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Program Description

The Planning Commission meets on the first, second and third Thursdays of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street, preceded by a 12:00 p.m. lunch meeting in Conference Room 15, City Hall, on the first and third Thursdays of the month, except as noted on the Planning Commission Meeting Schedule. The Commission also meets on Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m. at 630 Garden Street for site visits to projects.


The development of the City Planning Commission, formed in 1923, was mainly an outgrowth of the activities of the Plans and Planning Committee, a citizens group. The 1925 earthquake destroyed many structures, and the extensive rebuilding that followed offered the Commission a fresh opportunity for instituting a planning process for the future growth of the City.

The first building and zoning ordinances were adopted in 1923 and 1925, and the City's first comprehensive General Plan in 1964. The Commission now sends representatives to other City Boards and Commissions.