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The five-member Planning Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. (Planning Commission Meetings are broadcast live on SCV TV channel 20 and on the City's Website.) Members of the public wishing to address the commission may do so by completing a speaker's slip upon arrival at the meeting. There is a three minute time limit per person.

Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers, 1st floor of City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita, CA. ( view map ) For more information, contact the Planning Division at (661) 255-4330.


Tim Burkhart

Tim Burkhart, Chairperson

Director of Park Operations, Maintenance and Construction
Term Expires: December 2018

Tim lives in Newhall with his wife Debbie, and their two daughters Sarah and Stephanie. He enjoys working on the Planning Commission because of the opportunity to add the perspective and vision of the community to proposed projects and developments. He believes that the Planning Commission can, and does make important contributions to the development process, resulting in projects that the benefit the entire community.


Lisa Eichman

Lisa Eichman,  Vice-Chairperson

Term Expires: December 2018

Lisa Eichman joined the Planning Commission in October 2010. She, her husband Craig and daughter Shelby have been residents of Valencia since 1986. They moved to Valencia in order to raise their daughter in a family-oriented community with quality schools. She is co-owner and founding partner of Eichman & Eichman, Tax and Accounting and also owns Gymnastics Unlimited, Santa Clarita’s oldest and largest gymnastics school with her husband. Lisa is an Enrolled Agent and a Licensed Financial Advisor. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the following organizations: All Valley Le Tip (current President), Gymnastics Unlimited Foundation (CFO), Foundation for US Historical Monuments (Treasurer and Founding Board Member). She is also the Head Coach of the Santa Clarita Special Olympics Rhythmic gymnastics team.


Dennis Ostrom

Dr. Dennis Ostrom, Commissioner

Earthquake Risk Consultant
Term Expires: December 2018\

Dennis moved to the Santa Clarita Valley with his wife Sue and their two daughters in the late 1970s. He was soon working with residents to provide a technical basis that supported resisting the location of a hazardous waste dump over the Santa Clara River in Canyon Country. Later he provided similar input to resist the Elsmere Canyon Dump. Dennis spent 25 years with Southern California Edison as their specialist in earthquakes. During that time he earned a doctorate from the School of Engineering at UCLA.

In the 1980s, while serving as President of the Sand Canyon HOA, he forged the basis of an equestrian community, via Special Standards, for that area. “I moved here in the late 70s because it was a great area to live and raise children, it continues to be that way today, and my primary reason for being on the Planning Commission is to do what I can to keep it that way.”


Charles Heffernan

Charles Heffernan,  Commissioner

Term Expires: December 2020

Chuck lives in Valencia with his wife Wendy and sons Kyle, Scott and Jake who are attending universities in California and Arizona. A resident of the Santa Clarita Valley since 1986, he has seen the beneficial effects of local governance and planning for the citizens of Santa Clarita. Chuck and Wendy attended many of the early Cityhood meetings. Chuck has been the President of the Northpark Homeowners Association for the past 4 years.

As a resident of Saugus from 1987-1997, Chuck’s first SCV community activism was in lobbying the City for the Wiley Canyon Road Bridge, which now provides secondary access to the Circle J Ranch Community. Chuck looks forward to contributing to the Planning Commission’s duty to continue the City’s commitment to high quality planning proposals that will enhance quality of life for its citizens. Chuck is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hiking and climbing locally, in the Sierras, and abroad. Chuck joined the Planning Commission in April 2012 and was recently reappointed in January 2017.


Charles Heffernan

Renee Berlin,  Commissioner

Term Expires: December 2020

Renee Berlin has been a resident of the City of Santa Clarita since 1992 and lives in Valencia with her husband Allen. Ms. Berlin retired from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) in December 2016, where she held the position of Senior Executive Officer, Countywide Planning, responsible for the planning, development, and environmental clearance of major transit infrastructure projects. Renee also managed the development and implementation of Metro’s Systemwide Station design and the Metro Art program.  At Metro, Renee worked collaboratively with local jurisdictions throughout the County to fund and implement critical mobility improvements. Examples in the City of Santa Clarita include the McBean Transit Center, Cross Valley Connector, Magic Mountain Interchange, Golden Valley Interchange, bus purchases, Metrolink stations, and numerous traffic signal, bicycle, and pedestrian projects. Renee holds a BA in Urban Studies and an MA in Urban Planning.

Renee Berlin joined the Planning Commission in January 2017. She looks forward to working with her fellow Commissioners to continue the City’s responsible growth by taking infrastructure, sustainability, and economic development into consideration and bringing the City’s 2020 Plan to fruition.