Mountain Valley

Planning Division

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Our Purpose:

“To help our community define and achieve its preferred future.”

Planning is engaged in a wide range of community development service activities related to subdivision, zoning, environmental, long range comprehensive planning, special projects, intergovernmental coordination, grants and public involvement. Our responsibilities are:

To administer multiple sections of the Yakima County Code (YCC), and to prepare amendments or new codes in order to meet the County’s land development responsibilities under State Law.

To act as the lead agency for conducting environmental review (SEPA) and to coordinate long range comprehensive planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA).

To provide technical support to the Planning Commissions, the Hearing Examiner, Board of Commissioners, task groups and other agencies.



Take the Survey!

Yakima County is seeking your participation and input! We are beginning the process of updating our comprehensive plan, which will guide decisions related to growth and development in unincorporated Yakima County for the next 20 years.

Weekly surveys are now LIVE and will take about three minutes to complete! True to the original design of Vision 2010 a survey for both the Lower Valley and Upper Valley is available in both English and Spanish. The survey page will provide links to all surveys as they go live. Surveys close in December, so don't miss your chance to tell us what you think.

Continue to participate by coming back soon to take new surveys.


Our Sections

Project Coordination
       and Assistance

Project Coordination
& Assistance

Responsible for coordinating projects from pre-application assistance to project close-out.

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Zoning & Subdivision

Regulates development within Yakima County.  Staff reviews plans for new development to ensure those plans comply with the County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances

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Environmental & Natural Resources

Responsible for environmental permits and regulatory compliance associated with Critical Areas, Shorelines and SEPA.


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Long Range Planning

Responsible for the maintenance of the Yakima County Comprehensive Plan and the formulation and amendment of County land use regulations to implement Plan 2015..