The Planning and Zoning Commission acts largely in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and, if requested by the board, shall make a report or recommendations in connection with any matter relating to the development of the county under the jurisdiction of the board. Frequently, the commission advises the board about the comprehensive plan and recommends courses of action for most rezoning requests and any other changes to the zoning regulations.
In Cochise County, the commission is also responsible for holding public hearings and determining the appropriateness of special uses, which is a quasi-judicial function. The Planning Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Board of Supervisors for four-year terms. Each supervisor appoints three members from the district they represent.