Planning Department Hearing (PDH) Virtual Meeting -

Planning Department Hearings (PDH) are held via the Zoom platform.

The following is information on how you can view and/or participate in Planning Department Hearings.


How to Observe the Meeting (no public comment)


How to Join Meeting and Provide Spoken Public Comment

Need Help? Please refer to the Zoom User Guide for Public Participation.


Join Meeting

Members of the public, including applicants/agents, wishing to observe and/or provide live public comment may also participate in the meeting via the ZOOM platform by using one of the following options:

Via Computer or Smart Device (e.g. smart phone, tablet, etc.)

  • ·Click on the meeting link at the top of the agenda.
  • Input the Meeting ID Number listed at the top of the agenda.
  • Follow the prompt to enter your name and email address and press ‘Join Webinar in Progress’

Via Telephone

  • Dial the telephone number listed at the top of the agenda.
  • When prompted, enter the “Meeting ID Access Code” provided at the top of the agenda and press the pound key (#).
  • When prompted for a “Participant ID”, press the pound key (#) again and you will be automatically connected. You do not need a Participant ID to join the meeting.

Public Comment via ZOOM

If You Would Like to Speak 

  • When the Chair calls for general public comment, or for public comment on an agenda item, members of the public, including applicants/agents, who have joined by website or smart device may do so by using the “Raise Hand” feature at the bottom of the screen.
  • If joining by phone, please press *9 to activate the “Raise Hand” feature. This will notify the Clerk that you wish to provide public comment for that specific item.

Protocol for Speaking During Public Comment

When it is your turn to speak, the Clerk will unmute your connection, announce your name (or the last three digits of your phone number if you are calling in) and let you know that you are live on the line to make your comments.

  • Please begin by stating your name for the record. Public comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. Public speakers, including the applicant/agent, will be broadcast in audio form only.

Public Comment for More Than 1 Item

If providing public comment for multiple items on the agenda, please use the guidelines listed above for each individual item.

Submit Supporting Documents - MUST BE DONE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE

If members of the public want to present visual documents/PowerPoint presentations while speaking, they should submit the document electronically at least 48-hours in advance of the meeting to the corresponding hearing body email listed in the table below.

If submitted after the 48-hour deadline, staff will make best efforts –but cannot guarantee – to make the visuals available for presentation during the meeting.


How to Provide Public Comment via Email or Mail

Please email or mail your comment to the attention of the hearing clerk. [email protected] or 976 Osos, RM300 San Luis Obispo, 93408.

Please Note: Comments received by email or U.S. Mail will be placed into the administrative record and forwarded to each hearing body officer or member. Comments will not be read aloud or presented visually at the meeting.

Deadline: Public comments can be submitted and taken into the administrative record any time via email or U.S. Mail up until the close of the hearing for that item. In order for written comments to be more effective, we encourage you to submit written comments at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing, which will provide the hearing body members or officer a better opportunity to review the correspondence.



Persons who require accommodations for any audio, visual or other disability in order to review an agenda, or to participate in a meeting of the Planning and Building Department per the American Disabilities Act (ADA), may obtain assistance by requesting such accommodation 72 hour in advance of the meeting to the Clerk of the hearing body listed below at (805) 781-5600.


Planning Department Hearing Purview

Appeals of Administrative FinesDecision-Making Body
Appeals of Environmental DeterminationsDecision-Making Body
Lot Line Adjustments (outside of Coastal Zone and exempt from CEQA)   Decision-Making Body
Minor Use PermitsDecision-Making Body
Road NamesDecision-Making Body
Entitlement TypeRole