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Posted on: December 4, 2020

Apply for a Seat on the Planning Commission

H Street 2012 by Rick Donaldson

The City of Arcata is seeking community members to apply for openings on the Planning Commission.


Planning Commissioners have a direct impact on Arcata’s future. The Planning Commission makes decisions on City development plans, projects, and land use regulations, which makes their role especially vital to the community. The Commission will make decisions on future housing and in-fill development, consider recommendations on major policy documents like the General Plan and Local Coastal Plan, and assist the development of new regulations to implement development plans throughout Arcata.

Community members who wish to apply for a seat on the Planning Commission should have interest in learning all areas of City planning, development and historic preservation. While a technical and professional background in planning and related fields is helpful, sound judgement and critical thinking is a priority. Applicants must live within Arcata City limits or must live or work in the Arcata planning area to be considered, and everyone with an interest and a willingness to serve the community is encouraged to apply.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, City Hall offices are currently closed to the public. Applications may be dropped off, in a sealed envelope labeled “City Manager’s Office,” at the City’s  drop boxes, located in the City Hall parking lot off of 7th Street and next to the USPS mailbox outside City Hall at 736 F Street.

For more information or to apply for a vacancy on the Planning Commission, please click here or call (707) 822-5953.

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