Planning Commission

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Advises the City Council on planning matters and implements planning policies adopted by the City Council. The Commission is required by State Law to take steps toward the development and adoption of the General Plan and to implement that Plan toward the orderly growth of the community.


Five members nominated by individual councilmembers, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The term is four years and/or coterminous with the nominating councilmember's term. Must be a City resident.

Meeting Schedule:

Regular meetings are scheduled on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  Study sessions are periodically held the Thursday following a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Development Department. 

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*Planning Commissioners are appointed officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the Statements of Economic Interests filed by the Planning Commissioners may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 110 E. Cook Street, Rm. 3, Santa Maria, CA 93454. The Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at