Chapter 11.18
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION AMENDMENTS

Sections:

11.18.010    Purpose.

11.18.020    Type of action.

11.18.030    Suggesting amendments.

11.18.040    Identified deficiencies.

11.18.050    Docketing suggested amendments.

11.18.060    Timing and process for consideration of suggested amendments.

11.18.070    Public participation.

11.18.080    Denial of suggested amendments.

11.18.090    Notice to county assessors of changes in comprehensive plan and development regulations.

11.18.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish the type of action and procedures for suggesting amendments and encouraging public participation for comprehensive plan, subarea plans, and development regulation amendments. (Ord. 2073 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1853 § 1, 2001; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1746 § 1 (Att. A), 1998; Ord. 1691 § 1, 1997; Ord. 1628 § 1, 1996).

11.18.020 Type of action.

A comprehensive plan, subarea plan, or development regulation amendment is a Type V (legislative) action and shall be considered in accordance with the procedures for such actions as set forth in BMC 11.04.005 and this chapter. (Ord. 2073 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1853 § 1, 2001; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1746 § 1 (Att. A), 1998; Ord. 1691 § 1, 1997; Ord. 1628 § 1, 1996).

11.18.030 Suggesting amendments.

Amendments to the comprehensive plan, a subarea plan, or development regulations are governed by Chapter 36.70A RCW, also known as the Growth Management Act, and may be suggested by any person, including applicants, citizens, hearing examiners and staff of other agencies by providing the following written information on a form approved by the director to meet the docketing requirements of this chapter:

A.    Name, address and telephone number of the person, business, agency or other organization suggesting the amendment;

B.    Citation of the specific text, map or other illustration suggested to be amended;

C.    The suggested amendment;

D.    If a suggested amendment is to a plan or to both a plan and a development regulation, a statement of how the amendment:

1.    Promotes the public health, safety and welfare;

2.    Is consistent with or in conflict with other portions of the comprehensive plan or subarea plan, which portions shall be cited by goal, policy and/or action reference number, and by page number; and

3.    Complies with the applicable King and/or Snohomish County county-wide planning policies;

E.    If a suggested amendment is only to the development regulations, a statement as to how the amendment complies with the comprehensive plan;

F.    All applicable fees;

G.    Complete applications must be received by October 31st to be placed on the docket of potential amendments for the following year. (Ord. 2073 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1853 § 1, 2001; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1691 § 1, 1997; Ord. 1628 § 1, 1996).

11.18.040 Identified deficiencies.

If during the review of any project permit application the city identifies any deficiencies in plans or development regulations, the identified deficiencies shall be docketed on a form as provided in BMC 11.18.030, for possible future plan or development regulation amendments. “Deficiency” as used herein means the absence of required or potentially desirable contents of a comprehensive plan, subarea plan, or development regulation. Suggested amendments to correct such deficiencies shall be docketed and considered on an annual basis. (Ord. 2073 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1853 § 1, 2001; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1691 § 1, 1997; Ord. 1628 § 1, 1996).

11.18.050 Docketing suggested amendments.

The department of community development shall compile and maintain for public review a list of suggested amendments and “identified deficiencies” to the comprehensive plan, subarea plans, and the city’s development regulations, which list shall be arranged by appropriate classifications and shall name the individual or organization suggesting each amendment and identifying each deficiency. (Ord. 2073 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1853 § 1, 2001; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1746 § 1 (Att. A), 1998; Ord. 1691 § 1, 1997; Ord. 1628 § 1, 1996).

11.18.060 Timing and process for consideration of suggested amendments.

A.    The city council shall initiate consideration of suggested amendments by motion. The scope and timing of consideration of suggested plan amendments shall be determined by the council, except for amendments to correct a deficiency identified during project review which shall be considered annually pursuant to BMC 11.18.040. The city council shall generally request that the appropriate city advisory body develop recommendations concerning suggested amendments and the city council shall take final action upon any suggested amendment in accordance with the following table, except that the city council reserves the authority to consider and act upon any suggested amendment without referring the suggested amendment to the applicable advisory body for recommendation. The council and its advisory bodies (with concurrence of the council) may prioritize suggested amendments for further consideration and may defer to future years or decline to further consider suggested amendments.

