Hearing Examiners are LA County Planning staff appointed by the Director of LA County Planning to conduct initial public hearings in the community on major land use cases.
On April 3, 2007, the County Board of Supervisors directed a “hearing examiner” procedure be created for major land use decisions. This procedure recognizes community input in the decision-making process and makes it easier to take part. Community feedback means planners, applicants, and the Regional Planning Commission have better information about project impacts. Hearing Examiner hearings are designed to be in the community where a major project is located.
The Hearing Examiner ordinance was adopted by the County Board of Supervisors on August 12, 2008.
In general, the Hearing Examiner conducts local public hearings on project Environmental Impact Reports.