Testifying before the County Council or the planning commission against proposed developments is an exercise in futility. The odds of prevailing are about a hundred to one.
If the goal is to stop developments, testifying against developments may be counterproductive, because it gives the council and the planning commission the appearance of being democratic in its processes. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The membership of the planning commission is rigged so that the majority of its members are pro-development. Special interest groups control the votes of most of the council members. The council and the planning commission hold meetings to confirm what already has been decided. Somewhat similar to the show trials of the old Soviet Union.