Planning Commission

Planning Commissioners

District 1

Jay served as a Planning Commissioner in Monterey County for 10 years. He was chair of the Commission when the new General Plan was adopted there. He and his wife, Ann, moved to this area after selling a successful electronics business 22 years ago in Southern California. He graduated from Santa Maria High then went on to graduate from Cal State Long Beach getting a B.S in Industrial Technology. He now owns a cattle ranch above the “narrows” area of the Nacimiento River. He was president of Cattlemen’s in Monterey County and is a member of SLO Cattlemen’s. He now resides in Paso Robles making weekly trips back to the ranch to check on the cattle.

District 2

Michael Multari was appointed to represent District 2 by Supervisor Bruce Gibson in December 2016. Mike served as the community development director for the cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo before co-founding Crawford Multari & Clark, Associates, a consulting practice emphasizing planning, economics and policy assistance to public agencies in California. After leaving CMCA in 2000, Mike was the executive director of the Morro Bay National Estuary Program and later the assistant director of facilities planning and the sustainability coordinator at Cal Poly. He co-authored Guide to Local Government Finance in California (Solano Press, 2012) and has been an adjunct lecturer in Cal Poly’s City and Regional Planning Department for over 25 years. He has served on many boards and commissions including the City of San Luis Obispo Planning Commission and the Revenue Enhancement (Sales Tax) Oversight Commission. Mike earned a BA from Yale University and MPA from Princeton. He and his wife have lived on the Central Coast, first in Morro Bay and now in San Luis Obispo, since 1982. He currently teaches, writes, and consults.

District 3

Julie Hawkins was appointed to the Planning Commission by District 3 Supervisor Adam Hill in January 2017. Julie is the campus planner for Cal Poly, and formerly worked as an urban planner for the City of Grover Beach, as well as various cities in the Bay Area. She was also a part-time lecturer for the master of urban and regional planning and master of public policy programs at San Jose State University, teaching urban community development and communication skills. Julie holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Cal Poly, and a BS in environmental studies from UC Santa Barbara. For fun, Julie paddles with the Pale Kai Outrigger Canoe Club of Avila Beach, takes classes at the San Luis Coastal Adult School, and takes her dog and cat on local adventures.

District 4

Jim Harrison, the Planning Commissioner representing District 4, was appointed by Supervisor Lynn Compton in January 2015. He comes to the Planning Commission as the former Nipomo Community Services president (6 years). Before that Mr. Harrison was a board member of the South County Advisory Council and first vice president of the San Luis Obispo Fire Safe Council. He is retired from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (1966-2003) where he ended his career as the division chief in charge of the Operations Section. He worked as an EMT on an ambulance while off duty from 1969-1975, and from 1975-1980 was part owner of a tree service. . From 1963-1966 Mr. Harrison was a truck driver. Mr. Harrison’s education includes fire science instruction at Allan Hancock and Cuesta Colleges, where he would later become a fire science instructor himself. He attended the California State Fire Academy, the Federal Fire Academy, and UCSB hazardous materials classes. For recreation Mr. Harrison enjoys equestrian activities and is a member and on the Board of Directors of Ride Nipomo, and a member or West Coast Rocky Mountain Equestrian Group as well as the Back Country Horsemen.

District 5

Don Campbell was recently named Roblan of the Year by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce for his distinguished service in the North County. He will bring his decades of experience as a real estate broker, educator, farmer, and community volunteer to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission. A Cal Poly graduate, Don Campbell earned his masters degree in agricultural science and eventually a teaching credential, teaching agriculture at San Luis Obispo High School. Later, Campbell and his wife Gail owned and operated Western Properties, which later became a Coldwell Banker franchise, specializing in farm and ranch sales and management. For over thirty years, the Campbells have been active members of the local agricultural community, raising purebred Suffolk show lambs and growing wine grapes. Campbell was a founding member of Heritage Oaks Bank and has been a board member for 30 years, currently serving as vice chairman. He is the only remaining founding member to still serve on the Board. Campbell has been a Paso Robles Trail Ride member for 30 years, a 4-H Club leader for 23 years, a Paso Robles Rotary member for 34 years, and a Junior Livestock Auction volunteer for 47 years. Supervisor Debbie Arnold says “Don is a widely respected fixture of the north county. He represents the best of what our rural community stands for; he is hard working, fair and dependable. Don has spent the past thirty years investing in our community. He is committed to ensuring that the Central Coast remains a place where families can not only live, but prosper.”