Seeking Volunteers for Land Use & Planning Board
Accepting applications through November 22, 2019.
Do you have an interest in city codes and ordinances, land use plan updates, long range planning and economic development? Consider becoming a volunteer for the Land Use & Planning Board.
The Land Use & Planning Board occasionally has vacancies, so we are always seeking eager volunteers who have an interest in city codes and ordinances, land use plan updates, long range planning and economic development.
The Land Use and Planning Board is a seven-member volunteer board that conducts workshops and public hearings on city codes and ordinances, land use plan updates, and matters typically associated with Long Range Planning functions. The Land Use and Planning Board's responsibility is to issue recommendations to the City Council, which in turn makes final decisions.
The Land Use and Planning Board generally meets twice monthly at 7:00 PM on the second and fourth Monday of the month in City Council Chambers:
- 2nd Mondays are typically workshops
- 4th Mondays are typically public hearings
The timing of holidays may lead to changes in the scheduling of workshops and public hearings, and some months there are no meetings due to project timing.
What Happens at LUPB Workshops?
Workshop meetings offer the opportunity for members of the Land Use and Planning Board to hear, discuss, and comment upon informational presentations by staff on planning and regulatory issues. Workshops are not recorded meetings, and there is typically no public comment to be received by the Board in workshops.
What Happens at LUPB Public Hearings?
Public hearings are recorded meetings that offer residents and the Land Use and Planning Board the opportunity to testify about planning and regulatory issues. After considering staff recommendations and public testimony, the Land Use and Planning Board may resolve by vote to act in any of the following manners regarding a land use issue:
1) vote to send a recommendation to the City Council that effectively adopts, amends or denies the staff recommendation;
2) vote to continue the public hearing to another date; or
3) vote to send the issue back to a Land Use & Planning Board Workshop.
How Does a Person Get Appointed to the LUPB?
Any city of Kent resident who is interested in being appointed to the Land Use and Planning Board is invited to submit an application for appointment. A typical term to serve is 3 years. The Mayor interviews and appoints board members and the City Council confirms them.
Have questions about the LUPB?
Contact Hayley Bonsteel, AICP, Long Range Planning Manager for the City of Kent, at HBonsteel@KentWA.gov.
The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m., November 22, 2019. Apply online now!