Photo by Erick Chavez

Photo by Erick Chavez

Brian James

Director of planning and community development


For inquiries, please contact the following:
(310) 349-2970 Email

Mr. James joined the City in 2016 with over 26 years of planning experience in both the public and private sectors. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in City and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 1991. His responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the planning counter, code enforcement operations, managing entitlement applications, and administering the Planning Commission.

The Planning Department oversees private development within the City, ensuring that zoning codes are adhered to and that development projects demonstrate quality design and environmental sustainability. We track changes in the community demographics and economic vitality and respond with recommended updates to the General Plan and Municipal Code.