Citizen Advisory Boards

CABs are no longer being used to review development applications via the Planning Program. Staff is currently meeting internally to respond to the Board direction provided at the August 17, 2021 BCC meeting. Further information regarding the future role and structure of the CABs will be posted as soon as it is available.

Participating on a local Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) is a direct way to help shape how a community functions, its character and its growth. The purpose of the CAB is to communicate ideas and concerns of local citizens on planning and development related projects to the appointed Boards and Commissions (i.e., Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment), and the County Commissioners. Topics of discussion at CAB meetings may include a review of local proposed development, regulations and master planning.

The Washoe County Citizen Advisory Boards were created pursuant to NRS 244.1945 and Washoe County Code Section 5.425. There are currently nine CABs representing different geographical regions within Washoe County. CAB Boundaries Map

  • East Truckee Canyon
  • Gerlach/Empire
  • Incline Village/Crystal Bay
  • North Valleys
  • Spanish Springs
  • South Truckee Meadows/Washoe Valley
  • Sun Valley
  • Warm Springs/Rural
  • West Truckee Meadows/Verdi Township


Each CAB has set meeting dates and times 2021 CAB Meeting Schedule. Board membership is made up of five members and 2 alternates: the terms of membership are set for staggered three year terms. Elections for Chair and Vice-Chair are held annually.

Citizen Advisory Board agendas are prepared in conjunction with Washoe County's Planning and Building Division and include permit requests for Master Plan Amendments, Regulatory Zone Amendments, Development Code Amendments, Special Use Permits, Tentative Subdivision Maps and Variances.  The public has the opportunity to speak during public comment at the beginning and end of the meeting on any topic. There is also public comment available for each action item specific to that item.

To view membership rosters, and agendas and minutes for one of the CABs, please use the navigation bar to the left.

If you are interested in applying for CAB membership, click CAB Applications on the left to learn more.

Washoe County Community Services Department

Phone: 775-328-2722, Fax: 775-328-6133