Mountain Valley

Planning Division

      Lynn Deitrick, AICP
      Division Manager
      Jason Earles, Section Manager
      Zoning and Subdivision
      Tommy Carroll, Section Manager
      Long Range and Environmental

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.


Comprehensive Plan Amendment Schedule:

Notice is hereby given that Yakima County Public Services will accept Site Specific Comprehensive Plan Map Amendments applications, as well as Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment Request Forms for the 2015 calendar year. Applications and request forms must be submitted in person, with the appropriate fees to Yakima County Public Services, Fourth Floor, Yakima County Courthouse, 128 N 2nd Street, Yakima, prior to Friday, May 15, 2015 by 4:00 pm to be considered for the 2015 amendment cycle.

Please note that applicants must meet with planning staff prior to submitting an application for a plan amendment to ensure the submittal of a complete application. Applications for plan map amendments and request forms for plan text amendments are available on the Yakima County Public Services website at: Forms or at the Planning Division on the Fourth Floor of the Yakima County Courthouse. Please contact Judy Pozarich at 509-574-2300 if you have any questions.


Comprehensive Plan – Horizon 2040 Information


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..