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Published on Oct 7, 2013

The Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission hearings are open to the public. If you'd like to make a comment to the commission about a related topic or a specific project, watch this video to find out what to expect.

LINKS:
Planning Commission: http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx...
Historic Preservation Commission: http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx...


TEXT:
We're on the 4th floor of the City Hall and this is the room where the Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission meet.

The Planning Commission creates policies, approves or denies land use projects and they also make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on legislation.

The Historic Preservation Commission makes rulings on properties that are considered historic resources. They also make recommendations to legislation that relates to historic preservation.

Getting to City Hall is easy. Located by the Civic Center BART and Muni stations, City Hall is also served by a number of Muni bus routes.

Commission hearings are open to the public so you come on in and take part in local government.

You can come in, sit and watch a hearing, also make a comment to the commission, and also make a comment about a specific project.

Now first things first, when you're here at the hearing, you grab an agenda which is available on-site and online.

If you'd like to make a general comment or if you'd like to make a comments about a specific project, what you would do is go up to the dias and fill out a Speaker Card. Once you've filled out this Speaker Card, you put it into the box and wait for your name to be called.

You'll typically have up to three minutes to make your comment. Now when you're up here on the dias, you'll have a couple of tools available to use, an overhead projector and a laptop.

When you're addressing the Commissioner, typically what you would say is 'Commissioner' and then their last name. For example, 'Commissioner Borden'.

When you hear a soft chime, that means you have 30 seconds to wrap up. Then you'll hear a louder chime, and that means your time is up.

Not a lot people take time to participate, so you should be proud of taking an active part in matters that affect our city.

Hearings are also streaming live at sfgovtv.org, and it's also live on TV on Channel 78, and again Fridays at 8 p.m. on Channel 26.

City Hall is completely accessible to individuals with disabilities. We also provide interpretation services.

If you need assistance, an ADA-assistive device or interpretation, please call us 48 hours before a hearing so we can set it up.

To learn more about the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission hearings, visit us online at sfplanning.org

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