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RECALLED: City seeks applicants for Planning Commission vacancy - 08/13/19

RECALLED: This release is still being drafted and was sent out by accident. The final release will go out on August 28. Please ignore this version. We regret the error.


Vancouver, Washington – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on its Planning Commission. Applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

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

The commission membership 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. Qualifying applicants must also be available for an interview with Vancouver City Councilmembers on Monday, Oct. 21.

The open position is currently held by an individual whose term is expiring. This individual may or may not reapply for their position. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any other qualifying candidates.

Participation in the Vancouver Planning Commission requires a significant time commitment of approximately 15 hours per month. This includes regular attendance at bi-monthly meetings at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Attendance at other sub-committee or City Council meetings may be required. Commissioners prepare for meetings by reviewing a variety of staff reports, maps and technical information, and by making site visits.

Applicants may apply online at To receive a paper application or to get additional information, please contact Michelle Bartley 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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