Mary Beatie, Adam Peck named to Planning Commission

Veteran civic volunteers Mary Beatie and Adam Peck will fill seats being vacated by Brett Taylor and Liz Wynn

VISALIA – Appointing new members to Planning Commission vacancies often leads to a loss of valuable experience. But the City of Visalia was able to replace to veteran civic volunteers stepping off the commission with two people with relevant experience.

Last week, City planner Paul Bernal announced the appointment of Mary Beatie and Adam Peck to the planning commission. Beatie is currently serving as a member of the city’s Citizen Advisory Committee and is a senior planner at Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group in Visalia. Peck has previously served on the Planning Commission for 11 years, also served on the advisory committee and is currently the executive director of the Tulare County Workforce Investment Board.

The Visalia Planning Commission is comprised of five voting members who have been appointed by the City Council to review and act on matters related to planning and development. City planner Paul Bernal said Beatie and Peck were selected from a field of five potential candidates. The two will serve a two-year term and can serve a maximum of four consecutive terms.

The Planning Commission plays a central role in the planning process as an advisory board to the City Council on planning and development issues, assures that the general plan is implemented by reviewing discretionary development entitlements on a case-by-case basis, and functions as the decision-making body for many land development proposals.

“The role of the Planning Commissioners requires a significant commitment of time to learn the nuances of the City’s subdivision and zoning ordinances, adopted development standards, environmental statutes, and understanding the role they serve in providing recommendations on land use matters to the City Council,” Community Development Director Curtis Cannon said.

Beatie and Peck will replace Brett Taylor and Liz Wynn on the commission. Taylor announced in December that he was stepping off the commission at the end of this term to run for the District 2 seat on the Visalia City Council. Taylor has served on the Visalia planning commission since 2012 and is the executive director

Wynn announced on May 27 that would leaving the commission this month as well. She sat on the Planning Commission for six years and is currently director of development for Kaweah Delta after five years as executive director of the Visalia Emergency Aid Council.

The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall West, 707 W. Acequia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting locations may change, however any changes will be noted on the meeting agenda and at www.visalia.city.

For more information on the Visalia Planning Commission, contact the Chief Deputy City Clerk’s office at  (559) 713-4512 or [email protected].

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