By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
At their regular Tuesday, April 23, 2019, meeting the Mill Creek City Council unanimously approved the appointments of four residents to the planning commission.
Two current commissioners were re-appointed to their positions and two new commissioners were appointed.
Mayor Pro Tem Brian Holtzclaw, Councilmember Mark Bond, Councilmember John Stecker, and Planning Commission Chair Stan Eisner interviewed nine candidates on Tuesday afternoon and then made their recommendations to the full city council.
Planning Commission Co-Chair Mathew Nolan and Commissioner Bryan Hyatt will continue to serve the community on the planning commission.
New Planning Commissioner April Berg is a Mill Creek resident with much experience serving as a volunteer for communities and schools.
She wrote in her application, "I want to help the city continue to be a safe and beautiful community where neighborhoods and businesses thrive as a result of strategic planning. Strategic planning includes the comprehensive planning and coordinated development of land and building use that is in line with the city's guiding principles."
New Planning Commissioner Nicholas Marin is a professional community association manager living in Mill Creek.
He wrote in his application, "I am interested in serving on the Planning Commission to help improve the quality of the developments, to preserve the character of Mill Creek and its residential neighborhoods, to help in the decision-making process of new development and growth management, and to keep Mill Creek as an attractive community."
The Mill Creek Planning Commission has the following duties and responsibilities:
- Conducts public hearings on all proposed regulations concerning land use in the city or amendments to existing land use regulations and makes recommendations for appropriate action to the City Council,
- Along with staff, prepares a comprehensive plan for anticipating and influencing the orderly and coordinated development of land and building uses of the city and its environs,
- Has all the powers to perform each and all of the duties specified by Chapter 35A.63 RCW, along with other duties or authority that may be conferred upon it by the laws of the State of Washington.
The Mill Creek Planning Commission meets at 7:00 pm on the third Thursday of every month at city hall.