Chapter 2.03


2.03.010    Planning commission established.

2.03.020    Terms of members.

2.03.030    Removal of members – Vacancies.

2.03.040    Chair.

2.03.050    Meetings.

2.03.060    Secretary.

2.03.070    Powers and duties.

2.03.010 Planning commission established.

A Planning Commission is hereby established pursuant to Cal. Gov’t Code § 65101. The Planning Commission shall consist of seven (7) members who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council, and shall serve at the pleasure of the City Council. Members shall be residents of the City. [Ord. 03-006.]

2.03.020 Terms of members.

The term of office of all members shall be for four (4) years, except that no member shall serve for more than two (2) consecutive four (4) year terms. In the event a member of the Planning Commission is appointed to fill an unexpired term of a member, the member may serve the remainder of the unexpired term to which he or she was appointed, and in addition thereto, if reappointed by the Mayor, then serve two (2) full four (4) year terms. [Ord. 03-006.]

2.03.030 Removal of members – Vacancies.

Any member of the Planning Commission may be removed from the Commission prior to the expiration of his or her term, upon motion by the Mayor and a majority vote of the City Council. If a vacancy shall occur other than by expiration of a term, it shall be filled by appointment of the City Council for the unexpired portion of the term. [Ord. 03-006; Ord. 19-016 § 1.]

2.03.040 Chair.

The Planning Commission shall elect one (1) of its appointed members as Chair, who shall hold office for one (1) year, and until his or her successor is elected, unless his or her term as a member of the Commission expires.

The Commission shall hold an election for the purpose of electing a Chair during the month of July of each year. [Ord. 03-006.]

2.03.050 Meetings.

The Planning Commission shall meet in accordance with the provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act. It shall establish a regular place of meeting and shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting each month. Special meetings of the Commission may be called in accordance with the Ralph M. Brown Act. [Ord. 03-006.]

2.03.060 Secretary.

The City Clerk, or his or her designee, shall act as a secretary of the Planning Commission. [Ord. 03-006.]

2.03.070 Powers and duties.

The powers and duties of the City Planning Commission shall be as follows:

A. To hold hearings on all zoning matters as prescribed in the zoning ordinance.

B. To conduct such other hearings as are provided by law and in accordance with its own rules and regulations.

C. To report its decisions and recommendations in writing to the City Council.

D. To consider, formulate and propose surveys, maps and plans designed to provide for, regulate and direct the future growth, development and beautification of the City in order to secure to the City and its inhabitants better sanitation, adequate and suitable parks and open spaces, harbor development, better transportation facilities, improved public service of all kinds, proper location of public buildings, and to secure a permanent and comprehensive plan for the most economic, healthful and harmonious growth of the City.

E. To prepare and recommend the adoption of a comprehensive long-term General Plan for the physical development of the City as such plans are defined in “the Planning and Zoning Law” of the State.

F. To make any and all recommendations to the City Council relating to the above matters, including changes or amendments to the General Plan and the zoning ordinance or any portion thereof.

G. The Commission shall be charged with such additional or further duties as may from time to time be prescribed by ordinance. [Ord. 03-006.]