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Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is an essential part of the public process and community planning. State laws require each county to have a group of citizen advisors to address land use matters. The planning commission is a group of citizen volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners who make recommendations to the Board on planning decisions. Workshops and public hearings of the Planning Commission are an important public forum where public opinion and advice becomes part of the County’s records and decision making process.

Meetings and topics are listed in the newspaper, on the County website, and are posted at post offices and libraries of the affected communities before the meeting is held. Study documents and proposed actions are available at the Community Development and Planning Department, and may be found on this web site under Current Projects, or Planning Commission. Long range Planners provide support for the Planning Commission meetings by writing staff reports that review changes to plans and the development code, and for taking Planning Commission recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.

Lynda Guernsey, Departmental Assistant, is the clerk for the Planning Commission. She is responsible for recording and taking minutes at the meetings and workshops, compiling findings and recommendations, drafting and posting agendas, arranging meeting places, coordinating travel and transporation plans, etc. If you have any questions pertaining to meetings or agendas, please contact her at 360-370-7579.

Planning Commissioners are:

TitleMemberTermExpiresPosition
Vice ChairKarin Agosta4 Year12/15San Juan Island , Position #5
SecretaryTimothy Blanchard4 Year12/16 Orcas Island, Position #2
 Mike Carlson4 Year12/17San Juan Island, Position #4
 Brian Ehrmantraut4 Year12/14Orcas Island, Position #6
 Bob Gamble4 Year12/15Orcas Island, Position #7
 Mike Pickett4 Year12/17San Juan Island, Position #8
 Thomas Starr4 Year12/17San Juan Island, Position #1
CHAIRBarbara Thomas4 Year12/15Lopez/Shaw, Position #9
 VACANT4 Year12/13Lopez/Shaw, Position #3