The Planning Department promotes the community’s vision to accommodate quality growth, consistent with the City's Comprehensive Plan. The City of Cashmere is required to maintain an up-to-date comprehensive plan in accordance with the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) (see Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 36.70A). The GMA establishes the primacy of the comprehensive plan as the foundation for local planning decisions. Consequently, development regulations (zoning, subdivision) and other forms of implementation, including capital facility projects, must be consistent with adopted comprehensive plans. The department has two main focuses: long-range planning and land use permits.
The Planning Department provides information to the general public and the development community on the City's Comprehensive Plan, land use policies and statewide planning goals. It implements the plans through the daily application of the development code, which involves the processing of a variety of land use applications ranging from subdivisions to shoreline management and variance. The department reviews all site plans to ensure the proposed development meets the criteria for zoning, setbacks, landscaping, access, and other regulations established by the City Council for safety and orderly growth.
In addition to current planning associated with immediate development, the Planning Department provides comprehensive planning services as directed by the City Council work plan, which is developed each January.
In 1997, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed and set forth between Chelan County and the Cities of Wenatchee, Chelan, Cashmere, Leavenworth and Entiat on adoption and implementation of the unincorporated Urban Growth Area Land Use Regulations and Development Standards. Land use regulations include zoning code, subdivision code, shoreline master program, State Environmental Policy Act and regulatory reform regulations.
The City of Cashmere Hearing Examiner conducts public hearings on various land use applications, appeals of land use determinations made by administrative review, and certain other quasi-judicial matters. This includes applications for rezones, preliminary plats, variances, conditional use permits and shoreline permits.
Decisions by the Hearing Examiner are subject to appeal to Superior Court based on the record established before the Examiner.
*Please note: The Hearing Examiner is an attorney appointed by the City of Cashmere. The Hearing Examiner's Office is not part of the City.
For planning related applications and forms please see Online Forms & Applications.
Current Planning and Land Use permit questions contact Tammy Miller
Long-range planning questions on applications or procedures contact Steve Croci
or call City Hall 782-3513.
- Permit Process Brochure
- Conditional Use Permit Brochure
- Variance Permit Brochure
- Large Subdivision Brochure
- Short Subdivision Brochure
For a copy of the planning fees please see the fee schedule.