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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

Larry Buchanan


January 16, 2018

January 2020

Joe McKee

Scott De la Torre


January 16, 2018

January 2020

Russell Betts

Gary Gardner


February 6, 2018

January 2020

Yvonne Parks

James Nindel


April 17, 2018

January 2020

Scott Matas



January 2020

Anayeli Zavala

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 commissions 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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