Hearing Examiner

The Cowlitz County Hearings Examiner hears permits, reviews and appeals related to land-use, health, public works and other decision-making matters as set forth in Cowlitz County Code (CCC) Chapter 2.05. The hearings examiner will be an attorney with extensive backgrounds in administrative law and policy. His or her role is not to create policy or change rules, but rather to ensure that policy and rules have been applied correctly.

Hearings Examiner Process

Specific rules and procedures in hearings before the Cowlitz County Hearings Examiner can be found in the Rules of Procedure adopted by the Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner.

Hearings Examiner Rules of Procedure (PDF)


Current Scheduled Hearing:

Please click on the Permit # to follow to Hearing Materials.


No hearings scheduled as of 08/26/2021



Recently Heard Cases:

**Once a project has received all approvals and the appeal period has passed (typically 20 days) - the project will be removed from this site.                                                          However,  application materials are still available for pubic review in our office.


PRIOR CASES HEARD - STILL UNDER REVIEW


Wednesday, August 25, 2021  - approved

SL17-0991  JE McAmis Inc / SDP & Shoreline Conditional Use / 100 Tennant Way, Longview

Staff Contact:  Bart Catching, Project Planner  CatchingB@co.cowlitz.wa.us 


Wednesday, August 25, 2021        - approved

WF2190.01 Lewis River-Boat Storage / Wireless Cell Tower Facility / 2239 Lewis River Rd. Woodland

Staff Contact:  Jason Lugo, Project Planner    LugoJ@co.cowlitz.wa.us 


July 28, 2021       Approved

SL21-1025_Hurley-Gibb_Shoreline Hearing _Level II SDP / Lewis River / 388 & 394 Woodland Park Rd. Ariel, WA  

Staff Contact:  Bart Catching, Project Planner   CatchingB@co.cowlitz.wa.us