(A) Upon receipt of an application, the office shall review the application to determine whether all required information has been submitted.
(B) If the application is incomplete, the administrator shall notify the person submitting the application of any deficiencies and give a reasonable amount of time to the applicant to complete the application.
(C) In making a determination on an application, the administrator may consider findings and recommendations of other governmental entities and interested persons concerning the proposed structure or object if the administrator deems it in the best interest of the public to do so. The administrator may, at their discretion, request that such findings and recommendations be submitted in writing or the administrator may order a public hearing be conducted prior to taking any action on the application.
(D) When ordered by the administrator, notice of a public hearing shall be provided to the applicant and each party as provided in division (C) of section 4561.33 of the Revised Code. Notice shall also be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, where such proposed structure or object is to be located, at least two weeks prior to the date of the public hearing. At the date and at the time and place designated in the notice, the administrator shall conduct a public hearing at which the applicant and any person affected by the proposed structure or object may present their position, arguments, or contentions, orally or in writing, offer witnesses, and present evidence tending to show that the proposed application should or should not be granted.
(E) Any findings, recommendations, opinions, or testimony shall not be binding on the administrator or department.