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Community Development Department Mission Statement

aerial-riverThe Community Development Department mission is to proactively manage and facilitate enhanced vitality of the city’s neighborhoods, business districts, and parks. We are committed to attracting and incentivizing high-quality development, creation of new jobs, diversity of housing opportunities, city financial growth to support quality services, and to the prevention of decay & degradation of neighborhoods, business districts, and parks.

The department operates under the direction of the Mayor to carry out City Council policies and procedures.

Community Development Director








Aaron Lambert
3100 Belmont Blvd.
West Richland, WA 99353


Community Development Department Functions

The City of West Richland Community Development Department is responsible for the following;

Building Division

  • Residential and Commercial Building Permits
  • Building Inspection
  • Code Enforcement

Building Division Staff:
Andie Lorenz, Building Official
Richard Olson, Building Inspector

Planning, Parks and Economic Development Division

Planning Division Staff:
Emily Weimer, Senior Planner

Karin Volpe, Planner

Community Development Department Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed Noon-1:00 pm for lunch)

General Inquires: 509-967-5902

Building Inspection Line: 509-967-3518