City Council

Palo Alto’s City Council is composed of nine elected councilmembers, including the Mayor and Vice Mayor of Palo Alto. The terms of the Mayor and Vice Mayor are for one year, while Council terms are four years. The City Council meets on the first three Mondays of each month to discuss and formally vote on proposed policies, actions, and developments that are relevant to the entire Palo Alto community. Meetings are held in City Hall at 250 Hamilton Avenue.

In 2016, the City Council prioritized completion of the Comprehensive Plan. Supported by the work and recommendations of the Citizens Advisory Committee, Council reviews and votes on each component of the Comprehensive Plan Update. All of the policies and programs that are included in the completed Comprehensive Plan will have received a majority City Council vote.

Date Element or Topic Agenda Item Meeting Materials
May 22, 2017
(City Council)
Business & Economics Element Comprehensive Plan Update: Review of the Draft Business & Economics Element Recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee
May 15, 2017
(City Council)
Natural Environment, Safety, and Business & Economics Elements Comprehensive Plan Update: Review of the Draft Natural Environment, Safety, and Business & Economics Elements Recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee
May 8, 2017
(Special Meeting)
Joint Study Session of the City Council and Planning and Transportation Commission Discuss issues of interest within the purview of the Commission
May 1, 2017
(City Council)
Land Use & Community Design; Transportation Review & Direction Regarding the Revised Draft Land Use & Community Design Element and the Revised Draft Transportation Element
March 20, 2017
(City Council)
Supplement to the DEIR; Preferred Planning Scenario; Comp Plan Organization Public Hearing on the Supplement to the DEIR;
Discussion & Direction re: Preferred Planning Scenario; Discussion & Direction re: Organization of Comp Plan
January 30, 2017
(City Council)
Land Use & Community Design; Transportation Review & Direction Regarding the Draft Land Use & Community Design Element and the Revised Draft Transportation Element
November 28, 2016
(City Council)
Land Use & Community Design Review of the Draft Land Use & Community Design Element of the Comprehensive Plan Update Recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee
September 19, 2016
(City Council)
Transportation Review of the Draft Transportation Element Prepared by the Comprehensive Plan Update Community Advisory Committee (cont. from August 15, 2016)
August 15, 2016
(City Council)
Transportation Review of the Draft Transportation Element Prepared by the Comprehensive Plan Update Community Advisory Committee
June 6, 2016
(City Council)
EIR Request for City Council and Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and Fiscal Study Prepared for the Comprehensive Plan Update
May 16, 2016
(City Council)
EIR Direction on the Fifth Scenario Proposed for Analysis in the Comprehensive Plan Update Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
February 8, 2016
(City Council)
Community Services and Facilities Review and Discussion Regarding the Draft Community Services and Facilities Element Recommended by the Comprehensive Plan Update Citizens Advisory Commission (CAC)
January 19, 2016
(City Council)
EIR Joint Session with the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Comprehensive Plan Update: Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan Update Draft Environmental Impact Report & Review of Next Steps in the Planning Process
December 9, 2015
(City Council)
Goals and Vision Discussion on Goals and Vision Statements of Natural Environment, Safety and Business Element
November 2, 2015
(City Council)
Goals and Vision Discussion on Comp Plan Structure and Land Use Element
October 5, 2015
(City Council)
Goals and Vision Discussion on Direction to Staff on CAC and Review of Community Service and Land Use Elements
August 31, 2015
(City Council)
Goals and Vision The Structure of Goals and Vision Statements in each Element
April 27, 2015
(City Council)
Goals and Vision Planning Process Status and Review of Existing Comprehensive Plan Goals and Vision Statements
March 16, 2015
(City Council)
Goals and Vision Status and Discussion of Existing Comprehensive Plan Themes and Structure
August 6, 2014
(City Council)
Goals and Vision Scoping Session (cont. from August 4, 2014)
August 4, 2014
(City Council)
Goals and Vision Scoping Session
May 12, 2010
(City Council)
Goals and Vision Joint City Council/Planning & Transportation Commission Review and Direction Regarding the Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Housing Element Update
February 24, 2010
(City Council)
Goals and Vision Joint Study Session with City Council/Planning & Transportation Commission