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Planning Commission

The Planning Commission (PC) consists of five members and an alternate who are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the City Council. Commissioners are:

Commissioner Name


Appointed On

Term Expires

Appointed By

Dirk Voss


January 19, 2016

January 2018

Scott Matas

Peter De la Torre


January 19, 2016

January 2018

Russell Betts

Jan Pye


September 5, 2017

January 2018

Anayeli Zavala

Cathy Romero


January 19, 2016

January 2018

Yvonne Parks

Larry Buchanan


February 7, 2017

January 2018

Joe McKee

Regularly scheduled meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Carl May Center, 11-711 West Drive in Desert Hot Springs. Please confirm specific meeting dates by checking the city calendar.

The city's success is linked to its ability to plan for the future. As such, the Planning Commission plays a vital role. The commission’s responsibilities include:

  • ongoing evaluation of the City's building codes and ordinances;

  • continual update of the City’s General Plan;

  • general oversight of zoning review and variances.

If you would like to be considered for an appointment to the Planning Commission, please download the Commission Application.

NOTE: This is a pdf form that requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The Planning Commission consists of five (5) members, appointed by one member of the City Council, and ratified by a majority vote of the City Council. Members are appointed for two-year terms. Appointments are made at the second regular City Council meeting in January following each regular election year (odd numbered years). Vacancies are filled by appointment for the unexpired term of the member replaced. (Desert Hot Springs Municipal Code Chapter 2.24)

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