Lewis County Planning Commission

Purpose

The Planning Commission assists the Community Development department in carrying out its duties, including assistance in the preparation and execution of the comprehensive plan and the adoption of development regulations for Lewis County, Washington. The Planning Commission holds workshops and public hearings and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners, whom ultimately vote to approve amendments to the County’s comprehensive plan and development regulations.

Members

The Planning Commission is made up of seven (7) members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Any resident in Lewis County can apply to serve on the Planning Commission. The Board of County Commissioners strives to appoint members that represent varying geographic, demographic and socio-economic perspectives. Commissioners serve for a four (4) year term and can serve a maximum of three (3) terms. If you are interested in serving on the Planning Commission, please contact Mindy Brooks at mindy.brooks@lewiscountywa.gov for more information.

Planning Commissioner

District

Current Term End Date

Lorie Spogen, Chair

1

12/31/2021

Jeff Millman

3

12/31/2023

Leslie Myers

1

12/31/2022

Stephen Hueffed

2

12/31/2023

Frank Corbin

3

12/31/2023

Bob Russell

2

12/31/2021

Schedule

The Planning Commission meets on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are currently being held via Zoom. The Zoom link is found in the agenda for the meeting and the agendas are located on the Events page. All meetings are open to the public.

Upcoming Meetings

Public Participation

The pubic is encouraged to communicate with the Planning Commission. At the end of every Planning Commission meeting there is a public comment period where you may address the Planning Commission on planning related topics that are not quasi-judicial (see note below). You will have three (3) minutes to provide comments.

The public is also invited to provide testimony when an item is the subject of a public hearing. Testimony can be provided in writing to Mindy Brooks at mindy.brooks@lewiscountywa.gov or orally at the public hearing. Please check the Events page to see if there are any upcoming public hearings. Hearings are also noticed in The Chronicle.

Important note - Quasi-judicial actions are changes to zoning (aka rezones). An example is when a property owner requests to have their zoning changed from ARL to RDD-20. Commissioners are not allowed to hear public comments about quasi-judicial actions outside of a public hearing.

Quasi-judicial actions are different than legislative actions.

Legislative actions include changes to the Countywide Planning Policies, amendments to urban growth area boundaries, updates to a planning document (e.g., Shoreline Management Program) and changes to development regulations (e.g., subdivision code or Critical Areas). The public may provide comments on legislative actions to the Planning Commission at any time.

If you do not see an upcoming meeting on a topic you are interested in, that means the meeting has not been set yet. You can subscribe to the Lewis County Planning Announcements email list to get notifications of upcoming meetings.