Purpose:  The Planning Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council on land use policy planning matters, which guide the future development of the City. The Planning Commission has final approval authority on certain cases and recommends action to the City Council on others. Areas of focus include:

  • Conducting a detailed review of all types of development projects and individual land use requests, such as subdivision maps, specific plans, conditional use permits, planned developments, and appeals of administrative approvals, as well as others
  • Assisting the Council in the formulation of policies and ordinances that implement the General Plan, such as amendments to the Zoning Code, the adoption of new code sections, changes to the existing zoning text and maps, etc.

Public Comment: To submit comments in writing, please do so at the following link: https://www.escondido.org/public-comment-form.aspx . If you would like to have the comment read out loud at the meeting (not to exceed three minutes), please write “Read Out Loud” in the subject line. All comments received from the public will be made a part of the record of the meeting.  Please do not send emails directly to Planning Commissioners.

Planning Commission By-Laws were enacted in October 2018 to provide a framework for its operation and management.  

Membership: Seven members (List of board members) Updated 10/27/2020                       
Meeting Schedule: Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month, 7 p.m.                                         
Length of Term:

Four years                                                                                                        

Responsible Department: Planning Division, Community Development Department                                  
Qualifications/Conditions/  Training:   

Four members must reside within the City limits. Three members may reside within the geographical boundaries of the General Plan. Members should include licensed design professionals; certification may be required. City staff provides an initial orientation and ethics training in accordance with state law. 


$100.00 per meeting                                                                                         

Financial Disclosure: Must submit conflict of interest statements                                                          








Meeting Broadcasts:  

Click Here  (As of June 8, 2021, Planning Commission meetings are once again being held in-person and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. As such, meetings are no longer broadcast.  Audio recordings are available at the link provided above.)

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Escondido Planning Commission Members are appointed officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the Escondido City Clerk's office. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above appointed officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the Escondido City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the Escondido City Clerk's office is 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at www.fppc.ca.gov

Contact Information

The Planning Division is the coordinating division for the Planning Commission. For information, call 760-839-4671Contact Us . . .

Adam Finestone, Secretary


Katharine Barba, Chair

Ingrid Rainey, Vice-Chair

Dao Doan, Commissioner

Rick Paul, Commissioner

Herminia Ramirez, Commissioner

Nathan Serrato, Commissioner

Stan Weiler, Commissioner