Silvia Donovan

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Silvia Donovan, Commissioner

Appointed: 2018 
Term expires: April 2020 Silvia Donovan-large

Silvia Donovan has been a resident of Lancaster since 1988.  She has seen the beneficial effects of local planning for the citizens of Lancaster, resulting in projects that enhance the community.  

Donovan holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, in Urban Planning and Rural Studies. She continued on to completing classes in Planning and Design from UCLA Extension, and began to take courses from Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona, to work on her Master’s Degree in Business.  She retired from the City of Lancaster in December 2011 after 25 years of service, where she held the position of Principal Planner.  She was tasked with a variety of duties related to the implementation of the General Plan, and was responsible for development projects presented to the Planning Commission and City Council.  Donovan’s major contributions included the Valley Central Wal-Mart remodel resulting in the most attractive Wal-Mart in the State, implementation of The BLVD, Downtown Specific Plan, Lancaster Business Park Specific Plan, Revisions to the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, General Plan, and implementation of the Lancaster Design Standards.

When not traveling or babysitting her three grandkids, Silvia Donovan has volunteered at Desert Vineyard Church, Lancaster School District, and the Antelope Valley College.   She also belongs to the Halau Hula O Kanoelani and Devotion in Motion, a Christian based hula school whose mission is to share the Spirit of Aloha through the music and dance of the islands.