Chapter 2.46
PLANNING COMMISSION

Sections:

2.46.010    Commission established.

2.46.020    Creation of Planning Commission districts.

2.46.030    Composition and appointment of Commissioners.

2.46.040    Terms of office – Vacancies.

2.46.050    Compensation of members.

2.46.060    Organization.

2.46.070    Meetings – Time and place.

2.46.080    Notification of unexcused absences.

2.46.090    Duties of the Commission.

2.46.010 Commission established.

The Planning Commission of the City of Palmdale is established pursuant to Government Code Section 65100 et seq. (Ord. 1236 § 2, 2004)

2.46.020 Creation of Planning Commission districts.

The boundaries of the Planning Commission districts shall be congruent with the boundaries of the electoral districts of the City Council as identified in PMC 4.10.010. The Planning Commission districts shall use the same numerical designations as the electoral districts of the City Council. (Ord. 1484 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1236 § 2, 2004)

2.46.030 Composition and appointment of Commissioners.

(A) The Planning Commission shall consist of five commissioners, four of whom shall be appointed from Planning Commission districts and one who shall be appointed at large. All Commissioners shall be voting members of the Planning Commission. No Commissioner shall be a member of the City Council. The four district Commissioners must be residents of the districts from which they are appointed. If a district Commissioner ceases to be a resident of the district from which he or she is appointed, that Commissioner’s appointment will automatically terminate. The at-large Commissioner must be a resident of the City. If the at-large Commissioner ceases to be a resident of the City, that Commissioner’s appointment will automatically terminate. Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the City Council and may be removed prior to the expiration of their term by a vote of a majority of the members of the City Council.

(B) The Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, shall appoint the at-large Planning Commissioner as follows:

(1) The at-large Planning Commissioner position shall be advertised, seeking volunteers willing and desiring to be appointed to the Planning Commission. Any person seeking to be so appointed must complete and submit the City volunteer application, together with any other information requested by the Mayor.

(2) All such applications shall be provided to the City Council for review. The Mayor shall, at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting, nominate, from among such applicants, the person whom the Mayor desires to appoint to the Planning Commission.

(3) If the nomination by the Mayor is approved by a majority vote of the City Council, the Mayor may then proceed to appoint the person to the Planning Commission.

(4) If the nomination by the Mayor is not approved by a majority vote of the City Council, the Mayor will nominate a different candidate until someone is approved by majority vote of the City Council.

(C) A City Councilmember, with the approval of the City Council, shall appoint the Planning Commissioner for their corresponding district as follows:

(1) The district Planning Commissioner position shall be advertised, seeking volunteers willing and desiring to be appointed to the Planning Commission. Any person seeking to be so appointed must complete and submit the City volunteer application, together with any other information requested by the Councilmember.

(2) All such applications shall be provided to the City Council for review. The City Councilmember for the corresponding district shall, at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting, nominate, from among such applicants, the person whom the city councilmember desires to appoint to the Planning Commission.

(3) If the nomination by the City Councilmember is approved by a majority vote of the City Council, the City Councilmember may then proceed to appoint the person to the Planning Commission.

(4) If the nomination by the City Councilmember is not approved by a majority vote of the City Council, the City Councilmember will nominate a different candidate until someone is approved by majority vote of the City Council. (Ord. 1505 § 1, 2017; Ord. 1357 § 6, 2008; Ord. 1236 § 2, 2004)

2.46.040 Terms of office – Vacancies.

(A) The terms for districts 1, 2 and 4 expire on June 30th of every even-numbered year. The terms for district 3 and the at large commissioner expire on June 30th of every odd-numbered year. Notwithstanding the foregoing, all Commissioners will hold office until their successors are qualified and take office.

(B) All vacancies will be filled in accordance with PMC 2.46.030 to fill the unexpired term of the vacated seat. (Ord. 1505 § 2, 2017; Ord. 1484 § 2, 2016; Ord. 1357 § 7, 2008; Ord. 1236 § 2, 2004)

2.46.050 Compensation of members.

Planning Commissioners shall be compensated at a rate set by resolution of the City Council. (Ord. 1236 § 2, 2004)

2.46.060 Organization.

The members of the Planning Commission will select a chairperson and vice chairperson each of whom will serve for a term of one year. (Ord. 1236 § 2, 2004)

2.46.070 Meetings – Time and place.

Meetings of the Planning Commission shall be held on such days and at such time and location as may be established by the Commission for conduct of its business and ratified by the City Council. Notice of the meetings must be given as required by law and the Ralph M. Brown Act is applicable to all meetings of the Commission. (Ord. 1236 § 2, 2004)

2.46.080 Notification of unexcused absences.

If any Commissioner has three consecutive unexcused absences from regular meetings of the Commission, the chairperson must give written notice of those absences to the City Council. (Ord. 1236 § 2, 2004)

2.46.090 Duties of the Commission.

The Commission will discharge the duties and responsibilities set forth in zoning ordinance Section 12.01 and in Government Code Section 65100 et seq. (Ord. 1236 § 2, 2004)