Regular meetings of the Planning Commission take place the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 PM in Arcata City Hall’s Council Chamber, located at 736 F Street. Additional meetings will take place at the call of the Committee Chair.
Please note that the City of Arcata is following County and State COVID-19 health and safety guidelines closely, and that in person attendance at Planning Commission meetings is not possible at this time.
Details on how to participate or observe their meetings on TV, YouTube or on Zoom are provided in each meeting agenda which can be found here.
Agendas & Archives
Meeting agendas and agenda archives for the Planning Commission can be found here.
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Overview of Commission Duties
The Planning Commission consists of 7 members who have interest, knowledge and expertise in areas of City planning and development. Of the 7 members, 5 must live within Arcata City limits and 2 may live or work in the Arcata planning area.
The role of the Planning Commission is to:
- Provide recommendations to the City Council regarding the preparation, adoption, amendment, administration and implementation of the General Plan and its various elements, the Local Coastal Plan and Specific Plans.
- Review and take action to approve, approve subject to conditions or modifications or to deny various applications for development or use of land as provided in the City's Land Use and Development Guide, Title IX of the Arcata Municipal Code.
- Review and make decisions with respect to Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports and other environmental documents prepared for private and public projects.
The powers and duties of the Planning Commission are specified in the State Planning and Zoning Law, Title 7 of the California Government Code and outlined in Arcata Municipal Code Sections 2208 to 2211.