Planning Commission

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Commissioners Term Expiration
Michael Thomas, Chair June 30, 2019
Winston Chang, Vice-Chair June 30, 2019
Derek Lazzaro June 30, 2020
Stuart Criley June 30, 2020
Wendy Walker June 30, 2020


Information for Members of the Planning Commission [pdf]
(A City Council policy document for members serving on the City Commission and Committees)


Much of Palos Verdes Estates’ unique charm is specifically derived from its street trees, ocean and hillside views, building architecture, dedicated open space, residential roadways, and dark skies. Neighborhood Compatibility of single-family homes in the City is also an integral and significant component of the City’s character. The function and service of the Planning Commission substantially contribute to these quality of life attributes that are enjoyed by residents.

In Palos Verdes Estates, the role of the Planning Commission is to enhance and preserve the community character through the review and approval of proposed development for consistency with the General Plan and to recommend zoning code modifications. Unless appealed, the Planning Commission has final authority on housing and commercial development projects, neighborhood compatibility applications, conditional use permits and variances. The Commission makes recommendations to the Council for pre-zoning and rezoning projects, tentative parcel and tract maps, annexations, General Plan amendments and zone text (municipal code) amendments.


Planning Commission Meetings  

The Planning Commission is comprised of five City residents appointed by the City Council. Commissioners serve for a two-year term and may be re-appointed for successive terms. Most Planning Commissioners are lay people without any previous land use experience. Commissioners generally learn and/or have knowledge of planning and zoning regulations, architecture, and/or construction, and are looked upon as mediators, facilitators, interpreters, researchers, and community builders.

The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, except when the meeting is canceled due to a lack of a quorum or agenda items.

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