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 at 3100 Belmont Blvd.  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.

Link to Planning Commission Meeting Agenda Webpage

Planning Commission Meeting Minutes Archives

Planning Commission Members:
Nancy Aldrich
Kate Moran
Melanie Olson
Eric Smith, Chair
Kathleen Smith
Chad Utecht, Vice Chair


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 11, 2018                                                                   December 7, 2017

February 8, 2018                                                                    January 4, 2018

March 8, 2018                                                                         February 1, 2018

April 12, 2018                                                                          March 1, 2018

May 10, 2018                                                                           April 5, 2018

June 14, 2018                                                                           May 3, 2018

July 12, 2018                                                                            June 7, 2018

August 19, 2018                                                                      July 5, 2018

September 13, 2018                                                                August 2, 2018

October 11, 2018                                                                     September 6, 2018

November 8, 2018                                                                  October 4, 2018

December 13, 2018                                                                 November 1, 2018


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.