The Community Development Department's 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 the prevention of decay and degradation of neighborhoods, business districts, and parks.
The department operates under the direction of the Mayor to carry out City Council policies and procedures.
The City of West Richland Community Development Department is responsible for the following divisions.
Residential and Commercial Building Permits
Planning, Parks, & Economic Development Division
City's Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and subdivision regulations
Comprehensive Plan (Land Use) Map
Economic development programs and initiatives
GIS and mapping
Land use and building codes, programs, and regulations
Land use studies, annexations, environmental studies, special permit requirements, and variance requests
Park programming and reservations
State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) analysis and notifications
Site plan review
Staff assistance to city volunteer boards and commissions (Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Board, and Board of Adjustments)