Planning Commission

Regular Meetings:
Carmel-by-the-Sea's Planning Commission Meetings are open to the public. Regular meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located on the east side of Monte Verde Street between Ocean and Seventh Avenues.

Tour of Inspection:
Held at 3:15 p.m. the day of the meeting at the site of the first item on the Tour Agenda.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Authority:
The Planning Commission as the designated planning agency of the City shall have the following power and responsibilities:

  1.          To develop and maintain a General Plan.
  2.          To develop specific plans, master plans and area plans as may be necessary or desirable.
  3.          To periodically, at least once each fiscal year, review the capital improvement program of the City.
  4.          To determine the consistency of capital improvements projects and programs with the General Plan.
  5.          To prepare an annual report to the City Council on the status of the General Plan and progress in its application.
  6.          To interpret the meaning and intent of the City’s land use code.
  7.          To hear and render decisions on appeals of discretionary decisions made by administrative officials.
  8.          To review environmental impact reports and initial studies.
  9.          To conduct public hearings, review evidence and determine requests for use permits, variances, lot line adjustments, subdivisions, rezones and land use code amendments.
  10.          To act on design review and design study applications.
  11.          To act on Coastal Development permits and applications.
  12.          To review the water management plan annually. (Ord. 2009-07 Att. A, 2009; Ord. 2004-02 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2004-01 § 1, 2004).

Current Planning Commissioners:

Don Goodhue, Chair
Michael LePage, Vice Chair
Gail Lehman
Stephanie Locke
Julie Wendt

Carmel-by-the-Sea Planning Commission Agendas & Minutes