Planning Commission

Cathlamet, WA, USA - PC
The Town of Cathlamet is accepting applications to fill (5) five vacant positions on the Cathlamet Planning Commission to serve the Town Council as an advisory body with power to recommend policy. (CMC 2.50)

There is hereby created a planning commission consisting of five members appointed by the mayor, subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the town council. The term of office of the five commissioners shall be for four years and staggered in such a way that the terms of three commissioners shall expire in even-numbered years and the terms of two commissioners shall expire in odd-numbered years.



Eligibility: Two members may be out-of-town residents living anywhere in Wahkiakum County. The other three members must be in-town residents. In selecting the planning commission, the town council shall seek to ensure representation that includes members with an understanding of architecture and urban planning, economic development, community involvement, and the specific concerns of Cathlamet residents and business operators.

Training: 
Every member of the governing body of a public agency must complete training on the requirements of the OPMA & PRA no later than ninety days after the date the member assumes public office and such training must be repeated every 4-years while in office. (RCW 42.30.205; 42.56.150)

Availability: A commissioner shall attend no less than 80 percent of regular meetings during any 12-month period. Two members of the planning commission may be residents of Wahkiakum County; and the remaining members must be town residents. Members should have a general understanding of architecture, urban planning, economic development, community involvement, and the specific concerns of Cathlamet residents and business operators.

Application: A completed Town Planning Commission Application must be upload to your website application submission or returned to the Clerk-Treasurer at Town Hall, 375 2nd Street, Cathlamet, WA 98612.
Planning commissioners shall serve without compensation.
The planning commission shall serve as the principal advisory board to the town council with responsibility for providing guidance and direction for land use policy.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing recommendations to the town council for development and review of the comprehensive plan in compliance with Chapter 36.70A RCW. This includes establishing procedures providing for early and continuous public participation in the development and amendment of the comprehensive land use plan and development regulations implementing the plan. 
  • Periodically reviewing and recommending amendments to the zoning map and table of permitted uses.
  • Periodically reviewing and recommending amendments to the development regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the town council relating to subjects referred to in Chapter 35.63 RCW.
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