 

Type of Amendment

Recommendation and Action Process
(unless council decides to consider and act upon an
amendment without prior referral to an advisory body)

Amendments to Imagine Bothell... Comprehensive Plan

Executive Summary, Table of Contents, Introduction, Vision Statement and Glossary

Planning commission makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Land Use Element

Planning commission and shorelines board (if shorelines jurisdiction is involved) collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Natural Environment Element

Planning commission and shorelines board (if shorelines jurisdiction is involved) collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Housing Element

Planning commission and shorelines board (if shorelines jurisdiction is involved) collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Economic Development Element

Planning commission and shorelines board (if shorelines jurisdiction is involved) collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Parks and Recreation Element

Planning commission, shorelines board (if shorelines jurisdiction is involved) and parks and recreation board collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Human Services Element

Planning commission makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Historic Preservation Element

Planning commission, shorelines board (if shorelines jurisdiction is involved) and landmark preservation board collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Urban Design Element

Planning commission and shorelines board (if shorelines jurisdiction is involved) collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Annexation Element

Planning commission makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Utilities Element

Planning commission makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Conservation Element

Planning commission makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Transportation Element

Planning commission and shorelines board (if shorelines jurisdiction is involved) collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Capital Facilities Element

Planning commission and shorelines board (if shorelines jurisdiction is involved) collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

All Subarea Elements

Planning commission and shorelines board (if shorelines jurisdiction is involved) collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Amendments to Development Regulations

Title 11, Administration of Development Regulations

Planning commission makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Title 12, Zoning

Planning commission makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Title 13, Shoreline Management

Shorelines board makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Title 14, Environment

Planning commission and shorelines board collaborate in making recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Title 15, Subdivisions

Planning commission makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Title 17, Transportation

Planning commission makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Title 18, Utilities Infrastructure

Planning commission makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

Title 20, Buildings and Construction

Council takes final action (no advisory body recommendation); except that the planning commission makes a recommendation to city council concerning any amendments to Chapter 20.20 BMC, Billboards, and the council takes final action.

Title 21, Development Impacts

Council takes final action (no advisory body recommendation).

Title 22, Landmark Preservation

Landmark preservation board makes recommendation to city council; council takes final action.

B.    The comprehensive plan shall be amended no more often than once each calendar year, except that amendments may be considered more frequently for the initial adoption of a subarea plan, the adoption of a shoreline master program, amendments to the capital facilities element occurring concurrently with the adoption of the city budget, in cases of emergency, or to resolve an appeal of an adopted comprehensive plan filed with a Growth Management Board or with the court.

C.    Suggested amendments shall be considered by the city council or applicable advisory body, in public hearings, public meetings, workshops, and other settings as warranted to ensure that each suggested amendment is thoroughly deliberated. All recommendations concerning suggested comprehensive plan amendments shall be considered concurrently by the city council subject to the exceptions set forth in subsection B of this section.

D.    Where amendments to both a plan and development regulations are suggested, or where an amendment to the comprehensive plan would be implemented by an amendment to the development regulations, such amendments may be considered concurrently. (Ord. 2073 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1853 § 1, 2001; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1746 § 1 (Att. A), 1998; Ord. 1691 § 1, 1997; Ord. 1628 § 1, 1996).

11.18.070 Public participation.

The public shall be made aware of the opportunity to suggest amendments and to comment on suggested amendments through methods including but not limited to direct mailings, newsletter and newspaper articles, legal advertisements, and notices posted in public places. Public notice requirements shall be as set forth in Chapter 11.19 BMC. (Ord. 2073 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1853 § 1, 2001; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1691 § 1, 1997; Ord. 1628 § 1, 1996).

11.18.080 Denial of suggested amendments.

When a suggested amendment to a comprehensive plan, subarea plan or development regulations is denied, the amendment shall not be considered again for a period of at least five years, unless the city council determines that the amendment should be considered again in a shorter time period. (Ord. 2073 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1853 § 1, 2001; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1691 § 1, 1997).

11.18.090 Notice to county assessors of changes in comprehensive plan and development regulations.

The director shall provide to the county assessors of both King and Snohomish Counties by July 31st of each year a copy of the city’s comprehensive plan and development regulations in effect on July 1st of that year. (Ord. 2073 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1853 § 1, 2001; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1691 § 2, 1997).