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Brown, Donald

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DonBrownA graduate of the San Clemente Leadership Program. Currently on the Board of Directors South County Boys and Girls Club. Planning Commission member to the Coastal Advisory Committee. Was a member of the Serrano Creek Conservancy.Participant in the City of Lake Forest Opportunities Study. Additional organizations: Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the San Clemente Military Family Outreach.

I am a California native born in Glendale. I graduated with a BS degree from the U. S. Naval Academy. I have an MS in Systems Engineering from USC. A Marine Corps aviator for twenty years, Vietnam veteran (325 combat missions) with both air and ground units. A graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), and the Navy Test Pilot School (flown 52 different airplanes). Original test pilot and early Squadron Commander during the F/A-18 aircraft development. Twenty years as an Experimental Test Pilot with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, early Test Pilot on the C-17 aircraft development. I retired as Director of Flight Operations for Boeing Airlift and Tanker Programs/Chief Pilot for the C-17 Program. Married with three children and very proud to live in San Clemente. 


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What is the purpose of the Planning Commission?
The purpose of the Planning Commission is to advise the City Council on land use policies and laws, and to make final decisions on certain kinds of development and use permits.

When and where do they meet?
The Planning Commission meets on the Wednesday night which follows the City Council’s normal Tuesday night meetings. Their public hearing agenda begins at 7:00 PM. Click on the following link for a map to our normal meeting location.

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How can I present my comments to the Planning Commission?
The Planning Commission conducts its business in public hearings. Your input is very important. You may contact the Planning Commission via the City’s Planning Division at (949) 361-6184. You may also e-mail us at

Who is on the Planning Commission and how do they get their positions?
The Planning Commission consists of seven citizens who are appointed by the City Council to 2 year terms.  Click on the links at the top of this page to meet the current Commissioners. 

I want to speak at a Planning Commission Meeting. What do I do?

To speak at a Planning Commission meeting, you are asked to fill out a speakers slip at the meeting, prior to the time the agenda item you are interested in begins. Speakers usually are allotted three minutes to testify. You will be asked to provide your name and city of residence for the record. The agenda also has a time for ‘public comment’ to the Planning Commission on matters within the responsibility of the Planning Commission but which are not subject to a particular public hearing that night.

How can I serve on the Planning Commission?
To become a member of the Planning Commission citizens are asked to file an application with the City Clerk, prior to an interview and selection by the City Council. These selections normally occur in June of each year, or at other times when an vacancy on the Commission occurs. For more information on applications for Planning Commission please send an email to or Click Here to get more information.

How do I get an agenda or minutes of the Planning Commission Meetings?
Agendas and minutes are available on line under the Meetings / Planning Commission menu items. Agendas should be available by the Friday before the next scheduled meeting. Note the links under meetings for agendas, packets, and minutes.

Where do I find out more information about the Planning Commission?

You are welcome to email or call us for more information at (949)361-6185.

Link to Planning Division website

Click here to view the Planning Division home page.