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Inyo County Planning Commission

The Inyo County Planning Commission acts as the advisory body to the Board of Supervisors on matters concerning growth, development, and the environment of the County. The Commission's role is established and defined by Section 2.40 of the Inyo County Code.

The Commission is composed of five members; one each from the five Supervisorial Districts. The Board of Supervisors appoints these five Commissioners for a term of four years. Each of the five appointed members may vote on all matters coming before the Commission. In addition to the five voting members, two non-voting advisory members represent the County in special fields of expertise. Advisory members are the County Administrator and Director of Public Works.


bullet Frank Stewart - First District  (Chair)
bullet Caitlin "Kate" Morley - Second District
bullet Todd Vogel - Third District 

Scott Stoner - Fourth District

bullet Scott Kemp - Fifth District
bullet Kevin Carunchio - County Administrative Officer
bullet Clint Quilter - Public Works Director 
bullet Cathreen Richards - Interim Planning Director
bullet John-Carl Vallejo - County Counsel

The functions of the Planning Commission are as follows:

bullet Prepare, periodically review, revise, and implement the Inyo County General Plan, specific plans and community plans. The Commission holds public hearings to consider and make recommendations on all changes these plans. 
bullet Administration of the Inyo County Zoning Ordinance. In this capacity, they hold public hearings and consider all zone reclassifications, conditional use permits, variances, and mobilehome waivers. 
bullet Enforcement of the California State Subdivision Map Act and the Inyo County Subdivision Ordinance. The Commission reviews and considers all tract maps, parcel maps, certificates of compliance and boundary line adjustments. They also hold hearings to receive testimony regarding alleged illegal land divisions.
bullet Serves as the Environmental Review Board for all projects subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  The Commission certifies Environmental Impact Reports and Negative Declarations for County and private projects under CEQA and reviews and comments on environmental documents prepared by other local, state and federal agencies which may affect Inyo County.
bullet Conducts public hearings to review and consider approval of mining reclamation plans and financial assurances as required by the Surface Mining Reclamation Act.

The Planning Commission may be contacted through the Inyo County Planning Department, P.O. Drawer L, Independence, CA 93526 or be sending an e-mail to






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