The Planning Commission is an advisory body to the City Council which is responsible for directing the short and long range growth and development of the City through maintenance and implementation of the City’s General Plan and associated specific plans. It is composed of five Commissioners appointed upon the basis of three affirmative votes of members of the City Council, based on nominations from members of the City Council. Commissioners must be residents of the City of San Dimas.
By Council policy a Commissioner may not serve concurrently on more than one Commission or Board. Commissioners receive a stipend of $50.00 for each meeting they attend, usually two meetings per month. City Councilmembers may not serve as members of the Commission.
In order to implement the General Plan, the Planning Commission is empowered to administer the City’s zoning laws, ordinances, rules and regulations which:
* Regulate the use and appearance of buildings, structures and land.
* Regulate signs and billboards.
* Regulate location, height, bulk, number of stores and size of buildings and structures; the size and use of lots, yards, courts and other open spaces; the percentage of a lot which may be occupied by a building or structure; the intensity of land use.
* Establish requirements for off-street parking and loading.
* Establish and maintain building setback lines.
The Planning Commission also reviews environmental documents and capital improvement programs.
A Planning Commissioner’s primary job is to make land use decisions that are consistent with the policies and plans formally adopted by the City Council. Therefore, the first priority of a Planning Commissioner must be to develop decision-making skills and knowledge of City policies. It is not critical to have training in fields such as planning, architecture, law, civil engineering, geology, economics, or demography. These are skills that are available to the Commissioner from staff, consultants, and the applicant. The Commissioner’s job is to weigh the professional input given in staff reports, environmental impact reports, and consultant reports. A Commissioner is much like a judge, who is trained to render a legal decision based on the testimony of experts and others who appear as witnesses in a trial.
Meets on the first and third Thursday evening of each month at 7:00 P.M. (unless otherwise announced and publicly noticed) in the City Council Chambers of San Dimas City Hall at 245 East Bonita Avenue.