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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct information about the city’s application window for those interested in the vacant Planning Commission seat.

By Breeana Greenberg

The Dana Point City Council is looking to appoint a new member to the Planning Commission who can fill Chairperson John Gabbard’s seat, as he will soon become a sitting city councilmember.

The current City Council held a special meeting last month to appoint three incoming councilmembers, including Gabbard, to the open seats after they were set to run unopposed in their respective districts.

Gabbard, who has been on the Planning Commission since March 2021 and was appointed as its chair in April 2022, will begin his term representing District 1 this December.

Once opened, the application window for those interested in filling the Planning Commission vacancy will remain open for 30 days. Applicants are expected to be interviewed in January 2023

The appointed commissioner’s term will expire on March 31, 2025.

Breeana Greenberg

Breeana Greenberg is the city reporter for the Dana Point Times. She graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor of arts degree in English. Before joining Picket Fence Media, she worked as a freelance reporter with the Laguna Beach Independent. Breeana can be reached by email at

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