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Help Shape the Future of Goleta by Serving on the Planning Commission

City of Goleta Now Accepting Applications for Planning Commissioner

Post Date:06/30/2020 2:12 PM

The City of Goleta has two vacancies on its five-member Planning Commission.  The City is accepting applications and is ideally looking for applicants who care about their community and its future, are good listeners, have patience and are interested in land use issues.  The goal of a Planning Commissioner is to balance the public good with private rights and interests.  The work is challenging, enlightening, interesting and impactful. This person will learn a lot and have the opportunity to work with a great team.

City of Goleta Planning & Environmental Review Director Peter Imhof said, “Serving on the Planning Commission is a great way to get involved in City government and have a meaningful, tangible, and lasting influence on the shape of our community, now and in the future.”  

Mayor Paula Perotte agreed that it is a special opportunity.  She said, “The Planning Commission plays an important role in our City which is still young. There is so much work to be done to carry out the vision laid out in the General Plan.”

Katie Maynard, current Planning Commissioner said, “I have served on Planning Commission since 2016. During that time, I have developed a much greater understanding of the issues that make a difference in the daily experiences of my neighbors and the community as a whole. I have learned how much the decisions we make can affect the environment, affordable housing, economic development, and the patterns of life in Goleta. I have been a part of an effort to create foundational documents such as our New Zoning Ordinance that sets the guidelines for planning and development moving forward.”

The Planning Commission sits as a decision-making body on land use issues for the City. The Planning Commission’s role is to review and take appropriate action on discretionary development applications and to make recommendations to the City Council regarding any proposed legislative actions, including the General Plan and its implementation, as required by law. 

Members are appointed to a four-year term. The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month starting at 6:00 p.m. Compensation is $100.00 per meeting. Applications are being accepted at until 5:00 p.m. on July 9, 2020. To be eligible, one must reside within City limits and be a qualified elector. Additional information can be provided by emailing

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