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Planning Commission

Established by state law, the five-member Planning Commission's primary function is to study proposed developments that may have an impact on the County's growth and environment. Specifically, the Planning Commission is assigned the review and approval authority for Conditional Use Permits, Variances and Tentative Tract Maps. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on amendments to the County's general plan and ordinances. The Commission ensures that proposed developments will meet the County's technical, environmental and aesthetic standards. The Commission holds public hearings to review plans to ensure that they comply with the County's zoning regulations and General Plan for development.  The Planning Commission is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and represent each district within the County. The Commission receives primary support from the Current Planning and Long Range Planning Divisions of the Department of Planning and Building, a full-time, professional staff.

  • Where are the meetings located?
  • Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, San Luis Obispo.
  • When are the meetings?
  • Second and Fourth Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM.
  • Can I view the meeting online?
  • Yes. Our meeting archives page contains links to both live and archived meetings, including links to view/download meeting agendas and minutes.
  • What if I have a general question for the Planning Commission?
  • Use our online form to contact members of the Planning Commission.

Current Planning Commissioners

Dan Del Campo, District 1District 1 - Dan Del Campo

Dan Del Campo was appointed Planning Commissioner by 1st district Supervisor John Peschong. Dan’s background has its origins from his previous hometown Thousand Oaks. There he served as a Councilman and Mayor from 1998 – 2002. During that period he was a board member on Conejo Open Space and Conservation Agency, dealing with land and open space preservation. He also was appointed to the Ventura Council of Governments dealing with County wide issues and recommendations to City Councils. He represented Thousand Oaks on the California League of Cities and the National League of Cities. During that time he worked with the Congressional Representative lobbying for support for Thousand Oaks and the Thousand Oaks Boys and Girls Club. He was an original board member establishing four Conejo Valley Clubs. Dan was also an original member of SOAR, Save Open space and Agriculture Resources, a County wide imitative. Since 2003 Dan and his wife MaryJo have lived at Oak Shores. Dan has recently retired after six years as host of Sound Off on KPRL radio. MaryJo teaches at Saint Rose Elementary School and is President of the San Miguel Unified School District. While in Thousand Oaks she also served as a Board member of the Conejo School Board. Dan believes that his responsibility as a Planning Commissioner is to represent the best interests of the 1st District and the County.


Michael Multari, District 2 District 2 - Michael Multari

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.


Julie Hawkins, District 3District 3 - Julie Hawkins

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.


Jim Harrison, District 4District 4 - Jim Harrison

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 Hazard 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.


Don Campbell, District 5

District 5 - Don Campbell

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 Ag 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.”