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Notice – Housing Action Plan Grant Award »

Notice of Planning Grant

The City of Leavenworth has been awarded a $45,800 grant from the Department of Commerce to complete a Housing Action Plan. The funds were authorized as part of HB 1923 to increase residential building capacity in Washington communities. The Housing Action Plan will build on the existing Comprehensive Plan and Housing Needs Assessment with a focus on encouraging construction of additional affordable and market rate housing in a greater variety of housing types and at prices that are accessible to a greater variety of incomes. Specifically, the plan will include:

  • Quantify existing and projected housing needs for all income levels
  • Develop strategies to increase the supply of housing needed by those income levels
  • Analyze population and employment trends
  • Consider strategies to minimize displacement of low-income residents resulting from redevelopment
  • Review and evaluate the Comprehensive Plan Housing Element
  • Provide for participation and input from a variety of stakeholders
  • Include a schedule of programs and actions for implementation of the action plan

This opportunity comes at a great time for the City. The last housing study was the 2017 Housing Assessment, which was used to implement several code amendments. The new Housing Action Plan will provide more detailed information to guide the City’s future actions to improve housing diversity and affordable housing options.

The Planning Commission will be providing guidance and support for the development of the Housing Action Plan. The public is encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting or communicate with Commissioners. Additionally, interested persons may contact Development Services to sign up for notification of Housing Action Plan meetings; email Lilith Vespier dsmanager@cityofleavenworth.com or call City Hall (509) 548-5275 ex 131.

Lilith Vespier, AICP
Development Services Manager

City of Leavenworth Request for 2020 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Proposals »

City of Leavenworth
Request for 2020 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Proposals

The City of Leavenworth is entering into the annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment cycle and is now receiving requests for proposals to amend the City’s Comprehensive Plan, including the Land Use Zoning Map. For a proposed amendment to be considered for sponsorship by the City Council, submittal is due by December 31, 2019. Privately sponsored map proposals are due by January 31, 2020. Applications for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan are available at City Hall or online. For further information, please contact the Development Services Manager, Lilith Vespier, at (509) 548-5275, or by e-mail at dsmanager@cityofleavenworth.com, or mail City of Leavenworth, P.O. Box 287, Leavenworth, WA 98826.

2020 Lodging Tax Grant Funding Opportunities Now Open »

The City of Leavenworth is inviting festival, event and hospitality organizers to submit applications for the annual Lodging Tax grant funding dollars. Along with the past program for new Festivals and Events, the City Council is instituting a new program opportunity for Tourism Hospitality and Special Projects. The Festival & Event program will include $15,000 with limits per applicant of $3,000 and the Tourism Hospitality and Special Projects program will include $30,000 with limits per applicant of $7,500. The deadline for submission this year will be December 31, 2019 and is anticipated for review and award by the City Council on February 11, 2020. Click below for the applications and scoring Criteria.

For questions, contact Chantell Steiner at chantell@cityofleavenworth.com or (509)-548-5275.

Festival & Event Grant Funding Application
Festival & Event Grant Funding Scoring Criteria

Tourism Hospitality & Special Programs Grant Funding Application
Tourism Hospitality & Special Programs Grant Funding Scoring Criteria

Request for Proposals for Parking Equipment & Management Services »

Request for Proposals
Parking Equipment & Management Services

Notice is hereby given that the City of Leavenworth is requesting proposals for Parking Equipment and Management Services. The purpose of this solicitation is for the City of Leavenworth to select a firm, or partnering firms, to provide the City with parking metering equipment, vehicle sensor equipment, citation issuance equipment, permit management, pay by cell services with integrated guidance applications with related software and services, and optional elements as described in the Request for Proposal.

The detailed Request for Proposal may be obtained by accessing it on the City’s webpage at: www.cityofleavenworth.com or by contacting City Hall at (509) 548-5275. The City will begin a review and selection process on November 15, 2019 and continue until the selection is made. Proposals will be accepted until the position is filled.

Proposal submission deadline is Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Questions or request for clarification must be received on or before October 31, 2019; responses will be provided to all prospective Proposers on or before November 7, 2019. Response can only be provided to vendors on the Prospective Proposers List who have provided proper contact information. Vendors who wish to be placed on the Prospective Proposer List must email Joel Walinski at jwalinski@cityofleavenworth.com or fax (509) 548-6429 with contact information.

Joel Walinski, City Administrator
City of Leavenworth
(509) 548-5275, Ext. 124

Now Hiring: Public Works Supervisor »

Now Hiring: Public Works Supervisor

The City of Leavenworth is seeking an energetic self-directed individual for a full-time position as Public Works Supervisor.

