Benoit Selects Guillermo “Bill” Sanchez Jr. for Planning Commission
PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit announces the selection of Guillermo “Bill” Sanchez Jr., 38, a retail development manager and Coachella Planning Commissioner, as his appointee to the Riverside County Planning Commission.
“Planning commissioners have the crucial role of carefully considering projects in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County and evaluating how they fit into the current and long term direction of the county,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Mr. Sanchez brings valuable career experience and service as a planning commissioner to this demanding position.”
Sanchez is a principal at CSG Retail Management in Indio, managing the daily operations of retail shopping centers. He has extensive experience as a planning commissioner with six years on the City of Coachella Planning Commission, including three years as chairman, elected by his fellow commissioners. He has also been a project manager for commercial developments.
A longtime Coachella Valley resident, Sanchez was born in Indio, graduated from Coachella Valley High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University Long Beach. He resides in Indio with his wife of 12 years, Myra, and two daughters.
“The Planning Commission is considered among the most significant county appointments, especially for planning the county’s future growth,” Benoit said. “The Coachella Valley will likely be a main focus of developers when the economy improves. Bill’s comprehensive knowledge of the eastern Coachella Valley will be extremely useful to good decision-making.”
Supervisor Benoit will present his recommendation at the Oct. 16 Board of Supervisors meeting. Sanchez’s appointment is subject to the approval of a majority of the board. If appointed, Sanchez will succeed the late Commissioner Jim Porras (who provided 17 years of service) and will resign from the City of Coachella Planning Commission.
The five-member commission conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on land-use cases requiring general plan amendments, rezoning of land and special land use permits, including conditional use permits, specific plans, specific plan amendments and associated environmental documents. In addition, the commission makes recommendations on subdivision requests including tract maps and parcel maps.