Clatsop County invites applications for an open seat on its Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission is the county’s committee for citizen involvement on development and land use issues, such as zoning, natural resources, transportation, natural hazards, economic development, housing, farm and forest lands and coastal zones. The commission makes land use decisions on variances, conditional uses and subdivisions. It also makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on amendments to the comprehensive plan and its implementing ordinances. The Planning Commission usually meets the second Tuesday of each month, in Astoria, beginning at 10 a.m.

The open position is for a vacant term ending June 2020. For additional information about the commission’s meetings or responsibilities, contact Will Caplinger, Planning Manager, at 503-325-8611 or

Clatsop County strives to have a Planning Commission that represents all geographical areas of the county, including incorporated cities. The commission currently does not have representatives from the Elsie-Jewell and Seaside Rural planning areas. The commission presently has the maximum number of members allowed by its bylaws to reside inside an incorporated city, and the successful applicant must reside in the unincorporated county.

The Board of Commissioners will consider the appointments at one of its upcoming regular meetings. Application forms are available from the County Manager’s office at 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, Astoria, or online at The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 4.


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