(1) Application. No later than 60 days after the filing of notice of planned conversion, the developer or the developer’s agent shall apply for a permit on a form prescribed by the city manager and shall submit as part of this application the information and documents set forth below, together with an application fee in an amount set by the city. The applicant promptly shall post a copy of the entire application in a conspicuous place in the building or buildings to be converted.
(2) Staff review. Within 30 days from the time of a completed application the city shall issue a staff report on the applicant’s compliance with conditions for approval of the permit. The staff report shall be sent to the applicant who shall have 7 days after receipt to submit additional information or material. The applicant promptly shall post a copy of the staff report in a conspicuous place in the building or buildings to be converted.
(3) Permit approval. Within 14 days after the issuance of the staff report the city manager shall approve or deny the permit and within five days of the decision shall notify the applicant of the decision in writing. The applicant or developer promptly shall notify each affected tenant in writing of the decision of the city manager on the permit application. In addition, the city manager shall mail, by first class mail, a notice of the decision and of the opportunity to appeal to owners and occupants of property located within 100 feet of the property on which the subject condominium is located and to persons who have requested notification. Unless appealed, the city manager’s decision is effective on the eleventh day after notice of the decision is mailed.
(4) Appeal of permit decision.
(a) Within ten days of the date that notice of the permit decision is mailed by the city manager, it may be appealed to the hearings official by the owner, applicant, a party, an adversely affected person, or a person entitled to notice from the city under subsection (5) of this section. Such appeal shall be instituted by filing a notice of appeal on a form to be provided by the city.
(b) Within 45 days of the notice of appeal, the hearings officer shall conduct a public evidentiary hearing on the permit approval or disapproval action of the city manager. The hearing notice and procedures shall conform with the requirements for quasi-judicial hearings provided in sections 9.7065 to 9.7095 of this code. At least 20 days prior to the hearing, the city shall mail notice thereof to the applicant, appellant, persons who requested notice of the city manager’s decision, and to persons entitled to notice from the city under subsection (3) of this section.
(c) Such appeal shall be limited to the issues of whether the applicant has satisfied the conditions and obligations of the permit approval, whether approval or denial of the permit was an abuse of discretion by the city manager, and whether the information supplied by the applicant in connection with the application is true and correct.
(d) The decision of the hearings official on the permit approval or disapproval decision shall be given in writing no later than 15 days after the close of the hearing and record, and such decision shall be final. Within five days of the decision, notice of the decision shall be mailed by first class mail to the applicant, appellant, and persons who requested notification of the decision.