Rezone

A zone change is a reclassification of a parcel of land as reflected in the City's official zoning map. Zoning on the parcel governs permitted uses and development regulations for properties in the city of Pullman.

The City follows the rezone regulations outlined in City Code, Title 17.115 and Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 35a.63. Aside from local and state regulations, site-specific zoning amendments must align with the City's adopted Comprehensive Plan. The Community Development Department is responsible for interpreting and administering the regulations and policies that govern the rezone process.

Transparency matters. City staff and elected officials maintain a commitment to reporting accurate, timely information so you, as a Pullman resident, can be made aware of the facts surrounding the issues that matter to you. The City welcomes your continued engagement and we hope you choose to participate at the appropriate time(s) throughout the process. If you need help with anything on this page or have questions about the rezone process, please contact the Community Development Director RJ Lott at rj.lott@pullman-wa.gov or call 509-338-3279.

The Process

Rezone_Flowchart_thumbnailBelow, you'll find the general steps that are taken once a rezone application is received. Also, check out this rezone flowchart that breaks down the process in a visual way!

  1. Rezone Application Received
    • Once a rezoning application is received, it's reviewed by the Community Development staff for accuracy and completeness. If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be asked to provide more information.
  2. 14-Day Public Comment Period Begins for the SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) Checklist
    • Once the application is declared complete, a public notice is posted in the newspaper of record (Moscow-Pullman Daily), at the  location involved, and on our Public Notices page. Only written comments may be submitted. All comments may be routed to Community Development Director RJ Lott at rj.lott@pullman-wa.gov or delivered to City Hall at:
    • 190 SE Crestview Street, Building A
      • Attn: Community Development Director
      • Pullman, WA 99163
    • Learn more about SEPA by visiting the Washington State Department of Ecology's webpage.
  3. Comment Review and Determination
  4. 10-Day SEPA Appeal
    • Residents with standing have 10 days to appeal the determination. Check the FAQ below for how to make an appeal. Any appeal will be reviewed by the Hearing Examiner. If upheld, the applicant will be asked to provide more information.
  5. Planning Commission Public Hearing
    • A public hearing will take place at the next available Planning Commission meeting to review the zone change application and all relevant details. 10 days' notice of the public hearing shall be:
      • Mailed to property owners within 300 feet of the property involved.
      • Published in the newspaper of record (Moscow-Pullman Daily).
      • Posted on a sign at the property involved.
    • Residents may to contribute written comments prior to or verbal comments during the public hearing. Written comments related to the public hearing should be routed to the Community Development Director.
  6. Planning Commission Recommendation
    • The Planning Commission, after considering the details of the application and comments from the community, votes on a recommendation that is forwarded to the City Council.
  7. City Council Decision
    • The City Council considers the recommendation from the Planning Commission along with all other information relevant to the rezone application and can either approve, deny, or remand to the Planning Commission for a final decision. No public hearing takes place at the City Council meeting.
The steps above detailing the City of Pullman's zone change application process are meant to act as a guide and may not necessarily be inclusive of all potential scenarios. Please contact the Community Development Director RJ Lott at rj.lott@pullman-wa.gov or call 509-338-3279 if you have any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SEPA?
The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process identifies and analyzes environmental impacts. It's a Washington State requirement to conduct such a review to determine what environmental risks, if any, exist as part of a proposed submittal. 

Learn more from our City Code or by visiting the Department of Ecology's page.
How can I comment on the SEPA checklist?
Only written comments are allowed to be submitted during the 14-day public comment period for the SEPA checklist. Comments may be emailed to rj.lott@pullman-wa.gov or delivered to :

City of Pullman
Attn: Community Development Director
190 SE Crestview Street, Bldg. A
Pullman, WA 99163
What is the difference between DNS and MDNS?
DNS (determination of nonsignificance):
The written decision by the responsible official of the lead agency that a proposal is not likely to have a significant adverse environmental impact, and therefore an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) is not required. (WAC 197-11-310 and 197-11-340)

MDNS (mitigated determination of insignificance):
A DNS that includes mitigation measures and is issued as a result of the process specified in WAC 197-11-350.

Learn more at the Department of Ecology's SEPA FAQ page.
How do I appeal a SEPA determination?
All appeals must be filed with the City Clerk within the allotted 10 days. The appellant should be prepared to make specific factual objections and pay the required filing fee. Please refer to City Code 16.39.170 (1) (a), (b), and (d) to learn more.

Email rj.lott@pullman-wa.gov or call 509-338-3279 with any questions about the appeal process.
How will I be informed about the Planning Commission public hearing?
A public hearing will take place at the Planning Commission meeting to review the rezone application and all relevant details. 10 days' notice of the public hearing shall be:

  • Mailed to property owners within 300 feet of the property involved.
  • Published in the newspaper of record (Moscow-Pullman Daily).
  • Posted on a sign at the property involved.
Residents may contribute written comments prior to or verbal comments during the public hearing.

The Planning Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Will there be a public hearing at the City Council meeting?
No public hearing or comments on a rezone application will be accepted at the City Council meeting.
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