MONICA T. MARTIN

Associate Planner

Email: mmartin@flowersassoc.com

Ms. Martin has been a professional planner since 2014 when she obtained her Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. She joined Flowers & Associates in 2019 as an Associate Planner and currently works to permit new cannabis operations within Santa Barbara County. Prior to her time at Flowers & Associates, Ms. Martin conducted land use planning for the County of Santa Barbara, the City of Sierra Madre, and the City of Downey. Her work has mostly consisted of reviewing projects to ensure consistency with the local zoning regulations, writing staff reports, and presenting projects to Planning Commissions, City Councils, and other decision-makers. As a public sector planner, Ms. Martin worked closely with private consultants, conducting interviews and drafting Public Service Agreements for services to be performed by the consultant. Her most notable projects include facilitating communication between Los Angeles Metro, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and a private consultant to draft a Transit-Oriented Development Specific Plan for the City of Downey; drafting and facilitating the adoption of a revision to the City of Downey Sign Ordinance; and facilitating the approval of a variance to construct a roof-mounted, donut-shaped sign for a new Randy’s Donuts on Firestone Boulevard in the City of Downey.

Ms. Martin has worked on a variety of projects throughout her planning career, including permitting wireless telecommunications facilities, cannabis operations, single-family residential, multiple-family residential, commercial and manufacturing development, and subdivisions. She is well-versed in the Permit Streamlining Act, the Subdivision Map Act, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California state regulations pertaining to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and cannabis cultivation, and the federal regulations pertaining to the permitting of wireless telecommunications facilities. Her previous experience in the private sector, as a Zoning Manager for Core Development Services in Brea, California, allowed her to become an expert on reading and interpreting zoning codes for various jurisdictions, including the cities of Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Brea, and the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino.

Ms. Martin is an active member of the American Planning Association and will be on a panel to discuss permitting cannabis in the County of Santa Barbara at the California Planning Conference in September 2019.

EDUCATION

M.A. Urban and Regional Planning, California State Polytechnical University, Pomona
B.S. Public Administration, University of La Verne

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Planning Association