Planning Commission Members

The Planning Commission consists of seven members who have interest, knowledge and expertise in all areas of City planning and development.

Commissioners serve four-year staggered terms ending July 31.

Jason Akana
Term: 2014
Robert Flint
Term: 2016
Charles Giannini
Term: 2016
Paul Hagen
Term: 2015
Judith Mayer
Term: 2016

Daniel Tangney
Term: 2017

Julie Vaissade-Elcock
Term: 2014
Vacancy - Applications due July 15, 2014.
Term: 2018
Vacancy - Applications due July 15, 2014.
Term: 2018
Staff Liaisons: Larry Oetker, Community Development Director
Alyson Hunter, Senior Planner


Powers and Duties
are specified in the State Planning and Zoning Law, Title 7 of the California Government Code. These powers and duties are outlined as follows:

A. To serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council and City staff on all matters pertaining to planning and the physical development of the City and surrounding areas;

B. To provide recommendations to the City Council regarding the preparation, adoption, amendment, administration and implementation of the General Plan and its various elements, the Local Coastal Plan and Specific Plans;

C. To provide recommendations to the City Council regarding preparation, adoption, amendment and implementation of the City's land use, zoning, subdivision, development review, design review, environmental review and other related policies, ordinances and standards;

D. To review and take action to approve, approve subject to conditions or modifications or to deny various applications for development or use of land as provided in the City's Land Use and Development Guide, Title IX of the Arcata Municipal Code;

E. To review and make decisions with respect to Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports and other environmental documents prepared for private and public projects;

F. To review and make decisions regarding the consistency of proposed acquisition or disposition of real property by the City with the General Plan and any applicable Specific Plans, as provided by State law;

G. To review and make decisions with respect to the consistency of proposed capital improvement projects and programs with the General Plan and any applicable Specific Plans, as provided by State law; and

H. To exercise any other powers and duties as may be assigned by state law or by the Land Use Code, Title IX of the Arcata Municipal Code.