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Commissions and Hearings

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The Planning & Community Development department is responsible for staffing the Zoning Administrator and three Commissions including: the Historic Preservation Commission, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Building and Fire Appeals. 

Each commission has regular meetings, either monthly or bi-monthly, with the exception of the Board and Building and Fire Appeals which meets annually to appoint a Chair and Vice-Chair, and then as-needed if appeals are received. 

Visit individual pages about each Commission to learn more. 

Meeting Agendas 

There are a number of ways to access a Commissions agenda. Agendas are published on each commission's website three days (72 hours) prior to the meeting date, as State law requires. However, we aim to release agendas and reports  as soon as they are ready, usually the Friday before the meeting. If you don't see the agenda posted yet, it will be available 72 hours before the meeting. If you are not able to access a computer with internet, you may visit our bulletin posting located outside Room 107 at 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. 

Upon request, the agenda can be provided in a format to accommodate special needs. Additionally, if you wish to attend a public meeting and require assistance such as an interpreter for American Sign Language, Spanish, or other special equipment, please call the City Clerk’s Department at 420-5030 at least five days in advance so that we can arrange for such special assistance, or email The Cal-Relay system number: 1-800-735-2922.

How to Participate: Virtual Meetings During COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place

During shelter-in-place orders, the City Council chambers will be closed. Members of the public will be able to call in to each meeting and participate over the phone. Please see the agenda for the phone number to dial in order to participate during a commission meeting.

Public Hearing Notifications

Certain agenda items require a public hearing. If an item requires a public hearing, notice about the item will go out fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting. Depending on the nature of the item, notice may be mailed to the neighbors by postcard, an ad placed in the news paper, like the Sentinel and/or Goodtimes, and news postings to our website. To learn more about the extra noticing we complete in addition to State and local law, read our Public Outreach Policy on our Ordinance & Policy Updates page.

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