The Planning Department is primarily responsible for the coordination and approval process for all proposed land development, and is also involved in a number of special projects and long-term land use planning activities. The department tracks statistical information such as population estimates and other relevant demographic information. The department performs inspections of and enforces the Critical Areas ordinance and Shoreline Master Program requirements and responds to general zoning and planning inquires. The department also provides staff support to the city of Kelso Planning Commission, serving as a liaison between the Commission, and the City Council and the public.
The Planning Department's goal is to process all applications for land use development in an expedient manner. A complete and thorough application submittal offers the best chance for a timely review and permit issuance. To this end, pre-application conferences are required for many types of land use applications.
The complexity and completeness of all plans will affect the review time of construction projects. For new construction projects east of Interstate 5, a current geotechnical report will be required at time of plan submittal.
Planning Fee Schedule
Master Land Use Application (must be filled out for all land use applications)
Administrative Use Checklist
Appeal of Administrative Decision Checklist
Critical Area Checklist
Design Review Handbook (Guidelines for development within the Downtown Design Guidelines Overlay District)
Environmental Checklist Form (pdf)
Environmental Checklist Form (doc)
Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application (JARPA) Form
Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application (JARPA) Instructions
Plat - Final Checklist
Plat - Preliminary Checklist
Plat - Short Checklist
Pre-Application Conference Form
Shoreline Exemption Information
Site Plan Submittal Requirements
Site Plan - Typical Example
Temporary Use Application Packet
Zoning Text Change Checklist
We are currently in the process of updating and creating additional forms. If you do not see what you are looking for, please feel free to contact our office at (360) 423-9922.