City of Yakima

Mission Statement

The mission of the Planning Division is to assist the citizens of Yakima in the achievement of their personal and community development goals. We will provide this service on an individual and timely basis with a commitment to community values, ecological principals for protection of the environment, while evaluating competing priorities and interests.

Our goals for accomplishment of this mission are as follows:

  • Provide superior public service in a responsive manner;

  • Coordinate information and provide technical support to all other departments and City officials;

  • Strive to arrive at decisions that will best serve the entire community and improve quality of life within our community;

  • Implement the policies of the elected representatives of the City;

  • Dedicate all of our professional and technical skills to the enhancement of the quality of life for every citizen of the City of Yakima;

  • Adhere to ecological principals for the protection of the environment, as well as preserve the heritage of and investment in the built environment;

  • Systematically and critically analyze proposals related to land development and evaluate competing priorities and interests in order to provide recommendations for action.


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Proposed text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance 1) the City of Yakima Hearing Examiner’s 1992 and 1995 definition for a “Mission”, permitted in the Central Business District (CBD), General Commercial (GC), and Light Industrial (M-1) zoning districts; and 2) a proposal for a new definition for “Resource Service Center” defined as: “means a mixed use facility providing programs, resources, assistance and temporary shelter to homeless and pre-homeless populations of the immediate community.”. This application will require two public hearings; one before the Yakima Planning Commission to be followed by a public hearing before the Yakima City Council. The public hearing before the City of Yakima Planning Commission was held on Wednesday March 25, 2015. The next meeting regarding this issue will be on April 29, 2015 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 129 North 2nd Street. Additional information is posted below:



Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is requesting an unclassified use interpretation for a proposal to establish a new use in the Yakima Municipal Code (YMC) § 15.04 Table 4-1 Table of Permitted Uses in the SCC zoning district, and YMC § 15.02 Definitions for a “Community Resource Service Center” defined as “a mixed use facility providing programs, resources, assistance and temporary shelter to homeless and pre-homeless populations of the immediate community.” This request requires that the Hearing Examiner hold a public hearing. This public hearing was held on Thursday April 2, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Yakima Convention Center, 10 N. 8th St., Yakima, WA. Additional information is posted below: