Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC)

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 2.20 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: Planning.Commission@CityofPaloAlto.org

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.

Chair: William Riggs 
Vice Chair:
Michael Alcheck 
Staff Liaison:
Jonathan Lait, Director - 650-329-2679

Michael Alcheck ALCHECK, Michael
650-260-8451
Term Expires: 12/15/2021
Biography
                    
Ed Lauing LAUING, Ed
650-327-8890 (H)
Term Expires: 12/15/2020
Biography
William Riggs RIGGS, William
Term Expires: 12/15/2021
Biography
Giselle Roohparvar ROOHPARVAR, Giselle
Term Expires: 12/15/2022
Biography
  SUMMA, Doria
650-867-7544
Term Expires: 12/15/2020
Biography
  TEMPLETON, Carolyn
Term Expires: 12/15/2022
PTC@Caritempleton.com
Biography
Asher Waldfogel WALDFOGEL, Asher
650-329-2404
Term Expires: 12/15/2019
Biography

Planning and Transportation Commission Report to Council, October 20, 2014

Planning and Transportation Commission Procedural Rules

Planning and Transportation Commission By-laws


2019 Agendas and Minutes

Date Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
June 12, 2019   Agenda and Packet Draft Minutes Video Public Comment
May 29, 2019   Cancelled      
May 8, 2019  Agenda and Packet Draft Minutes Video Public Comment

April 24, 2019

Cancelled    
April 10, 2019  Agenda and Packet Minutes  Video Public Comment
March 27, 2019 Agenda and Packet Minutes  Video Public Comment 
March 13, 2019 Agenda and Packet  Minutes  Video Public Comment
March 4, 2019 Retreat


February 27, 2019 Cancelled


February 13, 2019  Agenda and Packet Minutes  Video  Public Comment
January 30, 2019  Agenda and Packet Minutes  Video  Public Comment
January 9, 2019 Cancelled



2018 Agendas and Minutes

Date Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
December 12, 2018  Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
November 28, 2018  CANCELLED      
November 14, 2018  Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
October 31, 2018 Cancelled      
October 10, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
September 26, 2018  Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
September 12, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment 
 August 29, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
 August 8, 2018 Cancelled      
July 25, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes  Video Public Comment
July 11, 2018 Cancelled      
June 27, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
June 13, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
May 30, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
May 22, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
May 9, 2018 Cancelled    
April 25, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
April 11, 2018  Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
March 28, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
March 14, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
February 28, 2018 Cancelled      
February 14, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
January 31, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment
January 17, 2018 PTC Retreat Minutes Audio  
January 10, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video Public Comment

Past Agendas and Minutes

Zoning Ordinance
Title 18 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code
Zoning OrdinanceMore...