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.