All appeals must be filed prior to the effective date of a decision, in writing, and be accompanied by payment of the filing fee. If an application has been denied by an approval body, only the applicant may appeal the denial. If an application or a portion thereof is approved, an appeal may be made by the applicant, any interested citizen or taxpayer. When an appeal is properly filed, the application shall be set for hearing on an open agenda of the approval body to whom the appeal is authorized. All documents, plans, and papers constituting the record of the action from which an appeal is taken shall be forwarded to the approval body hearing the appeal and shall be considered part of the record of the de novo (new) hearing.
(a) Appeals to the Planning Commission. Appeals shall be filed with the Commission through the office of the Zoning Administrator.
(b) Appeals to the City Council. Appeals shall be filed with the City Clerk, who shall forward one copy to the Commission through the office of the Zoning Administrator.
Decisions by the Zoning Administrator shall be reviewed by the Commission if a member of either the Commission or the Council files a written request with the Commission through the office of the Zoning Administrator. Decisions of the Commission shall be reviewed by the Council if a Council member files a written request with the City Clerk. No fees are required when a Commissioner or Council member requests review of an application.