Planning Commission


Term expires
Andrew Barnes
Email Andrew Barnes 650-388-9944 April 30, 2024
Linh Dan Do  Email Linh Dan Do  n/a April 30, 2026
Chris DeCardy - Chair
Email Chris DeCardy
April 30, 2023
Cynthia Harris - Vice Chair
Email Cynthia Harris
650-814-8050 April 30, 2025
Henry Riggs
Email Henry Riggs 650-327-6198 April 30, 2024
Jennifer Schindler Email Jennifer Schindler  n/a April 30, 2026
Michele Tate
Email Michele Tate
April 30, 2023

Roles and responsibilities

Established according to state law, the Planning Commission makes decisions in many areas of the land use process and also makes recommendations to the City Council in other areas:

  • The Planning Commission reviews development proposals on public and private lands for compliance with the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • The Commission reviews all development proposals requiring a use permit, architectural control, variance, minor subdivision and environmental review associated with these projects. The Commission is the final decision-making body for these applications, unless appealed to the City Council
  • The Commission serves as a recommending body to the City Council for major subdivisions, rezoning’s, conditional development permits, Zoning Ordinance amendments, General Plan amendments and the environmental reviews and Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Agreements associated with those projects
  • The Commission works on special projects as assigned by the City Council

Email the Planning Commission

To express your comments and opinions about a topic to the entire Planning Commission, including staff liaisons, please email the Planning Commission.

NOTE: All communications to the Planning Commission and/or city staff are public communications subject to the provisions of the California Public Records Act. Copies of communications sent via email may be printed and included as an attachment to staff reports, which are posted in full on the city website, and/or placed in files accessible to the general public.

Meetings, agendas, minutes and videos

Planning Commission meetings are generally held twice a month on Mondays starting at 7 p.m., based on a meeting schedule approved by the Planning Commission. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. The Planning Commission meeting schedule(PDF, 80KB)  is published in January each year.

Participate in meetings

Join meetings using the link on the published agenda and the citywide calendar.

Agendas, minutes and videos

The city website provides meeting agendas, minutes and videos for public review. For regular meetings, agendas will be posted no later than 72 hours in advance; agendas for special meetings will be posted no later than 24 hours in advance. Meeting minutes are available following approval. Videos are typically posted within 24 hours after the meeting.

City Council liaison

Staff liaison

Corinna Sandmeier
Acting Principal Planner