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The Role of the Planning Commission


  • The five-member Planning Commission typically meets twice per month on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers at 420 Litho Street
  • All meetings of the Planning Commission are open to the public
  • The Planning Commission regularly holds joint meetings with the Historic Preservation Commission
  • Planning Commission meetings may be viewed live via webcast or as video recordings beginning on the day after a meeting takes place
  • Meeting times and agendas may be viewed on the meetings and agendas page for the Planning Commission


  • There are five at-large commissioners
  • Commissioners must be Sausalito residents
  • Commissioners must be appointed by the City Council
  • Commissioners may not serve on any other appointed City board or committee, except for those positions specified by the municipal code
  • The City Council encourages residents to apply to serve on the Planning Commission; if interested, please fill out an application form
  • The term length is three years, with a maximum of two terms
  • A member may continue to serve after her or his term expires, until a new member is appointed


  • Because of the importance of the Planning Commission, there is no single City Council Liaison
  • The Staff Liaison is Lilly Whalen, Community Development Director, (415) 289-4133 or


  • To send a group email message to the commissioners, use this email address:
  • If you have any questions about the Planning Commission or an item under consideration by the Planning Commission, please contact the Community Development Department (CDD) at (415) 289-4128 or
  • The CDD public counter in City Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon