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Planning Commission
The Planning Commission acts as an advisory body to the City Council on all planning and development policy issues and is charged with the preparation, maintenance, and implementation of the City's General Plan. The Commission functions as the decision-making body for many land use related proposals including land use permits, variances, and major subdivisions. The Commission's decisions can be appealed to the City Council, which can uphold the Commission’s decision, overturn it, modify it, or send it back for further study.

The Commission is composed of seven members who serve two year terms for a maximum of four consecutive terms. To learn about vacancies and appointment procedures for the Planning Commission, you may contact the Planning Division at 510-621-1231. For all other Planning Commission related issues, please contact Lina Velasco, Senior Planner at 510-620-6841.

Unless otherwise noticed, meetings of the Planning Commission are at 6:30 P.M. on the first Thursday of each month and are televised on KCRT Channel 28.
 
Design Review Board
The Design Review Board functions as the decision-making body for the design of new development projects and most exterior changes to existing buildings. The Board also acts as an advisory body to the Planning Commission in cases involving a land use decision. The Board's decisions can be appealed to the City Council, which can uphold the Board's decision, overturn it, or modify it. The Board is composed of seven members who serve two year terms for a maximum of four consecutive terms.

To learn about vacancies and appointment procedures, you may contact the Planning Division at 510-620-6705. For all other Design Review Board related issues, please contact Jonelyn Whales, Senior Planner at 510-620-6785.

Unless otherwise noticed, meetings of the Design Review Board are at 6:00 P.M. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings of the Design Review Board are not televised.
 
Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission functions as the decision-making body for the design of new development projects in historic districts and major alterations to historic or potentially historic resources. The Commission also nominates properties for historic designation and conducts historic resource surveys and studies. The Commission is composed of seven City Council appointed members who serve a four year term.

To learn about vacancies and appointment procedures, you may contact the Planning Division at 510-620-6705. For all other Historic Preservation Commission related issues, please contact Hector Rojas, Senior Planner at 510-620-6662.

Unless otherwise noticed, meetings of the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee are at 6:00 P.M. on the second Tuesday of every other month. Meetings of the Committee are not televised.
 



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