Boards & Commissions
The Ward Planning Commission consists of seven (7) members serving five (5) year terms. Members must live in the city limits of Ward and cannot be a full-time or part-time employee.
What is a Planning Commission?
The Planning Commission’s primary role, as its name implies, is to plan. A Planning Commission is a body of citizens that serve within local government, acting as an advisory group to the municipal governing body on issues and policies related to planning, land use regulation, and community development. Planning Commissioners act as citizen planners and work to develop plans and implementation policies that affect how their community manages changes in growth and development.
Who do Planning Commissioners Represent?
Planning Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and represent the municipality at large. Planning Commissioners do not represent any particular person, business, or group within their municipality. Planning Commissioners should strive to provide input and guidance that will positively affect the entire municipality and excuse themselves from any actions where a conflict of interest could be perceived.
Planning Commission Duties
While planning commissioners are appointed by the Mayor to act in an advisory role, commissioners should be unbiased in regards to requests and proposals and consider the overall impacts to the community as a whole. The Planning Commission plays a crucial role in shaping the future of the community. Considering the future of the community and developing plans to guide growth and development is both complex and time consuming.