Planning Commission

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Crandell, Barton

  • Elected and Appointed OfficialsNo

BCrandellCurrent Planning Commission Chair and member of the Design Review Sub-Committee. Recent graduate of the San Clemente Leadership Program. Twelve years of Coaching Youth Sports, Soccer and Hockey and a Band Booster at Northwood High School in Irvine.

I am a graduate of California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo with a degree in Architecture. Being licensed in California, a National and Local A.I.A. member, a Green Building Council member and Leeds Certified Provider I am required to complete numerous hours of Continuing Education each year to maintain my licenses and memberships. These courses include ADA requirements, Life Safety Issues, Energy Efficiency, Planning, Materials of Construction and Green Building Practices etc. In my spare time my wife and I restored a Historic 1907 Bungalow home at 286 N. Orange Ave. in the City of Orange, CA.

I am an Architect and Principal of Pekarek-Crandell, Inc. located in San Juan Capistrano. As an Architect, I have made numerous project presentations to Cities and Planning Commissions throughout the State and am extremely familiar with the application process and the difficulties applicants face when presenting their projects.

Being a native Southern Californian and surfer and having always lived on the California Coast, it’s understandable that I appreciate and am dedicated to maintaining our natural coastal resources. I have visited most all the coastal towns along the California and Oregon Coasts and am convinced San Clemente has everything necessary, including the History and interested and involved residents, to improve it position as one of the Gems of the California Coast.

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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.