Planning Commission


The Planning Commission is responsible for advising the City Council on land use decisions such as: development, implementation and amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations. The Commission reviews and provides recommendations regarding land use and zoning permit applications, conducts site plan reviews, and reviews of proposed capital improvements and public land acquisitions/disposals.

Commissions are citizen-advisory boards responsible for advising the City Council on matters within the commission’s area of expertise. They hold hearings, receive evidence, conduct investigations, and make decisions and recommendations to the Council.

About the Commission

Commissions meet on a monthly basis at City Hall in the Council Chambers. Commission members commit to a 3-year term, and are governed by City Ordinances and bylaws of their own creation. There are 6 members who serve on the Commission plus staff and Council representatives. All Planning Commission meetings are open to the public, and are streamed on local cable channel 16, on the City's website and the City's YouTube channel.


  • First Thursday of the month
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Online via Zoom and in the Council Chamber at City Hall

Membership Applications & Eligibility

Residents interested in applying for a position on the Planning Commission can complete the Membership Application Form. All Commission appointments are confirmed by the City Council.

Submitting Agenda Items

Agenda items are submitted by the Wednesday prior to the week of a Planning Commission meeting date. Occasionally it is necessary to have a joint meeting with other Commissions or Authorities. 


  • Patrick Blees, Chair (2023-2025)
  • Andrew Wise, Vice-Chair (2024-2026)
  • Arthur Alvarez, Jr., Commission Member (2024-2026)
  • Stephanie Kane-Burback, Commission Member (2024-2026)
  • Elizabeth Gadbois, Commission Member (2024-2026)
  • Cameron Muhic, Commission Member (2022-2024)
  • Jim Rathe, Commission Member (2023-2025)
  • Jason Nordby, Council Liaison