Boards & Commissions


The City Council relies on a number of citizen boards and commissions to serve as advisory bodies to the Council.  These bodies play an important role in the governance of our City and provide valuable input to the City Council.  Members of advisory bodies shall serve without compensation.

The City of San Marino has five permanent Commissions, Boards and Committees:
 
PLANNING COMMISSION 
The Planning Commission is an advisory body of the City consisting of five (5) regular members and one (1) alternate and is charged with such duties and shall be granted such powers as are granted to municipal planning commissions under provisions of the laws of the State and under provisions of the San Marino Municipal Code.

The Planning Commission is responsible for the long-range planning of the City through recommended amendments to the City’s zoning code.  The Planning Commission conducts hearings and makes decisions and/or recommendations on a variety of land use applications, including use permits, variances, General Plan amendments, rezoning, and subdivision maps.  The Planning Commission also reviews and studies other land use and planning issues assigned to it by the City Council.

Commissioners are appointed by the City Council to serve up to two (2) consecutive four (4) year terms beginning on July 1st of year appointed through June 30th of the fourth year.  The Planning Commission meets on the fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  The staff liaison is the Planning and Building Director.
  

DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE
The Design Review Committee consists of five (5) regular members and two (2) alternates.  The role of the Design Review Committee is generally to review building plans for new structures or alterations or additions to existing structures to ensure architectural compatibility with the neighborhood.

Committee members are appointed by the City Council to serve up to four (4) consecutive two (2) year terms beginning on July 1st of year appointed through June 30th of the second year.  The Design Review Committee meets on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  The staff liaison is the Planning and Building Director.
 

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Library Board of Trustees functions as an autonomous body pursuant to Sections 18900 through 18965 of the California Education Code.  Trustees advise and inform the Council on matters pertaining to the programs, materials, and services provided by the library and advise the City on library budgetary matters.

The Library Board of Trustees consists of five (5) regular members and two (2) alternates.  Board members are appointed by the City Council to serve up to two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms beginning on June 1st of the year appointed through May 31st of the third year.  The Library Board meets on the fourth (4th) Monday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the Crowell Public Library (Thornton Room).  The staff Liaison is the Assistant City Manager.
 

RECREATION COMMISSION
The Recreation Commission advises and informs the City Council on matters pertaining to public recreation programs, and advises the City Manager and Community Services Director on recreation budgetary matters.

The Recreation Commission consists of eleven (11) members; the eight (8) voting members at large are appointed by the City Council. In addition, one member shall be a member of the San Marino City Council; one member shall be a member of the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education; and one member shall be a student appointed by the School District.  Members at large serve up to two (2) consecutive four (4) year terms beginning on July 1st of the year appointed through June 30th of the fourth year.  The student representative serves a one (1) year term beginning on July 1st of the year appointed through June 30th of the first year.

The Recreation Commission meets quarterly on the fourth (4th) Monday of January, April, July and October at 7:00 p.m. at various locations throughout the City.  The staff Liaison is the Community Services Director.
 

TRAFFIC ADVISORY COMMISSION
The Traffic Advisory Commission acts as an advisory board to the City Council with respect to traffic, parking and transportation matters and any other matters that may be assigned to it from time to time by the City Council.  The Traffic Advisory Board makes investigations and recommendations as to such matters directly to the City Council in an advisory capacity.

The Traffic Advisory Commission consists of five (5) regular members and one (1) alternate who are appointed by the City Council to serve up to two (2) consecutive four (4) year terms.  The Commission meets on the third (3rd) Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  The staff liaisons are the Parks and Public Works Department and Chief of Police.