The City of Cle Elum’s Planning Department’s objective is to preserve and enhance the community’s character by using current and long-range planning techniques.
The Planning Department is the keeper of geographical data such as Geographic Information System (GIS) data and maps, including the City Zoning Map. Planning is also the administrative authority over site and design review, grading and excavation permits, sign permits, environmental permitting such as critical areas protection and floodplains, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and many other aspects of development and long range planning.
The Planning Department facilitates the Cle Elum Planning Commission, which is a quasi-jurisdictional body that reviews and approves land use decisions, and permits such as conditional use permits and development agreements, and is tasked with developing and maintaining the City Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission also reviews and makes recommendations to City Council on actions such as rezones, and subdivisions.
The Historic Preservation Commission is also under the Planning Department umbrella. They review and make decisions on historical register properties, and historic related development, particularly within the downtown core area.
The Planning Department is also responsible for Code Enforcement within the City (excluding animals, parking, or other law enforcement issues).
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Where can I obtain general information about zoning, long range planning, sign code, and other planning questions?
Q: Where can I obtain a current Zoning and/or Land Use Map?
A: Hard copy maps are available at City Hall during business hours. A lists of electronic maps are below:
- Zoning Map PDF
- Land Use PDF
- Kittitas Compas (Kittitas County Assessor)
- – Search for a parcel number in the upper left search field.
- – Scroll in and out of the map using the +/- symbols next to the search field or by using the scroll wheel on your mouse.
- – When on the site, turn on the Zoning layer by clicking on the four squares icon at the top right of the screen and choosing Zoning.
Q: How do I amend the Comprehensive Plan?
A: Using the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Form.
Q: What can I do/build on my parcel?