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 principles for protection of the environment, while evaluating competing priorities and interests. 

Our goals for accomplishment of this mission are as follows: img_7396

  • 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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Recent issues in Planning. For information on other projects please visit our Online Permit Center or Weekly Agenda for Current Planning Applications.



Land Use Action Signs

For some land use review processes, a land use action sign is required to be posted by the applicant to help inform neighbors, property owners, and others who frequently pass by the area that a project is being proposed at that location. This method of notification is in addition to other notice requirements dictated by the Yakima Municipal Code. The following are a few examples of review types which may require posting of a land use action sign:

– SEPA Environmental Review
– Type 3 Reviews
– Rezones
– Right-of-Way Vacations
– Preliminary Long Plat Subdivisions

If you’ve seen one of these signs in your area and would like more information on what is being proposed at that location, contact us at (509) 575-6183 or email to: ask.planning@yakimawa.gov. You may also find what you are looking for on our weekly agenda of current planning applications.