The Planning Commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the City Council for four-year terms. The Planning Commission serves as a policy advisory body to the City Council providing guidance and recommendations to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and related land use documents. Administrative rules govern how the Planning Commission conducts its business.
City Council approves the Planning Commission’s work program at the beginning of each year. In the first half of 2016, the Planning Commission finished their recommendations on an update to the City’s wireless communication facilities regulations. Their recommendations are now being considered by the City Council.
In July, the Planning Commission began work on a Housing Strategy Plan--addressing affordable housing issues in the City. If this work is finished before the end of the year, the Planning Commission will turn their attention to a review of the Neighborhood Business zoning district. This district is found in two places in the City—near the intersections of NE 153rd Place and Juanita Drive, and NE 170th Street and Juanita Drive. It is anticipated that the Neighborhood Business project will continue on into 2017.
The City now has assisted listening devices available for use during Planning Commission meetings. A necklace-style device is available for those who wear hearing aids. An ear bud (in-ear) style, or an over-the-ear style, are available for those without hearing aids. Please contact the City Clerk as far in advance of the meeting as possible, preferably no later than the morning of the meeting.