Planning Commission

Overview and Mission Statement

Pursuant to the city’s Development Code, certain development applications are reviewed and decided upon by the city’s Planning Commission. The Planning Commission was established through the adoption of Ordinance Number 80 (PDF) on December 2, 1975, which was most recently amended through Ordinance No. 550 (PDF) on November 19, 2013.

By ordinance, the seven member Planning Commission makes decisions on specific private land use planning applications such as subdivision maps, variances, and conditional use permits; reviews environmental assessments, such as Environmental Impact Reports and Negative Declarations; makes decisions on view restoration permits; and considers appeals of staff decisions on land use planning applications.

Commission Members

The Planning Commission is made up of 7 city residents appointed by the City Council for staggered 2- or 4-year terms. The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the Hesse Park Community Room, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard.  Click here to view the Agenda and Minutes.
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Commission Member Term Limits

Name Term
VACANT 03/04/2014 12/05/2017    
Dave Emenhiser 03/04/2014 12/05/2017 02/11/2010 Dec. 2021
David Bradley 02/16/2016 12/03/2019 02/16/2016 Dec. 2023
William J. James, VICE CHAIR 03/04/2014 12/05/2017 03/04/2014 Dec. 2021
Gordon Leon 03/04/2014 12/05/2017 02/11/2010 Dec. 2021
Robert A. Nelson
Phone: 310-544-4632
02/16/2016 12/03/2019 02/21/2012 Dec. 2023
David Tomblin 02/16/2016 12/03/2019 01/16/2008 Dec. 2023
Term Limits
Term limits apply to those Planning Commissioners appointed after November 19, 2013, per Ordinance No. 550 (PDF).