Electric City Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is a public advisory board and its purpose is to review and advise the City Council on public and private activities involving the physical, social, and economic development of the City and to review and make a comprehensive plan for the physical development of the City. The Commission also reviews and advises the City Council on matters concerning long range planning for land within the City boundaries and areas outside the City boundaries which relate to the City’s long-range planning. This is a volunteer position. The Planning Commission affords residents the opportunity to actively participate in the planning of the City and its welfare; to learn all facets of the regulations governing such functions; interact with a wide variety of citizens participating in shaping Electric City’s future; and assume an active role in regulation changes involving zoning and subdivision activity.
The following duties of the Planning Commission are illustrative only and are not intended to be all inclusive: The Planning Commission has the primary responsibility for approving the City's comprehensive plan. This document includes City policy statements on annexation, growth, transportation, economic development, parks and open space and the environment. The Commission reviews all proposed amendments to the comprehensive plan and periodically conducts special studies to keep the plan current or assigns related studies to city staff or to consultants. The Commission advises the City Council on annexations, zoning related issues, subdivision development, and architectural and site plan reviews. It is the deciding body on special use review applications. Uses designated special use are conditional uses which may or may not be appropriate in a particular location depending on the nature of the proposed use, its relationship to surrounding land use, its impact on traffic capacities, and potential environmental effects. The Planning Commission reviews special use applications, so the community is assured that the uses are compatible with their locations and surrounding land uses. The Commission cooperates with other municipal or regional planning commissions, and other agencies or groups, to further local planning programs and to assure harmonious and integrated planning for the area.
The role of the Planning Commission liaison is an ex-officio non-voting member that provides a bridge between the Planning Commission and Electric City’s City Council.
The Commission receives direction from, and is responsible to, the City Council, and is supported by administrative staff from the City.
In the preparation of plans, the Commission has the authority to conduct open public hearings, investigations, studies, surveys, prepare maps, charts, exhibits, reports, and to perform all other acts and duties necessary to the promotion of public interest and understanding of the Commission’s programs and plans.
Candidates for the Planning Commission must be a resident of Electric City, registered voter, and must have resided within the Grand Coulee Dam Area for at least one year.
As of August 11, 2020, the City Planning Commission consists of five (5) members who are appointed by the City Council after appropriate interviews. Planning Commission members serve terms of four (4) years, however, the terms are initially staggered so that the terms of no more than two (2) members of the Planning Commission expire at any one time.
2020 Planning Commissioners
Left to Right: Ian Turner, Brian Buche (Council Liaison), Don Redfield (Chairman), Steve McDaniel, Alric Miller, Doug Lockard (Secretary)