Planning Commission

Planning Commission Role

The Central City's Planning Commission is a six-member board appointed by the City Council for the purpose of planning and plan review. They are advisory to the City Council on all matters concerning land use and land subdivision. The Planning Commission is charged with the formulation and revision of comprehensive master plans, zoning regulations, subdivision regulations and special review use conditions. They also conduct site-specific plan reviews associated with all of the above. The Planning Commission typically makes a recommendation on a land use case which is then sent to the City Council for a final decision. 

All meetings are open to the public, but if you wish to address the commission you must first give your name and address for the meeting minutes. Written comments are also accepted and can be sent to staff prior to a meeting.

Planning Commission Meetings

The agenda for the next meeting is typically posted on the City Hall steps will be posted here as available. Meetings maybe canceled or rescheduled due to lack of business or poor weather. Special meetings may also be called. 

Meeting Agendas

If you have any questions regarding the next meeting, please contact Community Development Department staff at 303.582.5251. Extra meeting material/handouts are typically available at the meeting on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like a copy of the material sent to the Planning Commission, please email the Community Development Director to make such a request. Material is typically sent to the Planning Commission on the Friday prior to the meeting and can be forwarded to you upon receipt of your emailed request, but only after the material has been sent to the Planning Commission. General parking can be found in the Big T lot across the street from the City Hall.

Public hearings are officially noticed in the Weekly-Register Call. Property owners adjacent to the proposed subject site are notified. The property is also posted.

Any contact of a Planning Commissioner regarding any specific land case or proposal or request should be made during the public meeting or through staff prior to the meeting. No one should attempt to contact a Planning Commissioner prior to the meeting to ensure all the information is presented and heard (testimony) at the same time in a public forum.


Referral Approval Maybe Required


Section 16-8-308. Administrative

(a)               Administrative Recommendation, Decision, or Referral. Promptly after determination that a complete application addresses the comments and recommendations provided pursuant to Subsection (b), above (or, after finding that no revisions will be required):

(1)              If the application is for an administrative approval or permit, then the Administrator (or HPO, as applicable) shall:

A.Approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application, as appropriate; or

B.Upon a determination that the development, as proposed, may have material impacts on neighboring properties or historic resources that are unusual in kind or degree, or that there is material potential for disagreement regarding whether the application complies with the standards of this LDC:

i.                     The Administrator may refer the application to the Planning Commission for review and decision according to the applicable standards of this LDC; or

ii.                   If the application is for a site plan or final plat, the Administrator may refer the application to the Planning Commission for review and recommendation and thereafter the City Council for decision according to the applicable standards of this LDC; or

iii.                 The HPO may refer the application to the HPC for review and decision according to the applicable standards of this LDC.


Section 16-8-309. Referrals

d)      Council Notification. Promptly after a determination of sufficiency pursuant to Section 16-8-306, the Administrator shall notify the City Council regarding the application if it is subject to Council ratifications pursuant to Table 16-8-202, and shall make copies of application materials available to members of the Council.  The Administrator shall thereafter make available copies of revised and resubmitted application materials to members of the Council.  The Council notification that is required by this subsection is for informational purposes, and such notices and application materials may be in electronic form.

Per Section 16-8-107. City Council

(a)               Ratifications.

(1)              The City Council  ratifies the following decisions of the Planning Commission:

  • A.                  Conditional use

  • B.                  Preliminary plat

  • C.                   Final development plans

(2)              The City Council ratifies the following decisions of the HPC:

  • A.                  Certificate of Appropriateness for new construction of any building that is larger than 250 square feet, or a dwelling unit of any size

  • B.                  Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition or relocation of any building that is larger than 250 square feet

  • C.                   Certificate of Appropriateness for changes to the exterior of buildings that involve a change in the profile of the building (e.g., movement or addition of exterior walls, changes to roof pitch, or addition or demolition of dormers) when viewed from the street upon which the building fronts.





Planning Commission Members

Lisa Leben, Chair (expires 12/22)

Bobbie Hill, Chair pro-tem (expires 12/22)

Barbara Thielemann, (expires 12/20)

Kara Tinucci, (expires 12/20)

Dena Hunter, (expires 12/20)

Marcia Enloe, (Alternate, expires 12/22)


Ray Rears, Community Development Director

Planning Commission Meetings

6:00 p.m. – 1st Wednesday of the month (as needed)
City Council Chambers - 141 Nevada Street, Central City