Planning Commission Roles and Members
West Richland’s volunteer Planning Commission is established in accordance with state statute and City Code. The Planning Commission is responsible for reviewing and proposing amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission makes the final recommendations to the City Council on any amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and the Land Use (zoning) Code. All other City boards and commissions coordinate their Comprehensive Plan and land use activities with the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission also recommends and reviews studies of geographic sub areas in the City. The Commission also reviews site specific development proposals for things such as conditional use permits, new subdivisions and rezones.
Planning in West Richland is a community responsibility, and one of the Planning Commission’s key functions is to obtain public input, through public hearings and other methods, prior to making recommendations.
To carry out these functions, the Planning Commission meets at the City’s Council Chambers located in the Mid-Columbia Library on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, at 6:00 p.m., with the fourth Thursday being on an as needed basis. All meetings are open to the public and are either study sessions or public hearing.
Planning Commission Members: Frederick Brink (Chair) Eric Smith (Vice-Chair) Nancy Aldrich David Fetto Michael Mauk Steven Shupe Kathleen Smith Deadlines
In order for a project to be considered at a regular Planning Commission monthly meeting, the complete application must be submitted by the application submittal deadline:
Planning Commission Meeting Dates: Application Submittal Deadline:
January 26, 2017 December 2, 2016
February 9, 2017 January 5, 2017
March 9, 2017 February 2, 2017
April 13, 2017 March 2, 2017
May 11, 2017 April 6, 2017
June 8, 2017 May 4, 2017
July 13, 2017 June 1, 2017
August 10, 2017 July 6, 2017
September 14, 2017 August 3, 2017
October 12, 2017 September 7, 2017
November 9, 2017 October 5, 2017
December 14, 2017 November 2, 2017
In order to be considered for review by the Planning Commission, applications shall be determined to be technically complete and the applicant must have gone through a pre-application Technical Review Committee (TRC) meeting. Meetings may be canceled if there are no agenda items for that month.