Skamania County now has only two land-use planners at work in its Community Development Department, which also provides building and fire marshal inspection and environmental health services.
Effective May 1, the county will employ one land-use planner for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and one land-use planner for the rest of the county. Since 2011, the department has experienced a 50 percent reduction in staff, including two-thirds of its planning staff.
“Because of this [reduction in force], Skamania County Community Development will not be able to assist applicants, property owners or any other person who walks in without an appointment,” the department announced May 1.
Planner meetings will be scheduled on Mondays between 2 and 5 p.m., and Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and noon. “Please call ahead to ensure there is availability to schedule a meeting before coming. Anyone walking in without an appointment will not be able to see a planner, and will instead be scheduled a meeting time,” the department stated.
The availability of the building inspector and environmental health specialist will not be restricted to certain hours, but they are not always available, as their jobs require them to spend much time in the field. Those needing these services are asked to call ahead to schedule a meeting time.
For more information, call Skamania County Community Development at 509-427-3900.