The city of Santa Barbara is looking for a representative to serve on the Planning Commission for a standard four-year term.

Dating back to 1923, the Planning Commission has a long history of decision-makers shaping the community’s land use policy and development standards. The commission makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the physical development of the city, including amendments to the General Plan, Local Coastal Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

The commission also serves as the decision-maker for individual projects, including land divisions, coastal development permits, nonresidential development, and conditional use permits as assigned. The commission meets at 1 p.m. the first, second and third Thursdays of each month, as well as on an as-needed basis.

Those interested in contributing to the community and influencing the development pattern of Santa Barbara by serving on the city’s Planning Commission should contact the City Clerk’s Office, 805-564-5309.

For information, including the qualifications and the online application, visit the city’s website (Boards and Commissions page). Deadline for submitting applications related to this vacancy is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.

The City Council will conduct interviews of applicants for the vacancy on Tuesday, Feb. 25, during the City Council meeting.

— Norma Estrada for city of Santa Barbara.