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Planning Commission

The planning commission’s seven members are all Clark County residents from a variety of geographic, occupational, and community interest backgrounds. Each is appointed for either a four- or six-year term.

The commission generally meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the hearing room of the Clark County Public Service Center, sixth floor, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver. The commission also conducts work sessions on an as-needed basis. These generally are held the first and third Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. in the training room (6th floor) of the Public Service Center.

What the commission does

The planning commission sits in an advisory role to the Board of Clark County Commissioners, making formal decisions which go to the board as recommendations. The board places considerable weight upon the commission’s recommendations. Citizen participation with the commission can be influential in the eventual outcome of board decisions.

State statutes set forth the planning commission’s role. The commission operates for the most part in a legislative role but also has a quasi-judicial role.

Legislative matters it considers generally involve the entire community or large segments of it. Examples of legislative considerations might include updates of comprehensive master plans for parks and schools, watershed plan studies, and matters generally pertaining to growth management legislation; new codes to implement the comprehensive plan; planning policies or text changes in a zoning ordinance.

The planning commission’s quasi-judicial role is more narrowly focused, involving single properties or small groups of properties. Typically, the commission’s involvement in this category consists of conducting the annual comprehensive land-use plan change request process. Here the commission looks at changes to the plan requested by a group of citizens or an individual. Normally, interested citizens should file these requests in November and December for consideration early the following year.

You and the planning commission: public participation

Public comments is welcome at Clark County Planning Commission hearings. Written comments to the commission on agenda items also are welcome generally up to and including the day of consideration. In addition, each planning commission agenda stipulates a time at which citizens can comment on any relevant matter in addition to those already on the agenda.

Minutes are recorded for all planning commission meetings and are available to the public. They are sent to the Board of Clark County Commissioners only if the planning commission is making a recommendation to the board or if it is an issue requiring the board’s decision. Submit your comments to:

Planning Commission
PO Box 9810
Vancouver WA 98666-9810

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Public Information and Outreach
Director: Mary Keltz

Street address: 1300 Franklin Street, Floor 6, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-6012 | FAX: (360) 397-6015
E-mail: pio@clark.wa.gov
Responsible elected official: Board of Clark County Commissioners

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