CORONAVIRUS UPDATE Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Read on …

Planning Commission

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Commissioners Term Expiration
Derek Lazzaro, Chair June 30, 2020
Stuart Criley, Vice-Chair June 30, 2020
Wendy Walker June 30, 2020
Jim Roos June 30, 2021
Bob Wade June 30, 2021


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.

Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Acrobat Reader Download Acrobat Reader Flash Player Download Flash Player Windows Media Player Download Windows Media Player Microsoft Silverlight Download Microsoft Silverlight Word Viewer Download Word Viewer Excel Viewer Download Excel Viewer PowerPoint Viewer Download PowerPoint Viewer