Chapter 20.05
PROCEDURES FOR LAND USE PERMIT APPLICATIONS, PUBLIC NOTICE, HEARINGS AND APPEALS

Sections:

20.05.010    Chapter purpose.

20.05.020    Classifications of land use decision processes.

20.05.030    Feasibility conference – Preapplication conference.

20.05.035    Neighborhood meetings.

20.05.037    Unified zone development plan process.

20.05.040    Application requirements.

20.05.050    Notice of complete application to applicant.

20.05.060    Notice of application.

20.05.070    Vesting.

20.05.080    Applications – Modifications to proposal.

20.05.085    Reasonable accommodation.

20.05.090    Notice of decision or recommendation – Appeals.

20.05.100    Permit issuance.

20.05.110    Semi-annual report.

20.05.120    Citizen’s guide.

20.05.010 Chapter purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish standard procedures for land use permit applications, public notice, hearings, and appeals in the City of Sammamish. These procedures are designed to promote timely and informed public participation in discretionary land use decisions; eliminate redundancy in the application, permit review, hearing and appeal processes; provide for uniformity in public notice procedures; minimize delay and expense; and result in development approvals that implement the policies of the interim comprehensive plan. These procedures also provide for an integrated and consolidated land use permit and environmental review process consistent with Chapter 347, Laws of 1995. (Ord. O99-29 § 1)

20.05.020 Classifications of land use decision processes.

(1) Land use permit decisions are classified into four types, based on the amount of discretion associated with each decision. Procedures for the four different types are distinguished according to who makes the decision, whether public notice is required, whether a public hearing is required before a decision is made, and whether administrative appeals are provided. The types of land use decisions are listed in Exhibit A of this section.

(a) Type 1 decisions are made by the director (director) of the department of community development (department). Type 1 decisions are non-appealable administrative decisions that require the exercise of little or no administrative discretion. For Type 1 decisions for which the department has issued a SEPA threshold determination, the issuance of any subsequent permits shall not occur until any allowed administrative appeal of the SEPA threshold determination is decided.

(b) Type 2 decisions are made by the director, or his or her designee. Type 2 decisions are discretionary decisions that are subject to administrative appeal in accordance with applicable provisions of law or ordinance.

(c) Type 3 decisions are quasi-judicial decisions made by the hearing examiner following an open record hearing. Type 3 decisions may be appealed to superior court.

(d) Type 4 decisions are quasi-judicial decisions made by the hearing examiner. Type 4 decisions may be appealed to the State Shoreline Hearings Board.

(2) Except as provided in SMC 20.15.130(1)(f) or unless otherwise agreed to by the applicant, all Type 2, 3 and 4 decisions included in consolidated permit applications that would require more than one type of land use decision process may be processed and decided together, including any administrative appeals, using the highest numbered land use decision type applicable to the project application.

(3) Certain development proposals are subject to additional procedural requirements beyond the standard procedures established in this chapter.

(4) Land use permits that are categorically exempt from review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) will not require a threshold determination (determination of nonsignificance (DNS) or determination of significance (DS)). For all other projects, the SEPA review procedures codified in Chapter 20.15 SMC are supplemental to the procedures set forth in this chapter.

Exhibit A

LAND USE DECISION TYPE

Type 1

Decision by director, no administrative appeal

Building; clearing and grading; boundary line adjustment; temporary use; TDR sending site certification; right-of-way; road variance except those rendered in conjunction with a subdivision or short plat decision1; variance from the requirements of Chapter 9.04 KCC as adopted by SMC Title 13; shoreline exemption; approval of a conversion harvest plan; temporary homeless encampment permit2

Type 2

Decision by director appealable to hearing examiner, no further administrative appeal

Short plat; road variance decisions rendered in conjunction with a short plat decision; zoning variance; conditional use permit; procedural and substantive SEPA decision; site development permit; approval of residential density incentives; reuse of public schools; reasonable use exceptions under SMC 21A.50.070(2); preliminary determinations under SMC 20.05.030(3); critical areas exceptions and decisions to require studies or to approve, condition or deny a development proposal based on the requirements of Chapter 21A.50 SMC; binding site plan; unified zone development plan under Chapter 21B.95 SMC3

Type 3

Recommendation by director, hearing and decision by hearing examiner appealable to superior court

Preliminary plat; plat alterations; preliminary plat revisions; plat vacations; zone reclassifications4; urban planned development; special use

Type 4

Recommendation by director, hearing and decision by hearing examiner appealable to the State Shoreline Hearings Board

Shoreline variances; shoreline substantial development permits (SSDPs); shoreline conditional use permits

1 The road variance process is administered by the City engineer pursuant to the City’s street standards as set forth in the public works standards.

