Ordinance #113 adopted in August of 1968, established the Planning Commission. The City Council appointed Commission consists of nine members who serve terms not exceeding three years without reappointment. The Commission is an activity within the General Fund charged with several key responsibilities. The mission of the Planning Commission involves the preparation of a Master Land Use Plan for the physical development of the City. In furthering the policies and objectives of the adopted Master Land Use Plan, the Planning Commission is also empowered to review and approve a comprehensive Municipal lmprovement Program (MIP) for public structures and improvements.
Similarly, the Planning Commission reviews and approves the development plans on all parks in accordance with the City's adopted Recreation Plan and Municipal lmprovement Program.
The Planning Commission reviews and approves subdivision plats of land for conformity with various elements of the Master Land Use Plan and adopted City ordinances. The Commission also provides recommendations to the City Council on amendments to the Zoning and Subdivision Regulation Ordinances. The Commission reviews and recommends plans related to municipal facilities.
The review and approval of special land uses, temporary uses, and temporary buildings are also included among the key responsibilities of the Planning Commission. Recommendations are provided to the City Council relative to proposed projects under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.
The members of the Planning Commission are compensated as appointed officials. Much of its budgeted expenditures are related to the recording services for the meetings, the publishing of notices or minutes, education and training, and other related matters.
The current Master Land Use Plan was developed and adopted by the Planning Commission in May, 2005 with an amendment in April, 2007.
Did You Know...
The Planning Commission annually reviews and updates the Zoning Ordinance in response to emerging trends, problems and opportunities, as well as for compliance with state law.