Planning Commission Guide

Informational Memo

Published: June 4, 2020

Planning Commission Guide
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See accompanying model documents below.

This material contains general information; it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

Learn ways the city may create, change or discontinue a city planning commission. Provides information on appointment of members, commission powers and duties, and meeting rules. Understand council and planning commission roles in creating a comprehensive land use plan for growth and development; how to implement it.  Use of zoning and its tools such as variances, conditional use permits (CUP). Addressing adjustments and appeals, especially considering the 60-day rule. Ways to participate in joint or multi-jurisdictional planning.

Use these model documents with the discussion in the “Planning Commission Guide:”