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.

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 )
Meeting Schedule: Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month, 7:00 p.m.
Length of Term: Four years
Responsible Department: Planning Division, Community Development Department
Qualifications/Conditions:    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.
Compensation: $100.00 per meeting
Financial Disclosure: Must submit conflict of interest statements
Training: City staff provides an initial orientation and ethics training in accordance with state law.








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 760-839-4671.

Mike Strong, Secretary
James Spann, Chairman
Don Romo, Vice-Chair
Mike Cohen, Commissioner
Joe Garcia, Commissioner
James McNair, Commissioner
Mark Watson, Commissioner
Stan Weiler, Commissioner

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