Land Use and Planning
The Community Planning & Development department is made up of the planning and building departments. While we work together, we serve different functions. The planning staff reviews projects for zoning conformance and environmental impact. The building staff reviews projects for structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical compliance.
The Planning Team
The Planning Team processes all land use and design applications consistent with adopted planning and development regulations. Seventy percent of the team's work is the analysis and issuance of zoning decisions, short plats, shoreline permits, variances, deviations and major design reviews within the guidelines of the Unified Land Development Code. The team also plays an integral role in the coordination of pre-application meetings with the Customer Service Team. To learn more about what we do, see our different pages that are listed below.
Click here for information about electronically submitting Land Use applications.
If you're just getting started, we recommend viewing our "Important Tips for Success" page for basic information and advice.
General Planning Hotline: 206.275.7729. If planners are away from the phone helping other customers, please leave a message as we usually return calls on the same business day.
Hearing Examiner- Public Hearings
Chapter 19.15 of the Mercer Island City Code (MICC) requires that the City conduct a public hearing before a Hearing Examiner for certain types of land use approvals (e.g. long plats, variances, etc.), and for appeals of other permits (e.g. preliminary short plat approvals, SEPA determinations, etc.). The City of Mercer Island currently has an Interlocal Agreement with the Seattle Hearing Examiner’s office to provide Hearing Examiner services for public hearings for both land use approvals and appeals. The Interlocal Agreement provides that the Seattle Hearing Examiner’s office will conduct the public hearings using the City of Seattle Hearing Examiner Rules of Practice and Procedure, as amended; a copy of these rules are available here: https://www.seattle.gov/examiner/rules-toc.htm.