Planning Commission

The Planning Commission acts as an advisory body to the City Council on all planning and development policy issues and is charged with the preparation, maintenance, and implementation of the City's General Plan. The Commission functions as the decision-making body for many land use related proposals including land use permits, variances, and major subdivisions. The Commission's decisions 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. 

The Commission is composed of seven members who serve two year terms for a maximum of four consecutive terms. To learn about vacancies and appointment procedures for the Planning Commission, you may contact the Planning Division at 510-621-1231. For all other Planning Commission related issues, please contact Lina Velasco, Senior Planner at 510-620-6841.

Unless otherwise noticed, meetings of the Planning Commission are at 6:30 P.M. on the first Thursday of each month and are televised on KCRT Channel 28.