Planning Commission

Planning Commission Vacancy

The Planning Commission has a vacancy in Seat 3, District 1. Interested parties are encouraged to send a letter of interest to Dena Martin at The District map is linked below. 

Planning commission members shall be residents of Columbia County and eligible to vote in the county. The selection of planning commission members shall be made from individuals who have an interest in environmental affairs, planning, land use, and residential and commercial development as evidenced by training, work experience, education or general actions.  


Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. with a work session on the fourth Monday, as needed. Meetings are typically held in the Columbia County Planning and Building Department, located at 114 South 2nd Street, Dayton, Washington 99328. In compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, meetings will be held via Zoom when required. Meeting location and login information can be found at the top of the monthly agenda linked below.

Public Hearings

A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 5:35 p.m. to recommend items for the 2023 comprehensive plan docket list. Info linked below:

2023 Comprehensive Plan Docket List

A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 5:40 p.m. to take testimony for or against proposed amendments to Chapter 18.20 Agricultural Zones and 18.35 Agricultural Residential Zones . Info linked below:

Proposed ORD 2022-02 Agricultural Zones

Testimony will be taken in person or via Zoom at the public hearing or comments may be submitted in writing to the Planning Department for inclusion in the record through October 7, 2022. 

NOTICE:  Zoom and phone login information is available on the current Agendas & Meeting Materials link or via the link or phone number below:

 Zoom link: 

Phone: 1-253-215-8782;  ID 829 0057 9353; Passcode 203786

If you have any questions about the Planning Commission or meeting times, agendas, or more, please email  Dena Martin or contact her by phone at (509)382-4676.

District Map (PDF)

Rules and Procedures (PDF)

Planning Commission Board Members

William CarterVice-ChairSeat 1District 2
Jason ToweryCommissionerSeat 2District 2 (float)
VACANTCommissionerSeat 3District 1
Peter PaolinoCommissionerSeat 4District 2 (float)
Charles ReevesChairSeat 5District 3

Agendas & Meeting Materials

Current Agenda and Meeting Packet l View All

Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

Most Recent Minutes l View All

Please contact the Department of Planning and Building for copies of the official, signed minutes which may include minor changes from those posted here.