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Planning

YVCOG formed for the purpose of studying regional and intergovernmental issues and provide a wide variety of planning services. Our dedicated team of experienced, professional planners help communities with short-range and long-range planning services, code updates, development review services, neighborhood plans, and other services requested by our members, such as:

Document Research and Preparation

YVCOG staff facilitate, research, write and prepare long-range plans. These documents set the course for local and regional growth in order to create thriving, livable communities. Once a plan is completed or updated, a jurisdiction may become eligible to compete for federal or state grants to assist with construction and system improvements identified in these plans. Plans may include but are not limited to:

  • Long range comprehensive plans
  • Urban growth area plans
  • Park and recreation plans, including those for trails
  • Hazard mitigation plans
  • Corridor and special area plans
  • Revitalization plans

Code and Permitting Assistance

All communities require codes, permits, and regulations in order to meet federal and state requirements to implement comprehensive plans and conduct business in a fair, consistent fashion. It is sometimes impossible for smaller jurisdictions to keep up with the ever-changing laws that apply to their community. YVCOG staff specializes in these areas to aid local jurisdictions in meeting new or amended statutes. Our expertise includes:

  • Code drafting and revisions
  • Permit reviews and staff reports (subdivisions, short plats, variances, conditional use permits, etc.)
  • Critical areas compliance and permit reviews
  • State Environmental Policy Act checklists

Other Assistance

  • Meeting facilitation
  • Community surveys
  • Public involvement
  • Needs assessments
  • Visual preference surveys

Grant Application Development

YVCOG staff is available to help identify sources of funding for almost any type of improvement project by matching your community’s needs with appropriate potential funding sources. Services include:

  • Researching the array of possible grant opportunities
  • Preparation of background data to document needs and trends
  • Independent review and critique of your proposal
  • Preparation of grant applications
  • Manage the grant processFor additional information on the Planning Services, please contact Mike Shuttleworth at 509-574-1550
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