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Planning Board-Rules of its own? WHY?

The Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) often testifies at County proceedings , presenting their Technical Staff Report (TSR), laying out whether or not they feel something a developer wants to do should be granted or not. Last year, the County Council unanimously passed a Bill that required the DPZ to be under oath, and subject to cross-examination, when presenting their TSR to the Zoning Board. The Zoning Board always is the local decision-maker in these proceedings, and recently, new legislation, seeks to apply this change to the Planning Board, when they are the final arbiters sometimes. It seemed like a simple correction of an oversight, and a needed edit for transparency and proper