Planning Commission

Regular Meetings

  • 6 pm
  • 4th Tuesday of each month (note: schedule subject to change, please confirm with staff)
  • City Hall
    970 E Ventura Street
    City Council Chambers
    Santa Paula, CA 93060

Virtual Public Comment Card

Any individual who wishes to submit a public comment may do so prior to the meeting by using the virtual public comment card (Link). Comments may also be made in person at the meeting. Individuals who wish to speak at a meeting should obtain a comment card either at the entrance of the council chambers upon arrival or from the clerk. Comment cards should be completed and returned to the clerk  as soon as possible. Any individual submitting documents for review by the Planning Commission or for admission into the administrative record is encouraged to do so as early as possible to allow sufficient time for review prior to the meeting.

Confirm Meeting Dates

Planning Commission meetings may be cancelled periodically due to the lack of business items. Please call the Planning Division at 805-933-4214 in advance to confirm meeting dates.

Agendas & Minutes

Meeting agendas are posted at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting on the city website and on the bulletin board in front of City Hall. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Membership & Terms

The Planning Commission is comprised of five residents of Santa Paula who are appointed by the City Council and serve four-year terms.


  • Elyssa Vasquez, Chairperson
    Date Appointed: October 2018
    Term Expires: October 2022
  • Gail ’Ike’ Ikerd, Vice Chairperson
    Date Appointed: June 2019
    Term Expires: June 2023
  • Aaron Dunkel, Commissioner
    Date Appointed: May 2019
    Term Expires: May 2021
  • Derek Fouarge, Commissioner
    Date Appointed: September 2019
    Term Expires: September 2023
  • Jason Herber, Commissioner
    Date Appointed: October 2018
    Term Expires: October 2022

Duties & Functions

The commission conducts public hearings, renders decisions and makes recommendations to the City Council on all significant development proposals and land use and development matters, including:

  • Design and improvement of subdivisions
  • General plan amendments
  • Ordinances
  • Other zoning, land use, or environmental policy issues

Historic Preservation Commission

The Commission also functions as the as the Historic Preservation Commission and appeal body for decisions of the Director.

Department Support

Community Development staff supports both Commission and Council proceedings on land use matters by:

  • Developing environmental and procedural documentation as required under state planning and zoning, subdivision and California Environmental Quality Act laws for all entitlements and land use related actions
  • Preparing staff reports and specific recommendations
  • Scheduling and advertising public hearings

Community Development staff also supports Council proceedings on appeals of Commission actions.

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