Gonzales is governed by the City Council. The City Council appoints advisory committees and commissions to assist with decisions. The Gonzales Planning Commission advises the City Council on land uses. The commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. Although the Commission Chair and City Staff will be in the City Council Chambers for meetings, during the era of the pandemic most people will opt to participate remotely.

  • Gloria Velasquez – Chairperson 
  • Ernesto Mancera – Chair Pro Tem 
  • Tencia Vargas – Commissioner 
  • Adrian Paco – Commissioner
  • Vacancy – Commissioner 





November 2023

Announcing Vacancy on the City of Gonzales Planning Commission

The Gonzales City Council is inviting letters of interest from Gonzales residents who would be interested in serving on the Gonzales Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission will be working on the Vista Lucia and Puente del Monte annexations that comprise approximately 1,314 acres on the east side of town. There are 6,200 residential units proposed, four elementary schools, one new middle school, parks, and open space. The City is also preparing its 6th Cycle Housing Element, and a draft document for public review will be released soon.  Upon adoption by the City and the State of California, staff and the Commission will work to craft programs and ordinances that will facilitate implementation of new housing goals and policies.  In addition to these major projects, the Planning Commission considers a variety of use permits. 

This is an excellent opportunity to learn the job of a Planning Commissioner, contribute to your community, and establish relationships with other community leaders. Taven M. Kinison Brown is the City’s Community Development Director assigned to the Commission and can answer any questions that you may have. 

The Planning Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the evening. Compensation is $50.00 per month.  If you are interested, please submit a letter at the address shown below, describing your background and qualifications and your reason for applying.


Mayor Jose Rios

Through the Community Development Director,

Taven M. Kinison Brown


City of Gonzales

147 Fourth Street

P.O. Box 647 

Gonzales, CA  93926

or email: tkinisonbrown@ci.gonzales.ca.us


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