Currently there is a vacancy at the Planning Commission due to a mid term resignation. Terms are two years, so the current opening is to fill the remainder of that term, from January 2020 through June 2020.
Last night, the Planning Commission met and voted on two resolutions relating to the Olivia Project, three separate three story high density rental apartments adjacent to the Post Office in our downtown. The first resolution was whether or not to recognize a CEQA exemption thereby bypassing an Environmental Impact Review. This passed 3-1 with Commissioner Frank Gavidia the lone nay vote. The second resolution was whether to grant concessions and waivers and approve the project. The vote for this resolution was 2-2 with Commissioner A.J. Chippero joining Commissioner Gavidia in voting nay.
As can be seen, the Planning Commission plays a vital role in reviewing projects and land use matters in the city. If these issues are important to you, and you feel that you can add value to the Commission, then I encourage you to apply. More information can be found here: https://ci.clayton.ca.us/fc/agendas/planning/Press%20Release%202019%20November.pdf?_t=1573255683
The Planning Commission is comprised of 5 members appointed by the City Council, normally for two-year terms. The Planning Commission advises the City Council on land use matters, including General Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments. The Commission also makes decisions on project development, Site Plan Reviews, Use Permits, Subdivisions, and Variances. Planning Commission meetings are open to the public and its decisions can be appealed to the City Council.