The Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission will start 2014 with a new meeting day.
The city panel voted Monday evening to change their meeting day to the third Tuesday of each month. The 6 p.m. meeting time remains the same.
Development And Engineering Services Director Jonathan Jobe said changing the meeting day is a convenience to citizens with business before the Planning Commission. Issues that must go from the Planning Commission to The Cleveland City Council can be dealt with in a more timely manner, he said.
Meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month often does not allow enough time for the legally-required 15-day public notification period for zoning amendments or changes, said City Planner Corey Divel.
By meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, the 15-day notification period can be met before the first City Council meeting of the following month. The City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month except December when it routinely meets only the second Monday.
Changing the Planning Commission meeting day makes the process more predictable for the public, Mr. Divel said.
Likewise there is no regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting in December.