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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.


Lisa Eichman

Lisa Eichman, 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.


Charles Heffernan

Renee Berlin,  Vice Chairperson

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.


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

Philip Hart, Commissioner

Term Expires: December 2020

Philip Hart recently retired as the Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer at Logix Federal Credit Union, where he served as a member of the Credit Union’s senior executive team for 28 years.

With over three decades of senior level financial service experience, Mr. Hart had most recently managed the Credit Union’s revenue and operational functions. He also served on the board of the Credit Union’s wealth management and pension subsidiaries.

Mr. Hart lead the strategic planning and performance management functions for over 10 years, while serving as the Credit Union’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hart also directed the transformational efforts to build a culture of sales service at the Credit Union.

 Prior to joining Logix Federal Credit Union in 1989, Mr. Hart was the Vice President, National Sales Manager for GlenFed Brokerage, the wealth management subsidiary of Glendale Federal Bank. His credentials include NASD and state insurance licenses.

Mr. Hart currently serves on the Board of Director’s of St. John Seminary Board and is the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the board and served on the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors in the past.

Mr. Hart holds a bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Finance from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in Finance from Golden Gate University and attended Stanford University’s Executive Program (SEP).


Tim Burkhart

Tim Burkhart, Commissioner

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.