Chapter 2.57
LAND USE AND PLANNING BOARD

Sections:

2.57.010    Creation.

2.57.020    Membership, terms, residence requirements, and compensation.

2.57.030    Organization, meetings and rules.

2.57.040    Duties and responsibilities.

2.57.050    References to planning commission.

2.57.010 Creation.

There is hereby created the land use and planning board.

(Ord. No. 3512, § 14, 6-6-00)

2.57.020 Membership, terms, residence requirements, and compensation.

A. The land use and planning board shall consist of seven (7) members, each of whom shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. Appointments shall be deemed confirmed if not acted on within thirty (30) days following the mayor’s submittal of his or her nomination to the council president.

B. The terms of office of the members of the land use and planning board shall be three (3) years. When a vacancy occurs on the land use and planning board, appointment for that position shall be for three (3) years, or for the remainder of the unexpired term, whichever is the shorter period of time. All new terms shall expire on December 31st of the last year of the term. No more than three (3) terms may expire in any given year.

C. Initial appointments shall be as follows:

1. Two (2) seats for a one (1) year term.

2. Two (2) seats for a two (2) year term.

3. Three (3) seats for a three (3) year term.

All appointments thereafter shall be for three (3) year terms.

D. Members of the land use and planning board may be dismissed by the mayor for missing twenty-five (25) percent or more of the regularly scheduled meetings in a twelve (12) month period without such absence being excused by the board, for inefficiency, for neglect of duty, for a finding by the land use and planning board of a member’s violation of any code of conduct established by the board, or for misfeasance or malfeasance in office.

E. As authorized pursuant to RCW 35.21.200, all appointees to the land use and planning board shall be residents of the city of Kent. When making the appointments, the mayor shall consider appointments from residents residing at different locations of the city.

F. The appointed members of the land use and planning board shall serve without compensation except that reimbursement for authorized travel and subsistence may be made to the extent such may be budgeted for by the city council. Reimbursement for such shall come from the city budget category designated land use and planning board, travel and mileage and subsistence.

(Ord. No. 3512, § 14, 6-6-00)

2.57.030 Organization, meetings and rules.

A. The land use and planning board shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson from among its members which terms shall expire December 31st each year. The secretary of the land use and planning board shall be the planning manager. The secretary shall set the land use and planning board agenda for workshops and public hearings, prepare minutes which may be taken from electronic recording of public hearings, and keep such records as are necessary for the property operation of the board, all of which shall be a matter of public record.

B. The land use and planning board shall conduct at least one (1) regular meeting each month for conducting general business, hearings, and other related business, except when there is not an agenda item to be considered or heard, in which case the land use and planning board secretary shall notify the board members, the local press and post a notice at the place the land use and planning board regularly meets, stating that due to a lack of business a meeting is cancelled. The land use and planning board shall establish and operate under a set of bylaws, which bylaws shall prescribe the rules of procedure for public hearings and workshops and a code of conduct for its members. The time and place of regular and special meetings, including workshops, shall be established by the bylaws.

(Ord. No. 3512, § 14, 6-6-00)

2.57.040 Duties and responsibilities.

A. The land use and planning board shall operate as part of the planning office and shall, except in those instances when the city council has determined to consider the matter, hold public hearings on comprehensive plan formulation and amendments, annexation zoning, zoning code and subdivision code and other assigned code formulation and amendments which have been prepared and submitted to the board by the planning office. The land use and planning board, after holding one (1) or more public hearings on these matters, shall refer the planning office’s proposals and its recommendation to the city council for the council’s final action.

B. In lieu of or in the alternative to the land use and planning board considering and holding hearings and performing other related functions on matters set forth in subsection (A) of this section, the city council may elect to perform these functions on such matters directly without taking input from the land use and planning board.

(Ord. No. 3512, § 14, 6-6-00)

2.57.050 References to planning commission.

All references in the Kent City Code to the planning commission shall mean the land use and planning board.

(Ord. No. 3512, § 14, 6-6-00)