Chapter 2.52
PLANNING COMMISSION*

Sections:

2.52.010    Created – Membership.

2.52.020    Membership – Vacancies – Removal.

2.52.030    Member – Residency.

2.52.040    Compensation and reimbursement.

2.52.050    Organization.

2.52.060    Meetings – Quorum.

2.52.070    Powers and duties – Generally.

2.52.080    Repealed.

2.52.085    Quasi-judicial public hearings.

2.52.090    Meetings – Minutes.

2.52.100    Repealed.

*    For statutory provisions relating to the planning commission, see Chapter 35A.63 RCW.

2.52.010 Created – Membership.

A.    Creation. The city creates a planning commission, in this chapter referred to as the commission.

B.    Membership and Terms.

1.    In order to provide for continuity of membership, members shall be assigned a position number. The initial term of each position shall start March 1, 1996, and expire on the last day of March of the year as set forth below, with subsequent terms being for four years each, and until the successor is appointed and confirmed:

Position 1: 1998

Position 2: 1998

Position 3: 1997

Position 4: 1999

Position 5: 1999

Position 6: 2000

Position 7: 2000

(Ord. 1813 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1677 § 4, 1997; Ord. 1623 § 1, 1996; Ord. 1464 § 3, 1992; Ord. 1099 § 1, 1983; Ord. 611 § 1, 1971).

2.52.020 Membership – Vacancies – Removal.

The appointment of commission members to fill expiring terms on the commission shall be made by the city council at their discretion, but should routinely be made at the first meeting in February of the year a commission member’s term is to expire. In the event a vacancy in any position on the commission arises due to resignation, removal or any other cause recognized by the city council, the city council shall appoint a person to fill the unexpired term within 60 days of the recognition of the vacancy by the council. A special temporary appointment of a former planning commission member may be made by the city council for the purpose of completing action on any quasi-judicial matter in which the former commission member participated prior to the end of his regular term. The special appointment is limited to the quasi-judicial matter and shall expire upon final action by the planning commission in the quasi-judicial matter for which the special appointment was made. Members of the commission may be removed at the pleasure of the city council. (Ord. 1813 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1799 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1623 § 2, 1996; Ord. 1099 § 2, 1983; Ord. 791 § 1, 1976; Ord. 611 § 2, 1971).

2.52.030 Member – Residency.

All members of the planning commission shall be residents of the city. (Ord. 1813 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1623 § 3, 1996; Ord. 791 § 2, 1976; Ord. 611 § 2(A), 1971).

2.52.040 Compensation and reimbursement.

Effective January 1, 1978, members of the planning commission shall receive such compensation as shall be established by the city council, if any, in the annual budget for the city. In addition, commission members shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in connection with official duties as provided in the ordinances and resolutions governing the reimbursement for expenses incurred by employees and officers of the city. (Ord. 1813 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1623 § 4, 1996; Ord. 886 § 1, 1978; Ord. 611 § 3 1971).

2.52.050 Organization.

The commission shall elect its own chairperson, chairperson pro tem and executive secretary, and create and fill such other offices as it may determine are required. The commission shall adopt bylaws and rules for the transaction of business and shall keep written minutes of it meetings, resolutions, transactions, findings and determinations, which records shall be a public record maintained in the office of the city clerk. (Ord. 1813 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1623 § 5, 1996; Ord. 611 § 4, 1971).

2.52.060 Meetings – Quorum.

The commission shall hold at least one regular meeting in each month except there shall be no meeting the fourth week of November or December. Should a regular meeting day fall on an official holiday, the meeting shall be held the following business day. A quorum shall consist of not less than four members. Special meetings of the commission may be called at any time by the chairperson or by any three members upon notification to all members not less than 24 hours in advance thereof, and in compliance with all applicable state laws for open meetings. (Ord. 1813 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1623 § 6, 1996; Ord. 611 § 5, 1971).

2.52.070 Powers and duties – Generally.

The commission shall serve only in an advisory capacity responsible to the city manager and city council, and in that capacity shall make such surveys, analyses, researches and reports as are generally authorized or requested by the city manager and city council, including proposed amendments, modifications, or alterations in the city’s comprehensive plan, zoning code and zoning map. The commission shall have the power to hold public hearings on these matters, and shall have such other powers and duties as shall be provided by resolution or ordinance of the city council from time to time. (Ord. 1813 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1623 § 7, 1996; Ord. 791 § 3, 1976; Ord. 611 § 6, 1971).

2.52.080 Powers and duties – Zoning provisions.

Repealed by Ord. 1623. (Ord. 611 § 7, 1971).

2.52.085 Quasi-judicial public hearings.

A.    The city council may, as provided for in BMC 11.04.003, determine by motion, ordinance or other legal action of the city council to refer to the planning commission any new permit or approval in BMC Title 15, Subdivisions, and Title 12, Zoning, when the city council deems it appropriate for the planning commission to hear the first permit application submittal involving new development regulations in BMC Titles 12 or 15.

B.    The planning commission shall make a recommendation to the city council with the passage of new development regulations as to whether the planning commission should conduct the first quasi-judicial permit hearing on said regulation(s). The director of community development shall include the recommendation of the planning commission in the director’s agenda bill to the city council for determination of referral. (Ord. 1813 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1626 § 2, 1996; Ord. 1606 § 1, 1995).

2.52.090 Meetings – Minutes.

The commission executive secretary shall forward a copy of all minutes to the city council in a timely manner after each meeting of the commission. (Ord. 1813 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1623 § 9, 1996; Ord. 611 § 8, 1971).

2.52.100 Present provisions abolish previous provisions.

Repealed by Ord. 1623. (Ord. 611 § 9, 1971).