The Planning Commission plays a central role in the planning process in two important ways. First, it acts as an advisory board to the City Council on all planning and development issues, including the development and maintainence of the Comprehensive Plan. Second, the commission assures that the Comprehensive Plan is implemented by reviewing development applications on a case-by-case basis. Just as a building is built one brick at a time, a community vision is built one project at a time.
The Planning Commission is a permanent committee made up of seven (7) citizens who have been appointed by the CIty Council to serve four (4) year terms. Planning Commissioners are lay people who do not collect a salary or stipend to perform their duties.
Regularly meeting the fourth (4th) Monday of every month, the commission reviews and recommends actions on matters related to planning and development in light of federal, state, and local regulations and potential environmental effects. It also listens to testimony from citizens and other interested parties, holding public hearings when required by state and municipal law. However, the Planning Commission does not have the final word on these issues. Any action can be appealed to the City Council, which can uphold the commission's decision, overturn it, modify it or send it back for further study.
Lora Sandholm - Chair (term expires 12-23)
Peter Vickery - Vice Chair (term expires 12-21)
Gary Pettis (term expires 12-21)
Justin Forbrook (term expires 12-22)
Steve Livermore (term expires 12-23)
Damian Young (term expires 12-24)
John Sturgess (term expires 12-24)
Gary Vars (term expires 12-22)
Michael Kirkwood (term expires 12-22)