Planning Commission

To direct the preparation of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations; review land use, shoreline, and environmental ordinances and regulations; and perform design review and review geographic subareas and annexations.

MEETINGS: First and Third Thursdays of Each Month, 6:30 p.m.
TERMS: Four Years
STAFF CONTACT: Ryan Harriman,, 253.480.2451
LINKS: Agendas and Minutes

POS. 1 (exp. 8/31/2023) - Kathy Fosjord
POS. 2 (exp. 8/31/2023) - Jennifer Gilbert-Smith
POS. 3 (exp. 8/31/2025) - Darren Groth
POS. 4 (exp. 8/31/2025) - Chelsey Thorne
POS. 5 (exp. 8/31/2023) - Joe Culumber
POS. 6 (exp. 8/31/2025) - Jonathan Ingram, Chair
POS. 7 (exp. 8/31/2025) - Murray Williams, Vice Chair

The Planning Commission consists of seven members who have an interest in environmental affairs, planning, land use, and residential and commercial development, as evidenced by training, experience, interest or actions.

The Planning Commission may direct the preparation of a Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations in compliance with Chapters 35A.63 and 36.70A RCW. This includes establishing procedures providing for early and continuous public participation in the development and amendment of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the City and the Development Regulations implementing the plan and make recommendations concerning these matters to the City Council. The Planning Commission may review land use management, shoreline management and environmental protection ordinances and regulations of the City and make recommendations regarding them to the City Council. They may also review potential annexations to the City as requested by the City Council, and make recommendations concerning them. Where design review is required by land use ordinances of the City, the Planning Commission may perform such design review, unless that review is delegated to some other appointed body or staff. The Planning Commission may also recommend, establish priorities for, and review studies of geographic sub-areas in the City. They may submit written periodic reports to the City Council, setting forth its progress in completing its work program for the current fiscal year. The Planning Commission may hold public hearings in the exercise of its duties and responsibilities as it deems necessary. Covington Municipal Code (CMC) 2.15.