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Agendas are available prior to these public hearings.  To request an accommodation or an alternative format for printed materials, please call Support Staff at (408) 535-5695 or (408) 294-9337 (TTY) as soon as possible, but at least three business days before any hearing.  Also, you may wish to contact the Planning Division at (408) 535-3555 the week of a public hearing to verify that an item will be heard and is not scheduled for deferral to a later date.

View Agendas - 2016

Synopses
View Synopses - 2016

Note: video recordings and archival documents (back to 2006) of Planning Commission hearings are available online.

Study Sessions
SPUR Presentation on "Building Great Places" (January 22, 2014)
Diridon Station Area Plan PowerPoint Presentation (November 6, 2013)
Riparian Corridor PowerPoint Presentation
North San Jose Area Development Policy PowerPoint Presentation
Urban Village Planning Commission Study Session (August 28, 2013)
  • The Urban Village team presented an overview for the Planning Commission on what an Urban Village is, the components of an Urban Village Plan, and the process for creating an Urban Village Plan, as well as, an update on the current progress of The Alameda, West San Carlos, and South Bascom Urban Villages. This presentation was open to the public.


Members
Name
Phone Number
Term Ends
Ed Abelite, Chair (408) 238-6808 6/30/18
Nick Pham, Vice Chair (408) 425-5304 6/30/18
Shiloh Ballard N/A 6/30/20
Edesa Bit-Badal (408) 230-6093 6/30/18 
Michelle Yesney  (408) 316-8618 6/30/20
Peter Allen (408) 673-8371  6/30/20
Namrata Vora (408) 893-3729  6/30/20

If you are interested in becoming a Commissioner and would like more information about the application process, please contact the City Clerk.

Duties & Bylaws

The Planning Commission is required and established in accordance with the City Charter (Section 1000). The members are residents of the City of San Jose, appointed by the City Council. The Planning Commission has the responsibility of making recommendations to the City Council on:
  • Adoption or amendment of the General Plan and specific and redevelopment plans for the future physical development of the City;
  • Adoption or amendment of land use and redevelopment regulations, including zoning and subdivision;
  • Adoption of the Capital Improvement Program; and
  • Other duties as provided by the City Council.

The Planning Commission also:
  • Acts as an appellate body on certain Planning Director decisions.
  • Certifies Environmental Impact Reports

View the latest version of Planning Commission Bylaws.

Relationships
The City Council is the final decision-making body for General Plan Amendments, rezonings, Tentative Maps and appeals of Environmental Impact Reports. The Planning Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council, although the Municipal Code allows the Commission to grant certain permits such as Conditional Use Permits, without requiring Council approval. The City Council serves at the appellate body for those decisions. The Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement serves as the Secretary to the Planning Commission.