The city planning commission consists of six members, each appointed for a term of three years. Two members from each ward are recommended for appointment by the council member representing the ward and appointed by the mayor, with the approval of the city council.
The Planning Commission adopts a Comprehensive Plan to be used by city leaders, developers, business owners, and citizens to make decisions about growth and development. This document provides long-range policy direction for land use, transportation, economic development, housing, public services, and natural and cultural resources. It serves as a guide for elected and public officials by providing the framework for evaluating development proposals. It lays out a community vision and priorities and describes where, how, and in some cases when development should occur.
The Planning Commission is a recommending body for zoning applications. The Planning Commission recommends approval or denial based on the Comprehensive Plan. The application is forwarded to the City Council with the Planning Commission's recommendation. The application is ultimately decided by the City Council.