Community Council Training to Offer Education about County Planning Process, Brown Act

News Release


Nov 28

Community Council Training to Offer Education about County Planning Process, Brown Act

INDIO – Supervisor John J. Benoit will host a Fourth District Community Council Training Seminar from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Workforce Development Center in Indio, 44-199 Monroe St., Rm. 402.

Bob Lyman, regional office manager for the Riverside County Transportation & Land Management Agency, will present “Planning 101” to brief attendees on how to review applications for development projects within the community.

Additionally, Tiffany North, deputy county counsel, will speak about the function of community councils and Brown Act standards for public meetings.

“Community councils provide valuable input about county services and the quality of life in unincorporated areas,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Boosting understanding of the land-use process will help members of the public evaluate projects and make sound planning recommendations for the future of their community.”

The program is part of Benoit’s ongoing efforts to increase the professionalism and effectiveness of the dozen community councils that meet regularly to serve the residents of: Bermuda Dunes, Desert Edge, Indio Hills, Mecca, Mesa Verde, North Shore, Oasis, Ripley, Sky Valley, Thermal, Thousand Palms and Vista Santa Rosa. In October 2010, community council members received training on “LAFCO 101” about sphere of influence, annexation and incorporation issues.

The training seminar is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to RSVP to Benoit’s office at (760) 863-8211 or via email,

73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 222, Palm Desert, CA 92260 | Phone: 760-863-8211 • Fax: 760-863-8905