The City Council needs your help to determine the interest of community members to serve on a separate City of Oakley Planning Commission, or to join the existing group of “Citizen Planning Advisors."
The City Council is currently considering whether to re-establish the Planning Commission as a separate body or keeping the responsibilities of the Planning Commission as they are currently set up, which includes a small group of residents who serve as Planning Advisors.
As background, the City had a separate Planning Commission since incorporation in July of 1999 until February 2009, when the City was experiencing less development activity as a result of the Great Recession. Since that time, the Oakley City Council has acted as the Planning Commission, and the Planning Advisors assist by reviewing potential projects and providing recommendations to the City Council.
The City Council has directed Staff to develop a survey that will measure residents’ satisfaction with the current set up and also gauge the level of interest that our residents may have in serving on a Planning Commission and/or as Citizen Planning Advisors.
A Planning Commission, if established as a separate body, would consist of 5 members appointed by the City Council who would meet one to two times a month at a consistently-scheduled day and time (likely a Tuesday evening), would have to follow all Brown Act (open meeting law) requirements and Commissioners would be required to serve a 4-year term.
The group of Citizen Planning Advisors could be up to 9 members and the Advisors review the proposed project documents via email and review independently with comments and recommendations to be submitted by a deadline (there is not a consistently-scheduled meeting). A Planning Advisor may serve a 2 or 4-year term.
The City Council looks forward to hearing from you!
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