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The City of Lakeport Planning Commission is a permanent committee of five persons appointed by the Lakeport City Council to review matters related to planning and development.  The Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park Street, Lakeport, California, for the purpose of considering City land use matters.

Included on the agendas are such things as the General Plan, Rezonings, Use Permits, Subdivisions, Architectural and Design Review, planning policy matters, and interpretations. 

Planning Commissioners are appointed by the City Council to four-year overlapping terms.






Tom Gayner

Chairperson         FY 14-15

June 15, 2008 

June 19, 2012

December 31, 2016

Suzanne Russell

Vice-Chairperson FY 14-15

August 17, 2010

 December 2, 2014

December 31, 2018

Ross Kauper

October 6, 2002

December 2, 2014

December 31, 2018

Harold Taylor

January 8, 2003

December 2, 2014

December 31, 2018

Ken Wicks, Jr.

July 5, 2011

May 6, 2012

December 31, 2016

The Planning Commission is the City Council’s advisor on land use planning matters.  The Council may choose to follow the recommendation of the Commission or not.  They may reverse or modify Commission actions or send proposals back to the Commission for further review.  Commission decisions are subject to appeal by the City Council, and the Council has the final say in all City matters.

The City of Lakeport Planning Department serves as the Lakeport Planning Commission’s staff.  The professional planners advise the Commission on General Plan, Specific Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and other land use regulations.  Staff provides background information and recommendations on the proposals that are under the Commission’s consideration, answer technical questions, and make sure that the meetings have been properly advertised in advance.  The Planning Department staff members will always be in attendance at Commission meetings.

The Lakeport Planning Commission meeting, which includes study sessions and workshops, are open and public.  This means that a quorum of Commissioners can only discuss Commission business in a public meeting, and meeting agendas must be posted at least 72 hours in advance.  Topics for discussion are limited to those set forth on the agenda.

At its regularly-scheduled hearings, the Planning Commission weighs planning proposals in light of State and Local regulations and potential environmental issues, and listens to the testimony of project proponents and interested parties.  The Commission usually considers several items at each hearing, considering each proposal separately, and taking action before moving on to the next items on the agenda. 

If you have questions about Planning Commission meetings, agenda topics, appeals of Planning Commission decisions, or other issues, please contact the City of Lakeport Community Development Department Planning Division at 707-263-5613 ext. 20.