Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC)

Pursuant to the provisions of California Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20, issued on March 17, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Planning & Transportation Commission meetings will be held by virtual teleconference only, with no physical location. The meeting will be broadcast on Cable TV Channel 26 and live on the Midpen Media Center website. Members of the public who wish to participate by computer or phone can find the instructions below. To ensure participation in a particular item, we suggest calling in or connecting online 15 minutes before the item you wish to speak on.

Instructions: How to Join Zoom Meeting to Give Live Comments

Members of the Public may provide public comments to teleconference meetings via email, teleconference, or by phone. 

1. Written public comments may be submitted by email to

2. Spoken public comments using a computer will be accepted through the teleconference meeting. To address the Board, click on the link below for the appropriate meeting to access a Zoom-based meeting. Please read the following instructions carefully.

A. You may download the Zoom client or connect to the meeting in-browser. If using your browser, make sure you are using a current, up-to-date browser: Chrome 30 , Firefox 27 , Microsoft Edge 12 , Safari 7 . Certain functionality may be disabled in older browsers including Internet Explorer.

B. You will be asked to enter an email address and name. We request that you identify yourself by name as this will be visible online and will be used to notify you that it is your turn to speak.

C. When you wish to speak on an agenda item, click on “raise hand”. The moderator will activate and unmute attendees in turn. Speakers will be notified shortly before they are called to speak. The Zoom application will prompt you to unmute your microphone when it is your turn to speak.

D. When called, please limit your remarks to the time limit allotted.

E. A timer will be shown on the computer to help keep track of your comments.

3. Spoken public comments using a smart phone will be accepted through the teleconference meeting. To address the Council, download the Zoom application onto your phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and enter the Meeting ID below. Please follow instructions B-E above.

4. Spoken public comments using a phone use the telephone number listed below. When you wish to speak on an agenda item hit *9 on your phone so we know that you wish to speak. You will be asked to provide your first and last name before addressing the Board. You will be advised how long you have to speak. When called please limit your remarks to the agenda item and time limit allotted.

Meeting ID: 977 5267 4452

Phone number: 1 669 900 6833 (you may need to exclude the initial “1” depending on your phone service)

The Planning & Transportation Commission's primary responsibilities include:

  • Preparing and making recommendations to the City Council on the City's Comprehensive Plan regarding development, public facilities and transportation in Palo Alto
  • Considering and making recommendations to the City Council on zoning map and zoning ordinance changes
  • Reviewing and making recommendations to the City Council on subdivisions, on appeals on variances and use permits
  • Considering other policies and programs affecting development and land use in Palo Alto for final City Council action
  • Reviewing and making recommendations on individual projects such as Planned Community Zones, Open Space development, and those other projects as are directed by the zoning code, staff and City Council

Board and Commission Recruitment

The City continuously accepts applications for boards and commissions.

The Commission is composed of seven members who are current residents of the City of Palo Alto and are not Council Members, officers, or employees of the City. Terms are for four years and commence on November 1. See Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Sections 2.16 and 2.20 for more information. You may contact the City Clerk's Office at 650-329-2571 to be notified of vacancies and appointment procedures.

If you wish to send e-mail to the Planning and Transportation Commission, please use the following e-mail address:

Regular meetings are at 6:00 p.m. on the second and last Wednesdays of each month and are cablecast live on Government Channel 26. 

Commission Members

Chair: Bart Hechtman
Vice Chair:
 Giselle Roohparvar
Staff Liaison: Rachael Tanner, Assistant Director 650-329-2167

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  ALCHECK, Michael
  Term Expires: 12/15/2021


Bryna Chang.jpg   CHANG, Bryna
  Term Expires: 12/15/2021


Image of Commissioner Hechtman
  Term Expires: 12/15/2023


Image of Commissioner Lauing
  650-327-8890 (H)
  Term Expires: 12/15/2024


Image of Commissioner Roohparvar
  Term Expires: 12/15/2022


                          SUMMA, Doria
  Term Expires: 12/15/2024


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  TEMPLETON, Carolyn
  Term Expires: 12/15/2022


Planning and Transportation Commission Report to Council, January 13, 2021(PDF, 74KB)

Planning and Transportation Commission Procedural Rules(PDF, 159KB)

Planning and Transportation Commission By-laws(PDF, 15KB)