Planning Commission

The Columbia County Planning Commission is currently holding all meetings and hearings remotely using virtual meeting technology.  All Commissioners participate from separate locations and members of the public are able to listen to, view, and participate in the meeting via their phone or other electronic device such as a computer or tablet with an internet connection.  Information on how to access a meeting can be found on the agenda for the specific meeting you wish to attend.  Click on Planning Commission Calendar to access each meeting agenda.

The Planning Commission serves as the hearing body on land use issues in Columbia County 

The Commission also conducts public hearings and advises the Columbia County Board of Commissioners on Comprehensive Plan, Development Ordinance amendments. 

In coordination with the county’s Planning Manager, the commission also reviews development applications and makes recommendations on amendments to the county’s long-range Comprehensive Plan and its Zoning and Subdivision and Partitioning ordinances.

The seven-member commission is made up of residents who live in various locations throughout the county. Terms, which are staggered to allow for adequate transitioning, are four years. The Planning Commission meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

Currently, there are no open positions on the Planning Commission, however if you would like to apply, complete the online  application form and submit to Jacyn Normine in the Board of Commissioners office. 

Helpful Information

Planning Commission Calendar

Planning Commission Archive (Pre-2020 Agendas and Minutes)

Planning Commission Ordinance

Land Development Services Quick Links
General Information
Phone Numbers
Fax: 503-366-3902
Emergencies: Dial 911
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00
We are available by phone and email, or by appointment only.