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Community Development Department
The Planning Division is responsible for the timely and accurate review of all land development permits including subdivisions, zoning, and environmental/critical areas review and appeals. This work involves service to the public that starts with initial questions well in advance of any permit application, and continues through the project design phases, and the permit review process including any required public hearings, and ends with official City action on the project permit or with appeals of that City action if appeals are made. The Planning Division also is charged with preserving and enhancing the City's Historic District and other historic structures in the City. In addition, the Planning Division is charged with ensuring that the City's various land development codes are complied with as the land uses on individual properties change over time.
Planning Department Informational Bulletins
Line Adjustment Bulletin
PB-02 Short Plats Bulletin
PB-03 Long Plats Bulletin
PB-04 Conditional Use Permits Bulletin
PB-05 Variances Bulletin
PB-06 Rezones Bulletin
PB-07 Temporary Use Permit Bulletin
PB-08 Site Development Permit Bulletin
PB-09 Design Review Type II Bulletin
PB-10 Master Site Plan Regional Retail
PB-11 Master Site Plan for PR Zones
PB-12 Comp Plan Amendment Bulletin
PB-13 Land Development Code Amendment Bulletin
PB-14 Siting Essential Public Facilities Bulletin
PB-15 Binding Site Plan Bulletin
PB-16 Administrative Variance Bulletin
PB-17 Home Occupation Bulletin
PB-18 Appeals Bulletin
PB-19 Pre-Application Meeting Bulletin
PB-20 Non-Conforming Use Bulletin
PB-21 Small Wind Energy System Bulletin
PB-22 Commercial Wireless Communication Bulletin
PB-23 Code Interpretation (Land Development Code) Bulletin
PB-24 State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Bulletin
PB-25 Landmarks Register Properties Bulletin
PB-26 Land Development Code Departures Bulletin
Critical Areas Requirements
If the proposed building site contains one or more Critical Areas, then the applicant will be required to complete the Critical Area Review process. Critical Areas include streams, wetlands, floodplains, steep or unstable slopes, aquifer recharge areas, and fish & wildlife habitat. The first step is to complete the Critical Area Information Form (PA-02) and submit it prior to applying for a building permit or submit the form with your building permit application. The entire Critical Areas Code can be located in the
Ellensburg City Code (ECC) Title 15, Division 6.
PA-02 Critical Area Information Form
PB-28 Critical Area Review Process
The Critical Area Final Determination may require the landowner or permit applicant to install permanent signage on the site and file a notice with the County Auditor attached to the title.
PF-01 Critical Area Signage and Notice Form
PB-27 Critical Area Signage & Notice on Title Information
The Initial Critical Area Determination may require more information and a Critical Area Report. Below are listed Critical Area Reporting requirements.
PB-29 Critical Area Report Requirements
PB-30 Additional Critical Area Report Requirements for Frequently Flooded Areas
PB-31 Additional Critical Area Report Requirements for Geologic Hazards
PB-32 Additional Critical Area Report Requirements for Fish & Wildlife Habitat
PB-33 Additional Critical Area Report Requirements for Wetlands
PB-34 Additional Critical Area Report Requirements for Aquifer Recharge Areas
Current Comprehensive Plan
Land Development Code History
Short video about Ellensburg's Comprehensive Plan
Public Participation Plan
Code Enforcement - complaints
Petition for annexation form
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Ellensburg, WA 98926
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