The five-member Planning Commission is appointed by the City Council to carry out a variety of delegated functions. State law sets out the areas over which the commission has authority, either as a decision-making body or advisory to the council.
The commission is responsible for recommending broad development policies to the council. The commission acts as an advisory body to the council on applications for subdivision of land (including condominiums) and, absent an appeal to the council, is the final authority over a variety of discretionary development applications (Conditional Use Permits, Development Plan Review Permits, etc.), variances from the zoning regulations (sitting as the Board of Zoning Appeals) and for the environmental assessment of such applications, as proscribed by law.
As the Planning Agency, it also sits as the review panel for state and federally mandated programs.
The commission meets in City Hall's Council Chambers.
To view audio/video of past Planning Commission meetings, click this link: Archived Planning Commission Meetings