Planning Commission

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.   
The Commission shall be composed of five Commissioners who shall be registered voters of the City,  and be appointed upon the basis of three affirmative votes of members of the City Council. Planning Commissioners are appointed to serve staggered two-year terms and receive a stipend of $50 per meeting. Commissioners cannot concurrently serve on two or more commissions. 


Meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm (unless otherwise announced and publicly noticed) in the Council Chambers of San Dimas City Hall at 245 East Bonita Avenue.


In order to implement the General Plan, the Planning Commission is empowered to administer the City’s zoning laws, ordinances, rules and regulations which: 

  1.  Regulate the use and appearance of buildings, structures and land.
  2. Regulate signs and billboards.
  3. 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.
  4. Establish requirements for off-street parking and loading.
  5. Establish and maintain building setback lines. 
The Planning Commission also reviews environmental documents and capital improvement programs. 

Desirable Qualifications: 

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.  

Suggested qualifications for a Planning Commissioner include: 

  1.  A willingness and ability to research and report on issues, programs and policies related to development issues.
  2. A willingness to attend night meetings on a regular basis.  Three (3) unexcused absences in one year are generally grounds for dismissal from the Commission.
  3. A willingness to assist in implementing projects as decided upon by the City Council.
  4. The ability to sustain harmonious working relationships with Commission members, the City Council, residents and the public.
  5. A willingness to attend extracurricular meeting and training seminars related to regional to regional planning issues.
  6. A willingness to make decisions based upon planning principles and what is best for the community as a whole. 
Annual Statement of Economic Interests:  Government Code Section 87200 of the Political Reform Act requires Planning Commissioners to file annual statements of economic interests that disclose reportable financial interests.  These statements are intended to alert the public and officials about financial interests that may require disqualification from governmental decisions because of a conflict of interest.  These statements are public documents. 

Planning Commissioners

Planning Commissioners are appointed to two year terms and are reappointed at the City Council’s discretion with no term limits.

David Bratt
Appointed: 08/23
Term Expires: 08/25

John Davis
Appointed 08/23
Term Expires 08/25

Margie Green
Appointed: 08/23
Term Expires: 08/25

Doran Barnes
Appointed: 08/23
Term Expires: 08/25
James Shirley
Appointed: 08/23
Term Expires: 08/25

*Contact Commissioners
San Dimas Planning Commission
c/o Development Services Department
245 E. Bonita Avenue
San Dimas, CA  91773
(909) 394-6250
Email Planning Commission Members
City Staff Liaison:
Luis Torrico, Director of Community Development

*Email communications to Commissioners are considered to be public documents and subject to disclosure.

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