More than six months after Austin City Council expanded from seven to 11 members, two city commissions are undergoing a similar transition.
Effective July 1, the Planning Commission and Zoning and Platting Commission expanded to 14 and 11 members, respectively, in response to the city’s effort to create a larger City Council based on geographic representation. Each council member nominates one resident to both boards, while the mayor is allowed to nominate up to four Planning Commission members.
All but four Planning Commission members—Stephen Oliver, Patricia Seeger, Jean Stevens and Nuria Zaragosa—were replaced, and only two Zoning and Platting Commission members—Jackie Goodman and Gabriel Rojas—were reappointed. Two vacancies remain on Planning Commission, with both seats anticipated to be filled by mayoral appointees, said Wendy Rhoades, principal planner with the city’s Planning and Zoning Department.