Projects, Public Participation and Planning Commission

All applications are subject to an advertising fee for public affidavit notices. Advertising provided by Newport Miner (fees vary). Permits will not be issued until all fees have been paid.

Notice of Public Workshop

Notice is hereby given that the Pend Oreille County Planning Commission will be holding a Workshop to discuss proposed updates to the 2023 Shoreline Master Program (SMP) via Zoom on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 5:30 PM. To accommodate timelines and scheduling, a tentative follow-up workshop is also being included with this. In the event a follow-up workshop is needed, it will be the following Tuesday on February 28, 2023. Please attend the February 21, 2023, Zoom Workshop to be informed if the follow-up workshop will be needed. These workshops will be provided through the Zoom Platform. To attend these virtual workshops, please go to the following date specific web address:

Join the February 21, 2023, Zoom SMP Workshop

Meeting ID: 509 447 4821
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IF NEEDED: Join the February 28, 2023, Zoom SMP Workshop

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Dated:     January 24, 2023

Publish: February 1, 2023, and February 8, 2023

Please Send Invoice to:

Pend Oreille County Community Development Department

Post Office Box 5066, Newport, WA 99156

Projects Around the County

How do I Show Support or Opposition to a Project?

Contact the Community Development Department to let us know your concerns or support for your project. Local knowledge is key to determining outcomes of projects because of information that this department or others may not be aware of. Written letters or email sent to us during comment periods will be official public record.

What is the Planning Commission?

The Planning Commission is  a group of 7 appointed volunteers (at least 2 from each district) who are charged with many important, current, and long range planning functions. They meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 PM, and meetings are open to the public and held via Zoom currently.  To get any more information on the next scheduled meeting, contact the Community Development Department.

Who are the Planning Commissioners?

District 1 District 2 District 3
Norris D. Boyd Andy Armantrout Paul Edgren
William Kemp Tom Watson  
Bob Eugene    

When should I go to a Commission meeting?

There are typically several instances when people attend the Planning Commission meetings, such as the following:

  1. Certain projects are heard and decided by the Planning Commission rather than the Community Development Department. Examples include: long plat subdivisions, RV resorts, and County Planning. If you are attempting to receive a class 2 or class 4 permit, your application will be reviewed by the Planning Commission.
  2. Interested parties will come to ask questions, express concern, and show approval or disapproval of projects being reviewed by the Planning Commission.
  3. The Planning Commission is the appellate body for the decisions of the Community Development. If you do not agree with a decision made by the Community Development Department, you may ask to have your application reviewed by the Planning Commission.

Click Here for the Agenda of the Next Meeting

Click here for Minutes of the Last Meeting

For a more comprehensive view of the process for class permits, please reference the photo below.

Class of review table
Class of review table
Peewee Falls postcard

A big thanks to Rosemary Daniel of R.D. Photography for the great photos! Also, thank you Mary Cates of Boundary Kayak Tours for the shot of Pee Wee Falls!