What is a Planning Commission?
Early in the history of zoning, it was recognized that when reviewing zoning and land use matters, elected officials needed
input from a group of individuals who were not affected by political concerns. Having a group of interested volunteers judge land use
decisions for the community was intended to allow a wide range of views to be fairly represented.
Elected officials are representatives for the people in the community. As such, they are accountable to the voters. A planning
commissioner, on the other hand, is a representative of the people. This means that the members of the commission represent the
various interests found in the community, such as professionals, business owners and homemakers. In theory, this allows a planning commissioner to act without the political considerations that influence elected officials. (Taken from the MML Planning Commissioner's Handbook)