The Spokane Valley Planning Commission is short a member following the resignation of Marcia Sands.
The city is now looking for a replacement and Mayor Tom Towey hopes to make an appointment to be confirmed at the July 3 City Council meeting.
“Ms. Sands has played an important role in our city’s development,” said Mayor Tom Towey, who served on the commission with Sands in 2009. “We are very grateful for her commitment to Spokane Valley and for her hard work on the commission.”
Sands was appointed to the commission in 2006.
Sands, a geologist with the Washington state Department of Ecology, had been asked by the agency to recuse herself from any and all discussions dealing with the adoption of the city’s under-development Shoreline Master Plan. Since the documents is required under state law, the agency wants to remove any appearance of conflict of interest.
On April 19, the majority of the seven-member Planning Commission voted to not excuse Sands from the meeting. The Shoreline Management Program is a major focus of the commission at this time.
The resulting tension between Sands and the rest of the board caused city officials to bring in Stan McNutt, a former Spokane Valley deputy city manager and consultant for the International City/County Management Association, to meet with commission members and devise some new rules and policies for self-governance.
“This happens more than you imagine,” McNutt told the commissioners last month. “Cities everywhere have to deal with it.”
Application forms for the Planning Commission post are available on the city’s Web site, www.spokanevalley.org, and are due no later than 4 p.m. Friday, June 29.
The term will begin immediately and will run through Dec. 31, 2012.
Planning Commission members are responsible for researching the city’s land-use plans, environmental protection, capital improvements and making recommendations to the mayor and City Council.
For more information on the opening on the commission, call 720-5102.