Chapter 15.06
SHORT PLATS

Sections:

15.06.010    Type of application.

15.06.020    Requirements for a complete application.

15.06.030    Criteria for approval.

15.06.040    Findings and conclusions.

15.06.045    Modifications to preliminary short subdivisions.

15.06.050    Final form of short plat.

15.06.060    Construction of improvements.

15.06.070    Prohibition on further division.

15.06.080    Time frame for approval.

15.06.090    Time frame for submission of final short plat.

15.06.010 Type of application.

A short plat is a Type II application, and shall be processed in accordance with the procedures for such applications as set forth in BMC Title 11. (Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1632 § 1, 1996).

15.06.020 Requirements for a complete application.

These requirements are in addition to the minimum application requirements as set forth in BMC 11.06.002.

A.    Number of copies: 10.

B.    A proposed short plat must include pertinent survey data compiled as a result of a survey made by or under the supervision of a licensed land surveyor in the state and engaged in land surveying. The short plat shall contain the acreage, scale, north arrow, datum, bench marks, certification of the surveyor and the date of the survey.

C.    Application contents:

1.    Name and address of the owner(s) of the tract;

2.    The owners of adjacent land and the names of any adjacent subdivisions;

3.    Lines marking the boundaries of the proposed lots;

4.    Approximate locations of existing streets and ways or easements for such streets and ways within and adjacent to the tract;

5.    Legal description of the property boundary and dimensions of all proposed lots;

6.    Name and business address and business phone number of the licensed land surveyor. (Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1632 § 1, 1996).

15.06.030 Criteria for approval.

The community development director shall approve the short plat after making a determination:

A.    Whether the application complies with Chapter 15.16 BMC, General Requirements for Subdivision Approval;

B.    Whether appropriate provisions are made for, but not limited to, the public health, safety and general welfare, for open spaces, drainage ways, streets or roads, alleys, other public ways, transit stops, potable water supplies, sanitary wastes, parks and recreation, playgrounds, schools and school grounds, and shall consider all other relevant facts, including sidewalks and other planning features that assure safe walking conditions for students who walk to and from school; and

C.    Whether the public interest will be served by the subdivision and dedication (if applicable). (Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1632 § 1, 1996).

15.06.040 Findings and conclusions.

The community development director shall approve a short plat and short subdivision if written findings are made that:

A.    The application complies with Chapter 15.16 BMC, General Requirements for Subdivision Approval;

B.    Appropriate provisions are made for the public health, safety and general welfare and for such open spaces, drainage ways, streets or roads, alleys, other public ways, transit stops, potable water supplies, sanitary wastes, parks and recreation, playgrounds, schools and school grounds and all other relevant facts, including sidewalks and other planning features that assure safe walking conditions for those who walk to and from school; and

C.    The public use and interest will be served by the platting of such subdivision and dedication. (Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1632 § 1, 1996).

15.06.045 Modifications to preliminary short subdivisions.

Applications to modify short subdivisions that have received preliminary approval shall comply with the following:

A.    The following minor modifications shall require approval of the director:

1.    Engineering design, unless the proposed design alters or eliminates features specifically required as a condition of short subdivision approval;

2.    Changes in lot dimensions that are consistent with BMC Title 12;

3.    A decrease in the number of lots to be created.

B.    Major modifications shall be reviewed as a Type III or Type II land use decision, as applicable. Major modifications include:

1.    The creation of additional lots;

2.    The reduction of open space; or

3.    Modifications to conditions of approval which resulted from an open record appeal hearing.

C.    Projects shall vest only to those provisions of the short subdivision not requested to be modified. (Ord. 2046 § 2 (Exh. B), 2010; Ord. 1871 § 1, 2002).

15.06.050 Final form of short plat.

The final form of the short plat shall be in accordance with BMC 15.10.020 as applicable, and shall include at the minimum, the following:

A.    Certificate giving full and complete description of the lands divided as they appear on the short plat, including a statement that the short subdivision has been made with free consent and in accordance with the desires of the owner(s). If the short plat includes a dedication, the certificate shall also contain the dedication of all streets and other areas to the public, and individual(s), religious society or societies or to any corporation, public or private, as shown on the short plat and a waiver of all claims for damages against any governmental authority which may be occasioned to the adjacent land by the established construction, drainage, and maintenance of the road. The certificate shall be signed and acknowledged before a notary public by all parties having any interest in the lands subdivided.

B.    All short plats containing a dedication must be accompanied by a title report confirming that the title of the lands as described and shown on the plat is in the name of the owner signing the certificate. Roads not dedicated to the public must be clearly marked on the face of the plat. Any dedication, donation, or grant as shown on the face of the plat shall be considered for all intents and purposes as a quit claim deed to the donee(s), grantee(s) for his, her or their use for the purpose intended by the donors or grantors as aforesaid. (Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1632 § 1, 1996).

15.06.060 Construction of improvements.

An approved short plat shall not be filed for record until the applicant has constructed or bonded for all improvements required by the community development director in the final decision on the short plat, pursuant to BMC 15.16.010. (Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1632 § 1, 1996).

15.06.070 Prohibition on further division.

Property in short plats may not be further divided in any manner within a period of five years without the filing of a final plat, except that when the short plat contains less than four parcels, nothing in this section shall prevent the owner who filed the short plat from filing an alteration within the five-year period to create up to a total of four lots within the original short plat boundaries. (Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1632 § 1, 1996).

15.06.080 Time frame for approval.

Short plats shall be approved, disapproved or returned to the applicant within 30 calendar days after the date of filing of a complete application, unless the applicant agrees to an extension of time. (Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1632 § 1, 1996).

15.06.090 Time frame for submission of final short plat.

A final short plat meeting all requirements of Chapter 58.17 RCW and this title shall be submitted to the city for approval within five years of the date of preliminary short plat approval; except that for preliminary short plats approved through December 31, 2011, a final short plat meeting all requirements of Chapter 58.17 RCW and this title shall be submitted to the city for approval within seven years of the date of preliminary short plat approval. (Ord. 2043 § 2 (Exh. B), 2010; Ord. 2029 § 1 (Exh. B), 2009; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000).