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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City of Yakima – YMC 15.08 Sign Code Text Amendments – TXT#005-14, SEPA#029-14

The City of Yakima Planning Division is proposing amendments to the City of Yakima Urban Area Zoning Ordinance amending Yakima Municipal Code Chapter 15.08 Signs to further regulate or permit temporary, roof, wall, display case, fascia, and window signs. 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 January 28, 2015. The next closed record public hearing before the Yakima City Council will is scheduled for February 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. or soon thereafter in the City Hall Council Chambers. Any citizen wishing to comment on the proposed ordinance amendments is welcome to attend the public hearing. Additional information is posted below:

Yakima Airport Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan – SEPA#010-14 

The City of Yakima Department of Community Development is reviewing an environmental review for the proposed Yakima Airport Master Plan and the Airport Layout Plan Update for the Yakima Air Terminal / McAllister Field which is intended to evaluate and determine a short, intermediate and long-term maintenance and development program for the airport. A detailed maintenance program for airside and landside facilities has been formulated, and a 20 year Capital Improvement Program has been prepared. The Capital Improvement Project consists of actions that support continued safe and efficient operation of the airport. Additional information is posted below: