Long Range Planning

The Long Range Planning Division is the lead agency responsible for long range comprehensive planning. This includes revised zoning, permit procedures, development standards and the subdivision codes as implementing regulations for the Chelan County Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan and development regulations are revised and updated on an annual basis.

Comprehensive Planning

Chelan County was created in 1899 out of Okanogan and Kittitas Counties. According to the Census bureau, the county has a total area of 2,994 square miles and a population of 73,967. The county is led by 3 elected officials serving on the Board of County Commissioners, each representing a specific area of the county Commissioner District 1, 2, and 3).


Shoreline Master Plan

The current Shoreline Master Program was adopted by Chelan County Regional and the Washington Department of Ecology on April 22, 1975. It was prepared by a group of Chelan County citizens to be consistent with the purpose of the Shoreline Management Act of 1971 (RCW 90.58), “in managing and protecting the shorelines of the state by regulating development in the shoreline area”.

Since 1975, the State regulations and shoreline conditions have changed requiring an update to the Shoreline Master Program. The Update process started October 2007 and is currently being reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners. Final review and approval occur with the Department of Ecology.