2011-04-14 / Community

Know your planning commissioners

She’s involved in everything
By Michelle Knight


Reynolds Reynolds This is the third of four installments profiling the newest members of the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission.

Beginning her third term on the planning commission, Daryl Reynolds is a longtime community volunteer who’s received numerous awards.

Reynolds, 66, was first appointed to the commission by Mayor Andy Fox in 2005. Fox has reappointed her twice.

“I love being a part of the city (that) I absolutely love,” said Reynolds, whose name is pronounced like Carl but with a D. “To think I can drive down the boulevard and say, ‘I approved that.’”

Raised in Encino, a newly married Reynolds and her husband, Don, moved to Thousand Oaks 39 years ago.

Since then, Reynolds has been involved with dozens of county, city and community ventures, including the Conejo Valley housing task force, the Thousand Oaks General Plan review and Ventura County Cultural Her i tage board.

She spent eight years on the Ventura County Planning Commiss ion, an appointee of then-Supervisor Frank Schillo. She was also a judge appointee to a county-run juvenile delinquency prevention program.

Reynolds is a longtime member of the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club and Conejo Valley Genealogical Society and a volunteer with Conejo Valley Unified School District.

She’s an executive board member of two Republican women’s clubs.

Among the recognitions and awards Reynolds has received from state, county and city leaders are the National Jefferson Award and the Woman of the Year from two separate organizations.

The planning commissioner said she’s proud to see Thousand Oaks has grown into a beautiful city, and she believes it will always be picturesque.

With the larger housing and commercial developments in the city’s past, Reynolds said the focus is on ordered growth. She supports the business community in its need to grow, bringing revenue into city coffers that pay for quality-of-life services Thousand Oaks residents have come to expect. But there’s a reason the city has “hard and fast” rules on signs, building codes and the like, and now is not the time to abandon them, she said.

“We can’t let go of all those things we’ve worked hard to do all those years,” Reynolds said. “Everybody’s moved here because it’s so beautiful; we can’t let that go.”

A self- proclaimed realist, Reynolds said she enjoys the camaraderie among the planning commissioners but doesn’t expect them to agree on everything.

She likes to hear fresh ideas and is looking forward to working with the newly appointed commissioners. Reynolds isn’t one to stick to tradition just for the sake of tradition.

“I’m a big believer in that,” she said.

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