Landmarks & Design Commission

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The Landmarks and Design Commission meets on the first Tuesday of each month, and the third Tuesday of each month as needed. Meetings are held at 5:45pm, and can be attended in person at City Hall, or remotely via zoom.

Address: City Hall in the Council Chambers
501 N. Anderson Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Zoom information:

Phone participation is also available by calling 1-253-215-8782, and entering Meeting ID: 816 0157 4480 Passcode: 568897

Agendas & Minutes 

To search agendas or subscribe to agendas, review these instructions (PDF).

2024 Meeting and COA Submittal Schedule

COA Applications are due a minimum of THREE WEEKS before a scheduled LDC meeting. 

Please check with planning staff ahead of permit submittal to ensure the LDC meeting of interest has not been canceled.


COA Permitting Timeline

Certificate of Appropriateness Application

Historic Preservation in Ellensburg:

Ellensburg is a Certified Local Government (CLG), which means the local Ellensburg historic preservation commission (LDC) is certified by the National Park Service and State Preservation Office for the historic preservation education, outreach, and technical assistance they provide to their community.  Responsibilities of a CLG include maintaining a qualified historic preservation commission, surveying local historic properties, conducting local design review, reviewing National Register Nominations, educating the commission and public, and providing for public participation in historic preservation activities.

Being a CLG means Ellensburg has access to resources and expertise from the state preservation office DAHP (Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation), and can apply for CLG grant funding and resources on a yearly basis to help complete projects on a local level. Together, the LDC and DAHP advocate for the preservation of Ellensburg’s precious historic resources. The Landmarks and Design Commission strives to provide leadership for the protection and celebration of Ellensburg’s shared heritage.

Historic Property Highlight - Coming Soon!

Meet the Members

The Commission has seven members, the majority of which must be City residents. The Commission shall include: 

  • Two property owners within the Downtown or Residential Historic Districts
  • Three professionals
  • Two members at large

The Landmarks and Design Commission’s members serve four-year terms. The current Commission members are:

Joshua Thompson is the current City Council liaison to the commission.