Kelso Planning Department

Kelso Planning Department

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.


Zoning Map (pdf)
Land Use Map
Landslide Inventory Map 2003

Plan Reviews

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.

Forms and Documents

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
Environmental Checklist Form
Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application (JARPA) Form

Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application (JARPA) Instructions

Narrative Form

Plat - Final Checklist

Plat - Preliminary Checklist

Plat - Short Checklist

Pre-Application Conference Form

PURD Checklist

Shoreline Checklist

Shoreline Exemption Information

Shoreline Guide

Site Plan Submittal Requirements

Site Plan - Typical Example

Temporary Use Application Packet

Variance Checklist

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.