Boundary Review Board

The Washington State Boundary Review Board for Chelan County reviews proposals for boundary changes by cities, towns and special-purpose districts (such as fire districts) within Chelan County, including city or district annexations.

Among the objectives of a Boundary Review Board are: preservation of natural neighborhoods and communities; the prevention of abnormally irregular boundaries; incorporation as cities or towns, or annexation to cities or towns of unincorporated areas that are urban in nature; and the protection of agricultural and rural lands, as designated for long-term production in an adopted comprehensive plan.

The Board must base its decisions on specific factors and objectives stated in the Boundary Review Board Act (RCW 36.93). It can approve, modify and approve, or deny a proposal. Its decisions are final unless appealed to the Superior Court of Chelan County.

The Board is a quasi-judicial, administrative body. This means it makes decisions following procedures like those of a court of law, but only in a narrow administrative role. For example, after hearing sworn testimony from witnesses, the Board can decide on proposed new city boundaries (i.e. annexations). Board members cannot decide what the zoning should be, or whether a site should be in or out of an urban growth area — zoning and urban growth area boundaries are under the authority of the cities and county.

Board members are residents of Chelan County. The Board consists of five members, two of whom are appointed by the Governor, one by the mayors of the cities in the county, one by the Board of Chelan County Commissioners, and one by the Board itself. Members are not allowed to hold other local government elected or appointed positions or jobs.

The Board employs a non-member through the Chelan County Assessor’s Office to serve as the Chief Clerk. The Chelan County Prosecutor's Office provides legal counsel.

 

Rules of Practice & Procedure

The Rules of Practice and Procedure and the Notice of Intention Form have been been adopted by the Board. The Notice of Adoption of Rules of Practice and Procedure and the Notice of Intention Form have been filed in Chelan County Superior Court.

Posted: 11/23/2021 01:52 PM
Last Updated: 10/24/2023 02:46 PM

Chelan County Calendar

Upcoming events and schedules at the county!

  • 27
    Mar 2024
    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Planning Commission - March 27, 2024

    Posted by: Community Development

    400 Douglas Street
  • 20
    Mar 2024
    06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Connect with Chelan County: District 1 Meeting

    Posted by: Board Of County Commissioners

    The Chelan County team is coming to a community near you. In March commissioners and a variety of department directors will hold a series of community-led discussions in each of the three districts the commissioners represent.

    Wenatchee High School (new commons area)
  • 13
    Mar 2024
    06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Connect with Chelan County: District 3 Meeting

    Posted by: Board Of County Commissioners

    The Chelan County team is coming to a community near you. In March, Chelan County commissioners and a variety of department directors will hold a series of community-led discussions in each of the three districts commissioners represent.

    Chelan City Hall
  • 09
    Mar 2024
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    March Parenting Class - English and Spanish

    Posted by: Superior Court Clerk

    Supporting Children Through Divorce is a four-hour educational program designed to help parents focus on the needs of their children during and after divorce and separation.

    Chelan County Administration Building - Enter building from Douglas Street
  • 06
    Mar 2024
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Chelan County Civil Service Commission

    Posted by: Human Resources

    The Chelan County Civil Service Commission will be meeting on March 6, 2024.

    Chelan County Commissioners Office, meeting room No. 1