Plan Commission

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The seven member Plan Commission consists of the two City Councilmembers and five citizens. The Plan Commission is established by State Statutes and reviews items referred from the City Council relating to planning, zoning, and physical development. The commission also prepares and adopts the City's Comprehensive Plan or Master Plan. Except holidays, the Janesville Plan Commission meets the first and third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers on the fourth floor of City Hall (18 N. Jackson Street). The public is welcome to attend.

Plan Commission Meetings

Except holidays, the Janesville Plan Commission meets the first and third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Their meetings are held in the Council Chambers on the fourth floor of City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.


At least four members of the seven-member Commission must be present to make up a quorum. A printed agenda lists the Commission's business. The Commission proceeds item by item down the agenda with each item listed read by the Chairperson, followed by a presentation by the Planning Director or members of the staff. As Commission consideration of each item ends, the Commission votes to approve; reject; refer for further study; continue until a later meeting; table; or take other action on the item.

Public Speakers

Anyone may speak on matters of city interest at Commission meetings. No pre-registration is required. During public hearings on a particular subject, the Commission Chair will invite anyone who wishes to speak to the Commission to step forward to the podium and give their name and address and any comments they have relating to the subject being considered.

Desirable Characteristics and Qualifications for Committee Members (per staff liaison)

  • Ability to interpret and reference standards, ordinances, and statutes.
  • Ability to construct conditions of approval necessary to meet applicable requirements.
  • Open-mindedness.
  • Ability to weigh competing individual and community interests.
  • Ability to deliberate within a group setting.
  • Ability to read and envision two-dimensional plan sets and drawings.
  • Ability to maintain awareness of community needs and goals as set forth by City plans and ordinances.
  • Applicants from legal, financial, insurance, real estate, lending, engineering, business owner/management, medical, building, contracting, education, architecture, and public administration fields are desirable.
Number of Members  7 Members:
Council Members (2)
Citizen Members (5)

George Brunner

Steve Knox

Andrew Udell

Kathy Voskuil

Carl Weber

Rich Gruber, Councilmember 

Doug Marklein, Councilmember

Term of Office Council Members (1 year)
Citizen Members (3 years)
Commencement of Term First Monday of May each year 
Appointment by Whom Council Members by Council President
Citizen Members by City Manager 
Approval or Confirmation by No confirmation
Residency Requirements of Citizen Members  Charter Ordinance 2.48.020 requires residency of members. 
Duties and Responsibilities WI State Statute 62.23(2) and other statutory duties related to planning and zoning.
To What Authority Do They Report City Council
When Meetings are Held First and third Monday of each month when Council does not meet, and on call
Who Calls Meetings Chair
Responsibility for Minutes Planning Division Staff/Secretary of Commission
Location of Filed Minutes Planning Division