There are five members who serve four-year terms. The members are appointed by the mayor and approved by City Council. They cannot hold any other municipal office or appointment. Each member must sign a non-conflict of interest affidavit. Members cannot participate in decisions involving property or issues that directly affect their personal or business interests.
City Council appoints one of its members to attend all Planning Commission meetings as a nonvoting representative who reports the recommendations of the commission back to City Council.
The primary duty of this commission is to enforce city laws and ordinances that govern commercial, industrial, and residential development. It is also responsible for making and amending the city's master plan, controlling the dividing and subdividing of land, and recommending acceptance or rejection of proposed development plans. Their recommendations are sent to the City Council for their consideration and action.