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Planning Commission

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The purpose of the Planning Commission is to recommend to the City Council plans for the regulation of the future growth, development and beautification of the City and to hear and take action on certain applications for subdivisions of land, site development plans, special use permits, or variances. The powers and duties of the Planning Commission are set forth in Chapter 2.48 of the Vista Municipal Code. There are seven members on the Planning Commission who serve four-year terms. The City Council appoints all members. City Planner, Patsy Chow, is the Staff Liaison.

  •  Register for e-noticing of public notices for planning projects here.

Qualifications for Membership:

  • Resident of the City of Vista
  • 18 years of age
  • Shall not be employed by the City or a member of the City Council

Completed applications can be mailed to the City Clerk's Office at 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, CA 92084 or faxed to 760.639-6126. For questions regarding the application process, contact Kathy Valdez, City Clerk, 760.643.5320, or e-mail


Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, CA 92084.

Occasionally, meetings are cancelled. Please click on "Current Meeting Agenda" link below for any Cancellation Notices.

Agendas are posted 72 hours in advance of the Planning Commission meeting. Minutes are presented to the Planning Commission for approval at the next regular meeting and are posted after they are approved.

For additional information, please contact the Planning Division at 760.639.6100.

Click on links below for past and upcoming meeting agendas or minutes.