Planning Commission

Regular Meetings

  • Meetings take place the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month
  • Meetings begin at 6 p.m.
  • Meetings are normally held at City Hall located at 736 F Street Arcata, CA 95521.  However, due to Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20 from the Executive Department of the State of California and the Humboldt County Public Health Officer’s March 19, 2020, Shelter-in- Place Order, Planning Commission meetings are not physically open to the public at this time. 
  • Members of the public can provide comment during the teleconference via phone or Zoom Video Communications, and can access the meeting on Access Humboldt Channel 10, on, and on the City’s YouTube channel.

Zoom Links for Planning Commission Meetings

Meetings must be held in an open-public session as set forth in the
Ralph M Brown Act.  For the conduct of commission meetings, the Planning Commission follows Rosenberg's Rules of Order for parliamentary procedures. 

Agendas & Minutes 

Current and historical Agendas are available prior to the meetings are available at the link below.  Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes
 Agendas and Minutes From 2011 - 2013


The Planning Commission's primary function is set by a statute in the California State Government Code Title 7 Sections 65000 - 67980: Planning and Land Use. In addition, Planning Commissioners:
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the Council on all matters pertaining to planning and the physical development of the City and surrounding areas
  • Provide recommendations regarding preparation, adoption, amendments, administration and implementation of the General Plan and the Arcata Municipal Code Title 9 - the Land Use Code
  • Make decisions with respect to Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports and other environmental documents.
The Planning Commission’s powers and duties are outlined in Arcata Municipal Code Sections 2208 to 2211.

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest Provisions of the City of Arcata Conflict of Interest Code, AMC Title II, Chapter 8, apply to all commission members. Commissioners must file California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Form 700 with the City Clerk's Office.

Annual Reports to the Council

View the Planning Commission Annual Reports in the archive center.