Planning Commission

The La Center Planning Commission consists of seven, non-paid, citizen volunteers from the City of La Center. Its goal is to serve the present and future needs of The City of La Center by being a positive link between our community and city government and to address issues and regulations affecting the health, safety and well being of all residents, both residential and commercial.

The Planning Commission’s role includes analyzing and organizing information and data relating to land use and forwarding its recommendations to the La Center City Council, which makes the final decisions. This involves matters dealing with zoning, transportation, public safety and the overall health and vitality of the city itself. The Planning Commission reviews existing policies, requests and recommendations from La Center citizens, and inquiries from owners and developers of potentially annexable properties. The Planning Commission must help guide decisions that impact the City’s budget.

The City of La Center Planning Commission meetings are held, in general, the second Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. We encourage all its citizens to attend to provide their recommendations and comments about the future of La Center.

Commission Members

Chair - Shirin Elkoshairi
Term: January 2021 through January 2025

Vice Chair - Jeremy Smith
Term: January 2021 through January 2025

Secretary - Dennis Hill
Term: January 2022 through January 2026

Dennis Nuttbrock
Term: January 2021 through January 2025

Justin Keeler
Term: February 2022 through February 2026



Planning Commission Vacancy

The City of La Center is accepting applications for

Planning Commissioner Alternate

To Apply Send Letter to

First Review is February 25, 2022 - Open Until Filled

Current Projects

City of La Center Chapter 18.270.010 Home Occupations Code Updates

The City of La Center is updating its home occupation code contained in LCMC 18.270.010. The purpose of this code update is to: • Eliminate the requirement for home occupations within areas subject to home owner’s associations to go through a Type II review process and public notice. • Exempt uses that have no impacts including noise, fumes, light, and traffic or physical changes to the property, meetings at the property, and no employees. • Establish a traffic impact limitations of 1 p.m. peak hour trip.

  • Home Occupations Chapter 18.270.010 Code Update
  • Home Occupations Code SEPA DNS
  • Home Occupations Code Environmental Checklist
  • City of La Center Chapter 18.265 Temporary Use Permit Code Updates

    The City of La Center is updating its code pertaining to Temporary Use Permits contained in LCMC 18.265. The purpose of the code update is to provide more flexibility on temporary use permit extensions and expiration as well as specifying exempt uses that do not require a temporary use permit. The following list specifies the proposed updates to the Temporary Use Permit code contained in LCMC 18.265.

  • Temporary Use Permit Code LCMC Chapter 18.265 Update
  • Temporary Use Code SEPA DNS
  • Temporary Use Code Environmental Checklist
  • City of La Center Parking Code Update

    The City of La Center is updating its code provisions pertaining to parking. The code update will primarily affect LCMC 18.280 (Off-street Parking and Loading), but provisions in other code chapters including LCMC 18.40 (Definitions), LCMC 18.140 (Medium Density Residential District), LCMC 18.158 (La Center Junction Plan Zoning District), 18.165 (Mixed-Use), and 18.245 (Supplementary Development Standards).

  • SEPA Determination of Non-Significance
  • Parking Code Update
  • Environmental Checklist
  • City of La Center SEPA Code Update

    The City of La Center is updating portions of its municipal code to ensure consistency between WAC and other LCMC sections for SEPA Exemptions and Flexible Thresholds. The code updates will update two sections to 1) increase the flexible threshold for fill or excavation to 1,000 cubic yards and 2) update language on optional exemptions that do not apply in critical areas in WAC 197-11-908.

  • SEPA Code Update Planning Commission Public Hearing Notice
  • SEPA Code Update Code Revisions
  • Stay Connected

    The City has is utilizing a CivivWeb Portal for Planning Commission and City Council meetings. Packet materials are now avaiable online by clicking the CivicWeb icon below.

    Community Survey Results

    Recently the Planning Commission has been asking for feedback on how the City should plan for our City's future. The survey's have been flooding in and we appreciate your feedback. Here is a link to the results from our latest three surveys regarding housing, economic development and our parks and trails.


    Please contact Jessica Nash, Permit Technician