Terrace planning board chairman joins council

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — The City Council appointed a new member at a special meeting Tuesday night.

Bryan Wahl, vice chairman of the city’s planning commission, is scheduled to be sworn onto the council at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 and serve until an election in November 2013.

“I have a deep passion for our community and want to see us achieve the vision we have set forth,” Wahl said in his application.

Six women and three men applied for the position, which was left vacant when former council member Michele Robles resigned in late June citing personal reasons.

Wahl was one of three candidates who received votes when the council first tried to name a new member. The other two candidates were Cheryal Heppner and Kimberly Michel. In the second round of voting, Wahl received the majority of votes.

Wahl has served on the planning commission for 14 years and has been vice chairman since 2004.

“The planning commission is the ground floor in developing the vision for the city and the comprehensive plan,” Wahl said. “It will be a smooth transition.”

He is a partner at Government Affairs Strategies, a consulting firm that develops public policy and other political campaigns and strategies, and has also served on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growth Management Policy Board, the Shoreline Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners and King County’s Youth Services Citizens Advisory Committee.

He has lived in Mountlake Terrace for 15 years.

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