Subject to the notice requirements of SMC 21A.70.195(4).

3 Subject also to the procedural requirements of SMC 20.05.037 and Chapter 21B.95 SMC.

4 Approvals that are consistent with the interim comprehensive plan may be considered by the examiner at any time. Zone reclassifications that are not consistent with the interim comprehensive plan require a site-specific land use map amendment and the City council’s hearing and consideration will be scheduled with the amendment to the interim comprehensive plan pursuant to SMC 24.25.040 and 24.25.050.

(Ord. O2016-410 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2014-372 § 1; Ord. O2011-297 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-293 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2009-249 § 1; Ord. O2004-150 §§ 1 – 4; Ord. O2000-63 §§ 1, 2, 3; Ord. O99-29 § 1)

20.05.030 Feasibility conference – Preapplication conference.

(1) Prior to the filing of a land use application, applicants shall contact the department for a feasibility conference and shall subsequently request a preapplication conference with the department as provided by subsections (2) and (3) of this section.

(a) Feasibility Conference. The purpose of the feasibility conference is to discuss the general scope of the proposed project prior to the preapplication conference. The feasibility conference may be an informal conversation between the department and the applicant.

(b) Preapplication Conference. The purpose of the preapplication conference is to review and discuss the application requirements with the applicant and provide comments on the development proposal. The preapplication conference shall be scheduled by the department, at the request of an applicant, and shall be held in a timely manner within 30 days from the date of the applicant’s request. The director may waive the requirement for a preapplication conference if it is determined to be unnecessary for review of an application. Except as provided in subsection (5) of this section, nothing in this section shall be interpreted to require more than one preapplication conference or to prohibit the applicant from filing an application if the department is unable to schedule a preapplication conference within 30 days following the applicant’s request. The provisions of subsections (2) through (5) of this section apply only to the preapplication conference and not to the feasibility conference.

(2) The applicant shall contact the department to schedule a preapplication conference prior to filing a permit application for a Type 1 decision involving any of the following:

(a) Property that will have 5,000 square feet or greater of development and/or right-of-way improvements; or

(b) Property in a critical drainage area; or

(c) Property that has a wetland, steep slope, landslide hazard, or erosion hazard; or

(d) Single-family residences and accessory buildings directly impacting critical areas and/or their buffers;

provided, that the provisions of this subsection shall not apply to structures where all work is in an existing building and no parking is required or added.

(3) Prior to filing a permit application requiring a Type 2, 3 or 4 decision, the applicant shall contact the department to schedule a preapplication conference that shall be held prior to filing the application, except as provided in subsection (1)(b) of this section.

(4) For the purposes of this section, “applicant” means the person(s) with actual or apparent authority to speak for and answer questions about the property or project on behalf of the applicant as defined in SMC 19A.04.030.

(5) Information presented at or required as a result of the preapplication conference shall be valid for a period of 180 days following the preapplication conference. An applicant wishing to submit a permit application more than 180 days following the preapplication conference for that permit must schedule and participate in another preapplication conference prior to submitting the permit application; however, the director may waive this requirement for de minimus deviations or if it is determined to be unnecessary for review of an application.

