Long Range Planning

The Long Range Planning Division is tasked with maintaining and updating the County’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations. Each year in the month April the Board of County Commissioners approve a project list, known as The Docket. The Docket may include projects which reflect changes in the County and rural communities, county-adopted city Urban Growth Area plans, State law, citizen requests, or other inconsistencies.

The Long Range Planning Division works closely with the County’s Planning Commission to review the Docket items and make recommendations for changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations. All recommendations are forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for final consideration and potential adoption.

Individual citizens and groups may request amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations by submitting an application. Anyone considering this type of application is encouraged to contact the Long Range Planning Staff at 509-667-6225 or by email at CDPlanning@co.chelan.wa.us.

The Planning Commission is a voluntary group of individuals appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.

Comprehensive Planning

Chelan County was created in 1899 out of Okanogan and Kittitas Counties. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2921 square miles as of 2010 and a population of 76338 as of July 2016. 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).

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2017-2037 Chelan County Comprehensive Plan

2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendments


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 has been adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in December of 2017. Final review and approval is pending with the Department of Ecology.