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City Council appoints new planning commissioner

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.

Petaluma resident Diana Gomez, who is Sonoma County's chief deputy district attorney, was appointed to the Petaluma Planning Commission to fill a seat left vacant by newly hired county planning director Tennis “J.T.” Wick.

Gomez's appointment comes several months after Wick left the planning commission to avoid a conflict of interest with county planning projects. Gomez will finish Wick's term, which ends in June 2016.

As a former city attorney for the City of Vallejo, Gomez has considerable experience advising city boards on land use issues.

“I am familiar with the legal intricacies of a city's general plan, zoning ordinances and land use regulations,” she said in her application to the Petaluma City Council.

Gomez called herself a “strict constitutionalist” when looking at development projects, requiring proposals adhere to the city's general plan for building. She said she supports mixed-use and infill developments and would like to see more rehabilitation of older buildings.

Gomez's first planning commission meeting will occur on Jan. 14, when the commission is set to discuss the Basin Street Properties Riverfront development proposal for 39 acres of vacant land on Hopper Street, between the Petaluma River and Highway 101.

(Contact Janelle Wetzstein at janelle.wetzstein@arguscourier.com)

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