Orange Coast College Biological Sciences professor Marc Perkins has been selected to serve on the City of Costa Mesa’s Planning Commission. Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley and the City Council voted unanimously in favor of the appointment at a meeting on Nov. 19.
Perkins is the co-founder of the group Costa Mesa Alliance for Better Streets, and is an advocate for cycling both in the local community and on campus. He is also the chair of the Flex Day Committee at OCC.
Costa Mesa’s seven-member Planning Commission reviews and acts on permit applications and proposed projects in the city. For example, the Planning Commission recently approved a proposal to convert the former site of the Trinity Broadcasting Network headquarters into an international language campus.
Perkins is hoping to focus on how the city can grow in a sustainable and equitable way, in order to ensure that Costa Mesa can “lead the way in urban planning.”