative body for final approval. Some decisions such as future land use map amendments are final action by the planning commission. There are usually some organizational business items (financial reports, personnel actions, project updates, etc.) either toward the beginning or end of each meeting.

Planning Commission Members

Velma Runner

Warren County

Tim Huston

Warren County

Mary Belle Ballance


Sandy Clark

Plum Springs

Chuck Coppinger

Bowling Green

Greg Gay

Bowling Green

Tim Graham

Warren County

Eric Madison


Albert Rich

Smiths Grove

Mary Vitale

Bowling Green

Christiaan Volkert

Warren County

Dean Warren

Bowling Green

Hamp Moore

Planning Commission Attorney