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Petaluma City Council appoints new planning commissioner

By LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

In a second effort, the Petaluma City Council has appointed a new planning commissioner.

Diana Gomez, a resident of Petaluma for 12 years, is a chief deputy in the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office in Santa Rosa.

She will be sworn in next week and serve the remaining portion of a term ending in June 2016.

Diana Gomez, the chief deputy in the Sonoma County District Attorney's office, will be sworn in as Petaluma's new planning commissioner next week. (Jeff Kan Lee / The Press Democrat)

Diana Gomez, the chief deputy in the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office, will be sworn in as Petaluma’s new planning commissioner next week. (Jeff Kan Lee / The Press Democrat)

In November, the council was unable to reach a majority vote on any of three applicants for a seat on the Planning Commission, which interprets the city’s zoning and planning codes for development proposals and makes recommendations to the council.

With a reopened application process and additional choices, Gomez came out on top Monday night, winning votes from council members Mike Harris, Mike Healy, Gabe Kearney and Kathy Miller.

Mayor David Glass and Council members Chris Albertson and Teresa Barrett voted for Daryl Johnson, who had applied previously.

Gomez has been active in local sports activities with her children and served as a board member of Petaluma Friends of Recreation, which unsuccessfully sought to pass a parcel tax in 2012 to pay for parks and recreation improvements.

She is a former assistant city attorney for Vallejo and prosecutor in Southern California.

In her application, she said she tends to be a “strict constructionist” in requiring projects to adhere to the general plan, the city’s guiding planning document. She also said she supports more infill development and mixed-use projects and rehabilitating derelict buildings.

The council also appointed Ken Quinto to the Youth Commission to finish out the rest of a term that ends in June.

Contact Staff Writer Lori A. Carter at 762-7297 or lori.carter@pressdemocrat.com.





2 Responses to “Petaluma City Council appoints new planning commissioner”

  1. James Bennett says:

    ‘Mixed Use’ is another name for Smart Growth.

    ‘Affordable Housing’.

    ‘Transit Oriented Development’.

    ‘Islands of human habitation’.

    Many of us regard them as gulags.

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  2. Elephant says:

    Ms. Gomez sounds like another one to rubber stamp anything that Basin Street or any of the other development interests want to build in already over-built Petaluma. Another nail in the coffin.

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