Hearing Board | Agenda | Past Agendas

The APCD Hearing Board is a panel made up of five members appointed by, but acting independently of, the APCD Board of Directors.  The members of the Hearing Board have professional experience in the fields of medicine, engineering, law, and include two members of the public.  The Hearing Board is a quasi-judicial body established to hear appeals of Control Officer permit decisions, applications for variances from District Rules and Regulations, and petitions for abatement orders submitted by the Control Officer.  Appointment of each Hearing Board member is made for a term of three years.  Prior to the end of a term, the Hearing Board Nominating Committee will meet to discuss options for filling that position by either reappointing the individual or opening a recruitment.  Any recommendations made by the Nominating Committee will be taken to the full APCD Board of Directors for approval.

Hearing Board MembersFieldTerm Ends
Dr. Francis P. Lagattuta, ChairMedicalJuly 2018
David SchmarjeEngineeringMay 2017
Robert J. SapersteinLegalOctober 2017
Donald R. WardPublicMarch 2018
Lee-Volker Cox, Vice-ChairPublicOctober 2019

To download the Hearing Board Policies and Procedures, click here (PDF file).

When does the APCD Hearing Board meet?

The APCD Hearing Board meets on an as-needed basis, often the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30AM in the Board of Supervisor’s Hearing Room at the addresses below.  Meeting site is determined by the case(s) being heard, and meetings are only held when there are agenda items.  In addition to regular meetings, Hearing Board members may be called upon to hear individual Emergency Variance cases as they arise.

105 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
OR511 East Lakeside Parkway
Santa Maria, CA  93455

The next meeting date and agenda will be posted on this page when available. Past agendas can be viewed here.


Information about variances, including applications, can be found on this page.

Email Variance@sbcapcd.org or call one of the following staff members for:

  • Questions about Variance Petitions:
    Mike McKay – Inspection Specialist – 614-6788
    Aimee Long – Inspection Specialist – 614-6793
    Eric Kett – Compliance Supervisor – 614-6789
  • Hearing Board specific questions such as meeting procedures:
    Sara Hunt – Hearing Board Clerk – 961-8853