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Community Development & Services

Planning Commission Process

 Planning Commission Recommendations
Certain application types are heard by the Planning Commission and then a recommendation is forwarded to City Council for final action. These applications include:

  • Comprehensive Plan Amendments
  • Zone Changes
  • Master Streets and Highways
  • Vacations
  • Zoning Ordinance Amendments
When the Commission makes a recommendation to City Council, the application is automatically forwarded to a City Council meeting for review and final action.  These applications do not require an appeal.  Applicants, as well as citizens, may attend the City Council meeting to voice their opinion about applications that are on the agenda.

Planning Commission Final Decisions
The Planning Commission takes final action on the following applications:

  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Design Reviews
  • Master Sign Plans
  • Tentative Maps
  • Variances
  • Appeals of Staff Level Decisions
Applicants and their representatives, owners, and any individual who has either submitted written communication or testified at a public hearing have the right to appeal a Planning Commission decision.

Appeal Procedures
Appeals of Planning Commission decisions must be submitted to the Community Development Department within nine calendar days of notice to the City Clerk of the action taken at the Planning Commission meeting, which is typically the Monday following the Planning Commission meeting.  Unless appealed, final decisions are effective on the tenth calendar day following notification to the City Clerk.  If the last day falls on a weekend or a City-observed holiday, the time is extended to the first working day after the weekend/holiday.

Appeal applications may be obtained in the Community Development Department on the first floor of Henderson City Hall, 240 Water Street, Henderson, Nevada, or on our website.  Once the application has been completed, the appeal will be placed on the next available City Council agenda.  City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 240 Water Street, Henderson, Nevada.  For additional information on City Council meetings, please contact the City Clerk's office at (702) 267-1400.  For specific information regarding applications forwarded to City Council with a recommendation from the Planning Commission, contact the Community Development Department through Contact Henderson or call us at (702) 267-1500.