Planning Commission


Chair: Sandi Potter
Vice Chair: Heidi Bauer

City Council Liaison: Janice Cader Thompson
City Management Liaison: Andrew Trippel

Meets: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 11 English Street, Petaluma.

The Planning Commission performs the duties prescribed in the present or any future zoning ordinance (Title 21) or subdivision regulations (Title 20) of the City or any similar ordinance, statute, rule or regulation of the State, County or this City pertaining to the districting or zoning or dividing the City into districts or zones and regulating the construction of improvements, the use, division or minor subdivision of property within the City.

Also, the Planning Commission is charged with the responsibility of studying the needs of the City with respect to and advise and recommend to the Council concerning the establishment, modifications, and change of zones or districts and designations of the uses to which property contained therein may be prohibited, restricted and regulated and other duties as may be delegated by the City Council. The Commission consists of seven members, including one City Council Member, who have resided within the City limits not less than one year prior to their appointment. Commissioners serve four-year terms.

Current Agenda (when applicable)

Commission Members

Darren Racusen Planning Commissioner (seating July 1, 2022)/Tree Advisory Committee Member Email
Roger McErlane Planning Commissioner/Tree Advisory Committee Member Email
Amy Rider Planning Commissioner (concluding June 30, 2022) Email
Janice Cader Thompson Council Member District 1; Vice Mayor 2023, Planning Commission Liaison Email
Sandra Potter Planning Commission Chair/Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Technical Advisory Committee Member Email
Blake Hooper Planning Commissioner/Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee Member/Transit Advisory Committee Member Email
Rick Whisman Planning Commission Representative Email
Heidi Bauer Planning Commission Vice Chair/Groundwater Sustainability Advisory Committee Member Email
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