The Planning Commission is responsible for long range planning and legislative policy recommendations to the City Council. The Planning Commissioners help achieve the community’s vision by developing the goals and policies of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Specifically, the Planning Commission reviews and acts on the following:
Planning Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and must reside within the city limits or own property within the City or its Urban Growth Area. All members volunteer their time.
Every year, the Planning Commission works on the City’s “Docket.” This list of amendments (the Docket) is developed throughout the year from citizen, Council, Planning Commission, and staff comments or requests. The compiled list identifies potential Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Map, Leavenworth Municipal Zoning Code, Leavenworth Municipal Development Code, and miscellaneous Code revisions and/or amendments.
Public Participation is encouraged and you may attend a meeting, reach each member via e-mail, or call the Development Services Department at (509) 548-5275. Specific questions or comments regarding an ongoing project should be emailed directly to the Development Services Department.
The Planning Commission meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the conference room on the second floor inside City Hall. Public hearings are held in the City Council Chambers. The City of Leavenworth appreciates the interest of our citizens and values public involvement. The City makes every effort to make the minutes of our meetings available soon after each meeting is completed.
Position 1. Joel was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2016. Joel and his family moved to Leavenworth in 2000 from California. He and his wife have been raising their 3 kids in town and enjoying everything that Leavenworth has to offer. Joel spent 15 years working at Stevens Pass Mountain Resort and most recently as the Vice President of Operations. Stevens Pass is what brought Joel and his family to Washington and the town of Leavenworth has kept them here. During this time he was involved in long term planning of the resort and many capital projects; this included working with Federal, State and local agencies on many regulatory issues. Joel helped create the only lift accessed downhill mountain bike park in the State of Washington, a 10 year project that included master planning, and many years of environmental assessment. Joel is currently the General Manager of Icicle Brewing Company / Munchen Haus in downtown Leavenworth.
Position 2. Charles Reppas was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2012. Charles brings to the Planning Commission 25 years of experience in all areas of development, both large projects and small. Some of the projects include: Lakeland, a 3,000 master planned community in Auburn, WA; Bokara by the Lake, a 96-unit apartment conversion to condominium in Renton, WA; development of 750 units of various apartment projects; employed in the 1990’s as the Chief Financial Officer for Henderson Homes, a homebuilder in the Seattle are that built 250 homes per year; and several private developments, two of which were 50-lot subdivisions in Wenatchee. Chuck currently is employed as the Executive Director of Upper Valley MEND which has an affordable homeownership program with 20 existing homes and planning to develop another 30 in its Meadowlark project. This deep background continues to offer an additional private sector perspective to the Leavenworth Planning Commission.
Position 3. Andy Lane was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2008. Andy is an attorney, and his practice focuses on land use issues for both private and municipal clients. Andy and his wife, Suzi, started visiting the Leavenworth area in 1990 and bought a house here in 2003. They have been full-time residents since 2008.
Position 4. Pete Olson was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2008. Pete and his family moved to Leavenworth in 2007 after retiring from general contracting and land development in Yakima County for 20 years. He currently owns and manages commercial and residential properties in the City of Leavenworth, Wenatchee, and Chelan County.
Position 5. Scott Bradshaw was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2016. He is a retired third generation Leavenworth native, born, raised and K-12 educated in the Leavenworth community. He has a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, is a registered Professional Civil Engineer, and is a US Navy veteran having served during the Vietnam conflict.
Scott has enjoyed a very successful career in the utility industry. During that time he worked as an engineer, project manager, supervisor, manager and director where he had overall responsibility for a number of complicated and high value construction projects. Long term planning was a key component of all of the positions he held during his career. Scott’s previous community service work has included memberships in Rotary Club of Puyallup, Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, CA, and President of a home owners association.
Position 6. Larry Hayes was appointed to the Planning Commission in 1989. Larry currently works for Pioneer Title Company. He has worked as the Title Officer for Pioneer Title Company since the summer of 1989. As a part of his work, he researches the ownership of property titles, writes title commitments for the sale or refinance of a property, creates litigation guarantees so that court actions or non-judicial foreclosures can take place, and prepares plat certificates so that boundary adjustments, short plats and long plats can be recorded. Away from his job, Larry plays cello in the Wenatchee Valley Symphony since the spring of 1990. Larry and his family have lived in Leavenworth since the summer of 1989.
Position 7. Anne Hessburg was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2010. Anne currently works for Grette Associates, LLC with a background in environmental permitting, land use planning, and code administration. Her work experience includes natural resource management, Shoreline Management Act permitting, building and land use permitting, comprehensive plan and zoning amendments, and writing, interpretation, administration, and enforcement of county codes. She also has extensive experience working with SEPA, Critical Areas Ordinances, Shoreline Management, and zoning for both rural and urban areas. In addition, Anne has training in stream typing and ordinary high water mark identification from the Washington Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources. She has worked with local, state, and federal agencies in north-central Washington on environmental permitting issues for over seven years. Anne’s long range planning experience includes drafting, editing, and review of policy and regulatory language for the Chelan County Shoreline Master Program update; and drafting and editing language for zoning, development and critical area regulations. She is a Planning Commissioner for the City of Leavenworth, is a member of the Residential Advisory Committee for Leavenworth, sits on the Board of Directors for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust with seats on the Lands and Outreach committees, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Leavenworth Film Festival.