The Planning Commission is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to take actions and make recommendations regarding land use and planning matters. The Commission conducts public hearings, considers the proposals and the information provided by the Planning Division staff, applicants and members of the public, and reviews the recommendations of staff. Depending on the issue, the Planning Commission either makes a decision to grant or deny the permit application, or make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors as to the action the Commission feels is most appropriate. The Planning Commission meets on an as-needed basis on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room.
The Board of Supervisors appoints five citizen Planning Commissioners. One commissioner is appointed for each of the five supervisorial districts. The Planning Commission’s duties are spelled out in various sections of the Zoning Ordinance. Among its duties are making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, making final decisions on various permit applications, and hearing appeals of Planning Director decisions.
The public has the opportunity to address the Commission on any item appearing on the agenda. Persons wishing to address the Commission should fill out a “Speaker Card.” If you wish to comment on an item and do not want to speak before the Commission, you may fill out a “Comment Card.” The cards are located on the table inside the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room. The Chairperson will acknowledge comments for the record.
To maintain a public meeting environment conducive and welcoming to receiving public comments from all members of the public, the audience is discouraged from engaging in displays of support or opposition to staff reports or public comments, including clapping, booing, hissing or cheering, that may create a disruptive or intimidating environment for members of the public wishing to participate.