City of Vancouver seeks applicants for Planning Commission

Two openings exist for volunteers; application deadline is Nov. 9

VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on its volunteer Planning Commission. Completed applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m., Fri., Nov. 9.

Both of the open positions are currently held by individuals whose terms are expiring. These individuals may or may not reapply for their positions. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any other qualifying applicants.

The city’s seven-member Planning Commission serves as a citizen advisory body, and makes recommendations to the Vancouver City Council on the comprehensive plan, sub-area plans, zoning and other land use matters.

The Vancouver Planning Commission reflects a broad range of neighborhoods, professional and community experience and perspectives, and seeks to be representative of the cultural diversity of the Vancouver community. The commission is seeking candidates with interest and experience in community planning, urban design or housing development, and who are active in business, neighborhood or community affairs. Applicants must also be city residents.

Participation in the Planning Commission requires a significant time commitment of approximately 15 hours per month. This includes regular attendance at meetings at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at City Hall (415 W. Sixth St. Vancouver). Attendance at other sub-committee or city council meetings may also be required. Commissioners prepare for meetings by reviewing a variety of maps and technical information, and making site visits.

Applicants may apply online at For an application or additional information, contact Michelle Bartley by mail at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by phone at (360) 487-8607, or by email at

For more information about the city’s Planning Commission, including links to meeting agendas and minutes, please visit To view video of past meetings, visit  

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