The next meeting scheduled for June 12, 2024, has been canceled. When available, click on the meeting date to view the agenda details. The agenda packet and meeting minutes can be accessed below.

City of Yakima Planning Commission – Established by Ordinance 2010-022, current ordinance can be viewed here.

MembersYear AppointedTerm Expiration
Jacob Liddicoat (Chair)2020 reappointed06/30/2024
Leanne Hughes-Mickel2022 reappointed06/30/2026
Mary Place2022 reappointed06/30/2026
Charles Hitchcock202306/30/2027
Lisa Wallace (Vice Chair)202006/30/2024
Colleda Monick202206/30/2026
Frieda Stephens202206/30/2026
Jeff Baker202406/30/2028
Anne Knapp 202406/30/2028
Shelley White202406/30/2028
Philip Ostriem202406/30/2028

Staff Contact:  Trevor Martin, Planning Manager – trevor.martin@yakimawa.gov

Meetings:  2nd and 4th Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers – meetings are held in person

Members:  11 members; 4-year terms. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.

Residency requirements:  No person shall hold the office of member of the city planning commission unless that person is either (1) a resident of the city of Yakima, or (2) an owner of a business or of real property that is located within the city of Yakima.

Term limitations:  Two

Bylaws: Planning Commission By-Laws as Amended 06-05-2018

Effective April 8, 2024, the Planning Commission will be expanded to 11 members. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Tree Board will serve as subcommittees to the Commission. A maximum of one member from each of these subcommittees may apply to serve on the Planning Commission if they meet the minimum qualifications. See the following press release for more details: https://www.yakimawa.gov/media/news/volunteer-opportunities-on-the-yakima-planning-commission/. Anyone interested in applying for this commission can download an application from  https://www.yakimawa.gov/council/boards-commissions/ or can pick up an application at the City Clerk’s office at Yakima City Hall. Please visit the City of Yakima Boards and Commissions for more information.

What is the role of the Yakima Planning Commission?

In accordance with Yakima Municipal Code Chapter 1.42.030, the Planning Commission is tasked with the following duties:

  1. Serve as the long-range planning body for the city of Yakima;
  2. Monitor the growth and development of the city and continually reevaluate and recommend to the city council revisions to the comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance for the city;
  3. Develop and recommend to the city council a subdivision ordinance for the city and revisions thereto;
  4. Investigate and make recommendations on other land use matters as may be requested by the city council or on its own initiative;
  5. Study and report on all proposed text changes to land use ordinances;
  6. Advise the city council on land use matters;
  7. Monitor the hearings of the hearing examiner in order to remain informed on development activities, public concerns and the decisions of the hearing examiner;
  8. Such other planning functions as authorized or required by law or ordinance or as requested or assigned by the city council.