The City Planning Commission was established in 1962 and consists of a five member body comprised of City residents. Planning Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council. Appointments are for four (4) year terms.
A Planning Commission’s primary activity is planning, which according to the American Planning Association, “is a dynamic discipline that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people’s lives. Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. Planning helps communities to envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change.”
In Pennsylvania, planning commissions are primarily responsible for and charged with developing a comprehensive plan that outlines its specific community planning objectives. As such, planning commissions are on the front line regarding the issues that matter most to many communities. Their leadership is crucial in developing recommendations for implementing change as well as promoting responsible and sustainable community planning practices that have not only local implications, but multi-municipal and regional implications as well.
Powers and Duties
The planning commission acts as an advisor and recommending body to City Council. The MPC authorizes a planning commission to conduct the following activities for the municipality:
- Prepare a comprehensive plan for the long-term growth, development, and well-being of the municipality to present it for consideration and adoption
- Prepare and present a zoning ordinance, and make recommendations on proposed amendments to it
- Prepare, recommend, and administer subdivision and land development and planned residential development regulations
- Make recommendations concerning the adoption or amendment of an official map
- Submit a recommended capital improvements program
- Review the zoning ordinance, subdivision and land development ordinance, official map, provisions for planned residential development, and such other ordinances and regulations governing the development of land
Planning Commission meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month of the calendar year. The meetings are held at 1pm and are located in Room 500 of the City of Erie Municipal Building, 626 State Street, Erie PA 16501.
Agendas & Minutes
Please contact Jake Welsh, Planning Commission Secretary, at (814) 870-1273 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding the process for submitting items for Planning Commission review.