Clark County Council appoints three residents to Planning Commission

All three terms begin Jan. 1, 2019

VANCOUVER — The Clark County Council has re-appointed Steve Morasch to the Clark County Planning Commission for a six-year term and Karl Johnson for a four-year term. The council also appointed Rick Torres for a four-year term. All three terms begin Jan. 1, 2019.

Morasch is a local lawyer representing developers and land owners in land use permitting process. He has experience in land use, transportation planning, growth management and has served on the Planning Commission since 2007.

Johnson previously worked as a teacher at Battle Ground Public Schools. He is a past manager and owner of various construction companies and has served on the Planning Commission since 2013.

New to the Planning Commission, Torres is a Leadership Clark County graduate and currently serves on the Clark County Civil Service Commission. Torres works as a business development manager and has extensive military and police experience including working as a patrol sergeant for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The Planning Commission consists of seven county residents who advise the county council on land-use issues.

The commission typically conducts a formal public hearing on the third Thursday of each month. Hearings and work sessions are held in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. Archived videos of the hearings can be viewed on CVTV Channel 23.

Other Planning Commission members are Ronald H. Barca, Richard Bender, Robin Grimwade and Matt Swindell.

Learn more about the Planning Commission on the county’s website at


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