Planning Division

The Community Development office is currently open to the public with restrictions.  Customers must wear face coverings per the Governor’s Orders. Please adhere to 6-foot physical distancing. Stay home if you are not feeling well.

We continue to encourage our customers to access services online, by phone, or by email.  Staff will be available for limited in-person meetings by appointment only

If your submitted project already has a designated planner, please direct your inquiries to the assigned planner.  If you have questions on specific topics, please contact the appropriate Planning staff member as follows: 

Planner Laura Wilson, wilsonl@ci.ellensburg.wa.us, or call 509-962-7235

  • Short Plats and BLA’s
  • Site Development Permits
  • Administrative Variances
  • Sidewalk Use Permits
  • Zoning Verification

Senior Planner Shannon Johnson, johnsons@ci.ellensburg.wa.us or 509-962-7108

  • Long Plats
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Variances
  • Multifamily and Commercial Design Review

Senior Planner Stacey Henderson, hendersons@ci.ellensburg.wa.us or call 509-925-8608

  • SEPA
  • Critical Areas
  • Landmarks & Design / Historic Preservation

Planning Manager Jamey Ayling, aylingj@ci.ellensburg.wa.us or call 509-925-8653

  • Rezones
  • Annexations
  • Affordable Housing
  • Comprehensive Plan updates

For general planning questions, or to submit a planning application, including pre-application submittals, please email Kelli McDonald at mcdonaldk@ci.ellensburg.wa.us, or call 509-962-7231.

For answers to many of your questions keep scrolling down this web page.  You will also be able to access planning forms and applications, and information about submittal requirements.


The Planning Division is responsible for the timely and accurate review of all land development permits including subdivisions, zoning, and environmental/critical areas review and appeals. This work involves service to the public that starts with initial questions well in advance of any permit application, and continues through the project design phases, and the permit review process including any required public hearings, and ends with official City action on the project permit or with appeals of that City action if appeals are made. The Planning Division also is charged with preserving and enhancing the City’s Historic District and other historic structures in the City. In addition, the Planning Division is charged with ensuring that the City’s various land development codes are complied with as the land uses on individual properties change over time.

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  2. Zoning, Plans, Codes & more
  3. Planning Division Staff