The proposal was developed by a subcommittee headed by Alternate Member Michael Johnson. Johnson said that most of the other commissioners participated in the subcommittee. A proposal that commissioners have access to pre-paid $100 purchase cards at an office supply company (Staples) caused some concern about accountability for the spending. Thus, the Commission decided to propose that requests for staff help be honored with a two-day turn-around.
The Commission is composed of volunteers who are elected to four year terms. It makes decisions about land use in the city, reviewing proposals for subdivisions and developments at twice-monthly meetings. Its work is supported by city staff in the Department of Planning, Conservation, and Development.