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Elected Officials

The elected body (city council or county board of supervisors) is the primary policy-making entity responsible for setting the direction of the community’s government. The policy dimension of planning and zoning is substantial: It addresses how land in the community is to be used in the future. Councils and boards of supervisors are the key drivers of land use policy. Several activities of the elected body have an impact on community land use. Perhaps the three most important are: (1) adopting and amending plans and ordinances; (2) approving some types of development proposals; and (3) making appointments to boards, commissions and (in some communities) staff positions. Read more about Elected Officials