Signe Backman, Chair
Dave Gauger, Vice Chair
Nelia E. Woods
Meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 5 pm in Raymond at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 230 Second St., Raymond, WA 98577. In the event the date falls on a holiday, the meeting will be held on the next regular business day.
The Planning Commission shall have all powers and perform all duties specified for the planning agency by Chapter 35A.63 RCW, together with any other duties or authority which may be conferred upon them by laws of the State, or the ordinances of the City; provided, that nothing in Raymond Municipal Code (RMC) 2.75 shall be constructed as limiting the right of the City to exercise any power granted to any class of City as provided by law.
The Planning Commission members volunteer to serve for a 4 year term. Applicants are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Their duties include overseeing planning and development, reviewing applications, and making recommendations to the City Council. The City Council retains authority to make the final decision.
The Planning Commission shall conduct public hearings relating to the comprehensive plan and the implementation thereof, including but not limited to zoning, official map, platting, and subdivision regulations. The Planning Commission is also authorized to review and make recommendations on proposed land use ordinances involving land use, and the adoption/enforcement of coordinated plans and regulations for the physical development of the City.
GROWTH MANAGEMENT ACT
The City of Raymond has received grant funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce and Department of Ecology to conduct the Growth Management Act (GMA) periodic review and update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations required by RCW 36.70A.130(4).
Every City needs to plan for growth in order to provide a healthy future for its citizens. Cities adopt comprehensive plans that spell out a specific vision for how the City will develop while protecting critical natural resources and open space. Engaging citizens in the process of developing a comprehensive plan ensures that everyone works together to come up with a shared vision for the future and shares the work of achieving it. (AWC, Roles & Responsibilities of City officials, Copyright 2011 by Association of Washington Cities, Inc. All right reserved.)