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
 Kathleen Smith
 Chad Utecht

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  – Cancelled                                             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.