Design Commission

The Design Commission is responsible for reviewing architectural design, landscaping and signage of proposed commercial and institutional projects. The Commission works with property owners and developers to facilitate designs that are aesthetically pleasing and compatible with the goals set forth by the City Council.

This ensures conformity with the City's General Plan, Foothill Boulevard Master Plan, Design Options Manual, Downtown Village Specific Plan and design review findings. The Applicant's Guides for architectural and landscape review, and for review of a sign only, are available in the Documents Catalog.

Qualifications:  Each of the five (5) Commissioners shall be a resident of the City and shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the City Council.  Members of the Design Commission shall not serve on one of the City’s other seven (7) Commissions/Committees simultaneously (with the exception of the Joint Use Committee). Other than City Council members, persons elected to any office may serve as a City Commissioner except as provided by Government Code section 1099 and/or any other applicable law.

Compensation:  Design Commissioners receive a stipend of $50.00 per meeting, which they must be in attendance to receive.

Commercial Property Improvement Program

The City Council has adopted a program for partial reimbursement of exterior enhancements that improve aesthetics and appearance. The Design Commission is responsible for review and approval. For more information contact the Planning Department. Application


The Design Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, as needed, at 7:30 AM in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Design Commission Agendas                                Design Commission Minutes


Design Commission staff liaison, Chris Gjolme , Planner; (818) 790-8881.


Ara Markari

Gordon Hoopes

Tom Fuelling

Miriam Balcazar

Theresa King