Updated Development Regulations
The City of Cle Elum has initiated a process to review and update the regulations governing new planning, land use, and development activities. Currently, these regulations can be found in several different Titles of the Cle Elum Municipal Code including:
- Title 15 Buildings and Construction
- Title 16 Subdivisions
- Title 17 Zoning
- Title 18 Critical Areas Development
On February 28, 2022, the City Council adopted Ordinance 1621 establishing a new Title 14, the Cle Elum Unified Development Code. This ordinance repealed selected provisions in Title 15 and 17 and replaced them with new provisions in Title 14 for administering the City’s Development Regulations, including the procedures for processing land use applications. As the remaining chapters are reviewed by the Planning Commission and updated by the City Council, they will be added to the new Title 14 and the old provisions deleted, so that at the end of the process all of the City’s Development Regulations will have been reviewed, updated, and streamlined and will be found in a single, unified title of the Municipal Code.
Please note that the City regulations preserving and protecting environmentally sensitive areas, also known as critical areas, are currently under review by the Planning Commission and will be distributed for public review and comment soon. Please click on the following links to see the updated versions of the Development Regulations currently in effect:
- Title 14 Unified Development Code (as established by Ordinance 1621).
- Title 15 Buildings and Construction (as amended by Ordinance 1621).
- Title 16 Subdivisions (no recent revisions).
- Title 17 Zoning (as amended by Ordinance 1621).
- Title 18 Critical Areas Development (no recent revisions; however, revisions are pending and once completed the Critical Areas Ordinance will be recodified within Title 14).
Join the City of Cle Elum Planning Commission
The City of Cle Elum Planning Commission has one vacancy and is seeking interested members of the public to apply for appointment. The Planning Commission is a quasi-judicial body that reviews and approves land use decisions, and permits such as conditional use permits, and is tasked with developing and implementing the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission also reviews and makes recommendations to City Council on actions such as rezones, subdivisions, and development agreements.
The Planning Commission currently meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, meetings are currently held in a ‘hybrid’ format, with attendance options at City Hall and via Zoom. This may change depending on the state of the public health emergency.