The Cowlitz County Planning Commission is an Advisory Body on land use decisions appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The Commission is made up of nine volunteer members - three from each Commissioner’s district. Planning Commission members represent a cross-section of community interests.

Planning Commission meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held every third Wednesday at 5:30 PM on the third floor of the County Administration Building at 207 Fourth Avenue North, Kelso, WA.

The Planning Commission operates according to adopted Rules of Procedure.

Meetings are held in-person & via ZOOM   **ZOOM meeting access is located on the Agenda for each month.

Recording of Meeting is available via  KLTV LIVE

Upcoming  Meeting Dates, Agendas & Materials:  Click on the following date links to view

Next Meeting:

September 20th 2023 Meeting

September Agenda item files: 

Meeting Materials

Past Meeting Information:   

August 16th, 2023

No July Meeting

June 21, 2023   

May 17, 2023

April 19, 2023  

 March 15, 2023

February 15, 2023

 January 18, 2023

Contact the Planning Commission

Planning Commission
c/o Cowlitz County Building & Planning
207 Fourth Avenue North Rm #119
Kelso, WA 98626

 Email: Wayne Nelsen, Planning Manager:

Planning Commission Members

Planning Commission Members Representing District No. 1

Erica Rodman, Woodland (Term Expires 1/31/2025)

Greg Hoffman, Kalama (Term Expires 1/31/2024)

Jim BainKalama (Term Expires 01/31/2025) 

Planning Commission Members Representing District No. 2

Joel Rupley, Longview (Term Expires 01/31/2027)

Matthew Peters,  Longview (Term Expires 01/31/2024)

Mary Jane Melink, Longview (Term Expires 01/31/2025)

Planning Commission Members Representing District No. 3

Mark Smith, Chair, Toutle (Term Expires 01/31/2026) 

Robert Sudar, Vice Chair, Longview  (Term Expires 01/31/2024)

Charles  "Phil" Hall, Castle Rock  (Term Expires 01/31/2027)