By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
The Mill Creek City Council unanimously approved Brian Hyatt’s appointment to the Mill Creek Planning Commission on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
Mayor Pro Tem Brian Holtzclaw, City Councilmember Mark Bond, and Planning Commissioner Stan Eisner interviewed eight candidates on Tuesday afternoon for the vacant planning commission seat.
Bond commented, “We, as always, are blessed with the talent and the diversity of the people that want to serve and step up to fill these board positions. It wasn’t a real easy choice. We had some great people, all with their own perspective.”
Hyatt takes the place of Commissioner Jared Mead, who resigned his position to take his seat on the Mill Creek City Council.
Hyatt will finish out Mead’s existing term, which expires on April 30, 2019.
Hyatt is a Battalion Chief with Snohomish County Fire District 7 and has lived in Mill Creek’s Springtree neighborhood for 16 years.
He wrote in his letter of interest, “As a long time resident and active community member, I have a vested interest in seeing our city thrive.”
The Mill Creek Planning Commission has the following duties and responsibilities:
- Conducts public hearings on all proposed regulations concerning land use in the city or amendments to existing land use regulations and makes recommendations for appropriate action to the City Council,
- Along with staff, prepares a comprehensive plan for anticipating and influencing the orderly and coordinated development of land and building uses of the city and its environs,
- Has all the powers to perform each and all of the duties specified by Chapter 35A.63 RCW, along with other duties or authority that may be conferred upon it by the laws of the State of Washington.
Although the Mill Creek Planning Commission has a scheduled meeting at 7:00 pm on the third Thursday of every month, according to the city’s website they have actually only met two times in the past two years.