Q. What is an “ex parte" communication?
A. This is a Latin term that means “by or for one party." In this instance, it refers to communication between a land use board member and a person interested in an application, without other interested persons, other board members or the public being present.
Q. Are these types of discussions a problem for land use boards?
A. Yes, if an ex parte contact occurs, several different problems could arise when that contact is eventually disclosed.