The Planning Commission assists the City Council in developing policies for land use, zoning, and the City’s General and Specific Plans. Under state law, the Commission also has decision-making authority for a variety of development applications.

In addition to recommending broad development policies to the City Council, the Commission reviews all development applications to ensure they conform to the City’s General Plan. On applications for the subdivision of land, the Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Council. However, the Commission has final authority over a variety of discretionary development applications as prescribed by State law, including conditional use permits, variances from the zoning regulations, and environmental assessment of such applications. These Planning Commission rulings may be appealed to the City Council. The Commission also sits as the review panel for various state and federally mandated documents.

Each of the five Planning Commissioners must be a resident of Pico Rivera. Each City Council member appoints one Commissioner, whom the City Council shall confirm. Commission members serve a two-year term.

The Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.  Meetings are open to the public.

The purpose of the Planning Commission is:

  • To develop and maintain a general plan
  • To develop such specific plans as may be necessary or desirable
  • To periodically review the improvement program of the City
  • To perform such other functions as authorized by the City Council and provided by law.

As provided in Section 65101 of the Government Code, the Planning Commission shall perform the following additional functions as an advisory agency to the City Council, to the extent that such functions may be related to local planning:

  •  Building and Safety
    • Study and review building and safety laws and current legislation as same may be related to City Ordinances
    •  Recommend to the City Council methods of implementation of building and safety requirements.
  • Traffic and Circulation
    • Study and review ways and means to improve general traffic and circulation conditions, and periodically report to the Council
    • Review and report to the City Council all Southern California Rapid Transit District, Cal-Trans, and Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) reports and/or proposals regarding transportation, as they may relate to the City
  • Environment
    • Review and report to the City Council on new legislation relating to the California Environmental Quality Act and the implementation thereof
    • Study and review land use as related to ecological control
  • City Beautification
    • Make recommendations to the City Council on community beautification, including capital improvement projects in the civic center area, main entrances to the City, and parks

Current Commission Members

  • Vacant
  • Tommy Elisaldez
  • Esther Celiz
  • Aric Martinez
  • Robert Martinez

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