Planning Commission

The Bradbury Planning Commission is a five-member volunteer citizen body.  The Planning Commission conducts public hearings and makes decisions and/or recommendations on a variety of land use applications, including use permits, variances, General Plan amendments, zone changes and subdivision maps.  The Planning Commission is responsible for the City’s long-range planning, and reviews and studies other such land use and planning issues as assigned by the City Council. The Planning Commission meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

District Two Bill Novodor- Chairperson
District Four Susan Esparza - Vice-Chairperson
District One Frank Hernandez - Commissioner
District Three Darlene Kuba - Commissioner
District Five
Karen Dunst - Commissioner

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Planning Commission fall into two broad categories:

  1. Consideration of current land use issues (i.e. applications for Development, General Plan amendment, zone changes, specific plans, conditional use permits, parcel maps, lot line adjustments, tract maps, variances, and appeals of staff land use decisions); and,
  2. Advising the City Council on City-initiated amendments to the General Plan.

According to the Government Code, the legislative body of each county and city must establish a planning agency by ordinance.  The powers and duties of the Planning Commission are set forth in state law and are described below:

The Planning Commission may approve or deny the following:

  1. Conditional use permits.
  2. Variances.
  3. Appeals of staff actions (such as minor exception and special use and development permits).
  4. Tentative Parcel maps.

The Commission may not approve, but may make recommendations for approval or denial of the following:

  1. Tentative Tract maps.
  2. Amendments to the General Plan.
  3. Specific plans and amendments to them.

Qualifications

Members of the Commission must have a willingness and dedication to commit both time and personal energy to the Planning Commission as well as have an interest in comprehensive community planning, zoning and subdivision of land, and the protection of the environment.  A desire to assist in implementing the City of Bradbury’s land use policies, including the General Plan, Subdivision Ordinances, Zoning Ordinances and environmental policy, for the purpose of protecting the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City is required.  Commissioners must have a willingness to encourage and accept input from citizens, organizations and those directly affected by land use related actions made by the Commission.  Lastly, Commissioners must have the ability to maintain an objective approach to community development issues in order to promote the highest quality of life possible for the residents of Bradbury.

Terms

Commissioners are appointed for two-year terms and can be reappointed for additional consecutive terms. The City currently has no term limits, however any member of the Planning Commission shall be subject to removal at any time, with or without cause, by motion of the City Council adopted by at least three affirmative votes (BMC Article II Chapter 4 Section 2417).

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