Community Development


To guide growth and change consistent with the community vision in the Comprehensive Plan.
To improve our quality of life by promoting the health, safety and welfare of the community,
protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment.
To serve all members of our community in a responsive, consistent, and courteous manner.

The Department of Community Development (DCD) develops, administers and enforces the city’s standards for land use, design, construction and housing within the Sammamish city limits, provides a hearing examiner system for the review of major development applications and administrative appeals.

DCD is also responsible for long-range planning, including Sammamish’s Comprehensive Plan and related projects-transportation improvements, downtown and waterfront planning, and more.

Department activities include:

  • Long-range comprehensive planning
  • Land use policy advice to the City Council
  • Current planning and land use permits
  • Annexations and annexation policy development
  • Building permits
  • Building inspections
  • Environmental review
  • Planning publications (assistance brochures)

Permit Center

The Permit Center guides the permit process, which varies depending on the size, complexity of a project, and zoning of the property.


Planning plays a central role in guiding Sammamish’s long term development.


The Building division serves to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by the interpretation and enforcement of federal, state, and local codes.

Staff Contact

Kurt Aldworth Building Official(425) 295-0544
Emily Arteche Senior Planner(425) 295-0522
Steve Belzak Building Plans Examiner(425) 295-0540
Tracy Xi Cui Associate Planner(425) 295-0523
Darci Donovan Customer Service and Permit Center Manager(425) 295-0530
Dawn Flores Building Plans Examiner(425) 295-0545
David Goodman Management Analyst(425) 295-0534
Chris Hankins Code Compliance Officer(425) 295-0547
Ryan Harriman Senior Planner(425) 295-0529
Tony Hudson Office Assistant(425) 295-0536
Kevin Johnson Permit Technician(425) 295-0531
Brian Kirkland Building Inspector(425) 295-0542
Amy Koehnen Office Assistant (425) 295-0535
Sung Lee Associate Planner(425) 295-0526
Devany Lunde Code Compliance Coordinator(425) 295-0548
Missy Marshall May Permit Technician(425) 295-0531
Tammy Mueller Administrative Research Assistant(425) 295-0525
Scott Perron Building Inspector(425) 295-0541
David Pyle Deputy Director(425) 295-0521
Jeffrey Thomas Director(425) 295-0520
Dee Warnes Senior Building Inspector(425) 295-0543

Contact Us
Jeffrey Thomas, Director, (425) 295-0520
David Pyle, Deputy Director, (425) 295-0521
Community Development