This position supervises the Public Works Maintenance Division staff and participates in the construction, maintenance, and repair of the City’s streets, sanitary sewer, water distribution, stormwater, commercial solid waste collections, and cemetery operations.

Successful candidates will have six-years of street/utility maintenance or other occupation experience involving similar job duties, as well as maintenance and supervisory/lead worker experience. See job description for further details.

The salary range for 2019 is $4,429 – $5,968 per month based on step increases over time; excellent benefits and retirement package included. Applicant is required to pass a pre-employment drug test, physical, and background check. The position is included under the bargaining union agreement with Teamsters Local Union No. 760.

Applications are due by 4:00 PM on Wednesday November 6, 2019. Position will remain open until filled.

To request an application packet, contact the City of Leavenworth at (509) 548-5275 or 700 US Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826 or download the full job announcement, job description, and employment application.

The City of Leavenworth is an equal opportunity employer.

Notice Regarding Mandatory Updates to the City’s Development and Critical Area Code Requirements »


The City of Leavenworth has completed mandatory updates to the City’s development and critical area code requirements. These changes are effective today, October 7, 2019. A full copy of the Ordinances 1596 and 1597 may be viewed at City Hall or requested.

The mandatory updates are required to be completed every eight years with the Comprehensive Plan update, per the Growth Management Act. The State provided the City of Leavenworth, and other smaller cities, the opportunity to extend the completion date by two years. The City completed the update of the Comprehensive Plan in 2017 and the code amendments in 2019. With this work completed, the City is in compliance with the Growth Management Act and therefore eligible to request for various grants.

For questions, contact Lilith Vespier dsmanager@cityofleavenworth.com.

Fee increase at Chelan County brush drop-off site in Leavenworth »

The fees charged at the Chelan County brush drop-off site in Leavenworth will increase beginning Oct. 11, 2019.

The new fees will be $15 a cubic yard. The new minimum fee also will be $15.

The rate increase, which was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, is needed to recover the costs of service, including additional machinery and staffing. The new fees are a $5 increase, and the minimum fee is consistent with that charged at the Dryden Transfer Station.

The Leavenworth brush site, located at the intersection of Icicle and East Leavenworth roads, was opened in 2017 to service those residents living in the apple maggot quarantine zone of Chelan County, which includes Leavenworth, Plain, and Lake Wenatchee. Residents living in these areas are reminded that state law prohibits brush from a quarantine area to leave a quarantine area. The Dryden Transfer Station is located in a pest-free area; it does not accept yard waste from the quarantine area.

More information about the brush site and the quarantine zone is on the county’s solid waste website: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/solid-waste-management/pages/drop-off-brush-sites

Jill FitzSimmons
PIO/Special Projects Coordinator
Chelan County Public Works

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Notice Regarding Planned Development District Regulations »


Changes to the Planned Development District regulations go into effect today, September 23, 2019.  The purpose of a Planned Development District is to encourage innovative developments that provide a public benefit and developer flexibility. Planned Developments are required to retain the primary use and the maximum height of the underlaying zoning district but may increase residential density, alter lot sizes and setbacks and may include a 10% commercial component in a residential area. Under the revised regulations, a Planned Development may be proposed on lots 24,000 square feet or greater (or 6,000 square feet or greater for affordable housing). Larger projects would be required to include an open space component. A full copy of the Ordinance 1588 may be viewed at City Hall or requested.

For questions, contact Lilith Vespier dsmanager@cityofleavenworth.com.


Autumn Leaf Festival Sep 28, 2019 – Detour & Street Closures »

The Autumn Leaf Festival is taking place this weekend in Leavenworth. There will be some street closures throughout town on Saturday, September 28th, so plan your travels accordingly:

West bound Highway 2 will be closed at Chumstick Highway from 11:30 – 2:00 PM. You may detour through town via East Leavenworth Road to Icicle Road during that time. If you do not detour, you will be forced to turn on Chumstick Highway north.

East bound Highway 2 will be closed at Icicle Road from 11:30 – 2:00 PM. You must detour through town via Icicle Road to East Leavenworth Road during that time.

Front Street will be closed during the Parade from 14th Street to Highway 2. Once the Parade is over at 2:00 PM, Front Street will reopen from 14th Street to 9th Street and remain closed from 9th Street to Hwy 2. 8th Street downtown will also be closed from Front Street to Commercial Street on Saturday and Sunday.

Check the attached map to review the parade route. All side streets throughout town will be barricaded during the parade, 11:30 – 2:00.

Great Parade folks! Stop and Watch!!

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