Seven voting members, who are residents, are appointed by Council for six-year terms. They make recommendations to Council and the City Manager on matters affecting the physical development of the City. Cases heard before the Planning Commission can be found on the Planning Commission Cases Page where you will also find agendas, minutes and actions from specific meeting dates of the current year. For older agendas, minutes or action please visit the Archived Agendas and Minutes page.
The Planning Commission is responsible for granting approval for most 'conditionally permitted uses' in the city. The zoning code permits some uses 'by right,' which means that no special approval is needed. Conditionally permitted uses require advance review and may be governed by additional requirements because they are more likely to impact neighboring properties or increase demands on public services.
The zoning code sets out specific standards that apply to various conditionally permitted uses, but also sets standards that are expected to be met by all conditional uses. More information is contained in the Conditional Use Permit Application. View more information on Conditional use Permits.
The Planning Commission must approve all changes in the boundaries, or resubdivisions, of parcels. The steps are set out in the Resubdivision Approval Application.