The powers, duties and responsibilities of the Planning Commission are set forth in Ordinance No. 175, and in the laws of the State of California. The Planning Commission consists of five people, appointed by the members of the City Council, to serve two-year terms of office.
The Planning Commission sits as an advisory body to the City Council in establishing policies governing the growth and development of the City. The Commission is empowered to, and must, review all zoning applications and precise plans for development, conduct public hearings, and make final determinations on these in the form of recommendations to the City Council. The Planning Commission conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the City Council on matters such as adoption of the City's General Plan, changes in the City's Development Code and Development Standards, Environmental Impact Reports, Subdivision and Parcel Map applications, Conditional Use Permits and various other types of development applications. The Commission members are Bhavin Gandhi, Carla Gilhuys, Deepak "DJ" Jhaveri, Gloria Perlas Pulido and Milo "Larry" Sagert.
Regular meetings of the Planning Commission are held at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the City Hall Council Chambers.