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Planning Division
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
  • PB-01 Boundary Line Adjustment 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



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    501 North Anderson Street
    Ellensburg, WA 98926
    (509) 962-7204