Planning Commission

The Planning Commission holds hearings and renders decisions on land use matters including environmental review, subdivisions, site plan and design review, and variances. The Commission conducts special studies concerning land use issues and makes recommendations to the City Council concerning conditional use permits, zoning ordinances and general plan amendments.

Planning Commission Vacancy

The City of Signal Hill has a vacancy for the Planning Commission to serve a three (3) year unexpired term through May 31, 2023. The recruitment will close on March 31, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. This is a part-time essential volunteer position with the City. The commissioners receive a stipend per meeting in recognition of their service.  

Minimum Qualifications

To serve as a Commissioner, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, a registered voter and resident of the City of Signal Hill at least 29 days prior to the date of appointment. Commission members shall continue to reside in the City for the duration of the term of office (Signal Hill City Charter Section 602).

Application and Interview Process

Commission interviews and appointments will be conducted during either the Regular City Council Meeting of April 14, 2020, or a Special City Council Meeting on April 22, 2020. Applicants will be notified no later than April 1, 2020. Learn more and submit an application on our Jobs page.


  • 7:00 pm
  • Third Tuesday of every month
  • City Hall Council Chamber
    2175 Cherry Ave.
    Signal Hill, CA 90755

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to commission meetings.

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Minutes are also available following approval.

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  • Perica Bell
  • Tom Benson
  • Victor Parker
  • Rose Richárd
  • Christopher Wilson


A Planning Commissioner receives $125 per meeting.

The Signal Hill Municipal Code Sections 2.32.090(D), 2.36.070(D), and 2.80.052(D) states that a commissioner who misses any regular commission meeting due to an unexcused absence, shall not be entitled to receive that portion of their regular monthly salary for such meeting, except that if any additional regular or special meeting is held that month and the commissioner attends such meeting, then the commissioner shall be entitled to their regular monthly salary, without deduction.


The Planning Commission is appointed by the City Council to provide advice, insight, and guidance on matters dealing with land use and development in the city. Commissioners serve four-year terms. The Commission makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and conditional use permits. The Commission also reviews and renders decisions on major development projects pursuant to the site plan, design review, and subdivision sections of the Municipal Code.

Commission Facts

Signal Hill Municipal Code Sections 2.32.040, 2.36.020, and 2.80.045 states that no person who holds office in the city government or who is employed by the City shall be appointed to a commission.

Commission seats are filled through an application process. Interested residents including incumbent commissioners must apply. Commissioner candidates are interviewed and selected during a noticed public meeting of the City Council. Commissioners may serve on only one of the three commissions.