Planning Commission

The City of Yorba Linda Planning Commission is the decision-making authority on applications for various types of land use and zoning matters. The five member commission is appointed by the City Council and reviews everything from site plan and subdivision map approvals to rezoning and annexation requests. In addition, the Commission works to modify and update the City's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and recommend changes to the City Council.

The purpose of the Planning Commission is to insure that any new building, signage, right-of-way, or other proposal serves the best interest of the community at large and the zoning district in which it will be built. The commission strives to ensure that all citizens' health, safety, and rights are considered in any proposal or dispute.

Members of the Planning Commission come from both the private and public sectors of the community and all bring an expertise to the commission, whether it be in urban planning, architectural or landscape architectural design, citizen concerns, business needs, or engineering feasibility. The Planning Commission regularly meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to hear zoning matters and rule on applicant requests. These hearings are open to the public and begin at 6:30 P.M. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 4845 Casa Loma Avenue.

For more information about the Planning Commission's function or to receive a hearing agenda or minutes, contact the Planning Division, located at 4845 Casa Loma Avenue, 7:30am-5:30pm Monday-Thursday and 8:00am-5:00pm on alternate Fridays, or call us at (714) 961-7130.

State law requires every city to have a Planning Commission. In Yorba Linda, the five members of the Planning Commission are appointed by the City Council. These individuals advise the City Council on matters concerning the growth and development of the City.

They review and implement the City's General Plan and make determinations on applications for things like subdivisions, use permits, conditional use permits, and other zoning matters.


Audio/Visual Presentations: To allow meetings to progress smoothly and limit the City’s exposure to technological viruses and liability, all audio/visual presentations (including PowerPoints) must be delivered to the Recording Secretary’sOffice by 12:00 p.m. (noon) the day before the meeting.  It is the responsibility of presenters to confirm the Recording Secretary’s Office received their presentations.  In addition, presenters should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the meeting to check in with City staff regarding their presentations and should deliver at least eight (8) hard copies of their presentation to the Recording Secretary’s Office before the meeting so they may be distributed to the members of the Commission or Committee.  A standard fee will be charged to the presenter should the Recording Secretary need to make the copies.  Failure to comply with this policy may result in a presenter not being permitted to use City equipment to show his or her audio/visual presentation.  Presenters may still speak without the aid of electronic visuals.


The current members of the Planning Commission are:

Karalee Watson, Chairwoman

Robert Pease, Chair Pro Tem             

Robert Lyons, Commissioner              

J Minton Brown, Commissioner          

Daniel Mole, Commissioner                


Click here to view the agenda for upcoming meetings. (All documents are in PDF format)