(6) At or subsequent to a preapplication conference, the department may issue a preliminary determination that a proposed development is not permissible under applicable City policies or regulatory enactments. In that event, the applicant shall have the option to appeal the preliminary determination to the hearing examiner in the manner provided for a Type 2 permit, as an alternative to proceeding with a complete application. Mailed and published notice of the appeal shall be provided for as in SMC 20.05.060(7) and (8). (Ord. O2016-415 § 2 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-413 § 4 (Att. C))

20.05.035 Neighborhood meetings.

(1) The applicant for a subdivision, short subdivision, or conditional use permit shall conduct and attend a neighborhood meeting within the City limits to discuss the proposed development after the preapplication conference but prior to submission of the development proposal to the City, at a date and time which shall not be unreasonable. The purpose of the meeting shall be to receive neighborhood input and suggestions prior to submission of the application, and an opportunity for the applicant to amend the proposal to address neighborhood feedback as appropriate. Such a public meeting is not a mediation, and any party who participates in such a meeting may still request mediation in accordance with SMC 20.20.060 and the provisions of the City land use mediation program. For the purposes of this subsection, “applicant” means the person(s) with actual or apparent authority to speak for and answer questions about the property or project on behalf of the applicant as defined in SMC 19A.04.030.

(2) At least 21 days prior to the neighborhood meeting, the applicant shall give notice of the date, time, and location of the meeting to the community development director and to all persons who would be entitled to receive notice of the proposed plat application, short subdivision application or conditional use permit application under the requirements of the Sammamish Municipal Code.

(3) The notice shall be on a form provided by the community development director and shall briefly describe the proposal and its location and shall include the name, address, and telephone number of the applicant or a representative of the applicant who may be contacted for additional information about the proposal. Notice to the community development director shall include a list of the persons and addresses notified of the neighborhood meeting.

(4) Within 30 days following the neighborhood meeting, the applicant shall provide to the community development director, and to all attendees who signed in at the meeting, documentation of the meeting as follows:

(a) The date, time, and location of the meeting;

(b) Contact information for all persons representing the applicant at the meeting;

(c) A summary of comments provided for the meeting attendees by the applicant prior to or during the meeting;

(d) A summary of comments received from meeting attendees or other persons prior to or during the meeting; and

(e) Copies of documents submitted or presented at the meeting.

(5) Complete applications must be received by the City within 120 days of the neighborhood meeting. If an application is not submitted in this time frame, or if the materials submitted with the application do not substantially conform to the materials provided at the meeting, the applicant shall be required to hold a new neighborhood meeting. (Ord. O2016-413 § 5 (Att. D); Ord. O2004-151 § 2)

20.05.037 Unified zone development plan process.

Following application submittal and prior to approval of the unified zone development plan, the applicant and City shall conduct an open house. Notice of the open house shall be provided at least 14 days prior to the open house, and shall include the date, time, and location of the meeting and shall be mailed to all persons who would be entitled to receive notice of decision pursuant to SMC 20.05.090. The purpose of this open house is to provide an additional opportunity for the community to review and provide comments on the proposed unified zone development plan. (Ord. O2010-293 § 1 (Att. A))

20.05.040 Application requirements.

(1) The department shall not commence review of any application set forth in this chapter until the applicant has submitted the materials and fees specified for complete applications. Applications for land use permits requiring Type 1, 2, 3, or 4 decisions shall be considered complete as of the date of submittal upon determination by the department that the materials submitted meet the requirements of this section. Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, all land use permit applications described in SMC 20.05.020, Exhibit A, shall include the following:

(a) An application form provided by the department and completed by the applicant that allows the applicant to file a single application form for all land use permits requested by the applicant for the development proposal at the time the application is filed;

(b) Designation of who the applicant is, except that this designation shall not be required as part of a complete application for purposes of this section when a public agency or public or private utility is applying for a permit for property on which the agency or utility does not own an easement or right-of-way and the following three requirements are met:

(i) The name of the agency or private or public utility is shown on the application as the applicant;

(ii) The agency or private or public utility includes in the complete application an affidavit declaring that notice of the pending application has been given to all owners of property to which the application applies, on a form provided by the department; and

(iii) The form designating who the applicant is is submitted to the department prior to permit approval;

(c) A certificate of sewer availability from the Sammamish Plateau Sewer and Water District or site percolation data with preliminary approval by the Seattle-King County department of public health;

(d) A current certificate of water availability, as required by Chapter 21A.60 SMC;

(e) Review by Sammamish fire services;

(f) A site plan, prepared in a form prescribed by the director;

(g) Proof that the lot or lots are recognized as separate lots pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 19A.04 SMC;

(h) A sensitive areas affidavit if required by Chapter 21A.50 SMC;

(i) A completed environmental checklist, if required by Chapter 20.15 SMC, State Environmental Policy Act Procedures;

(j) Payment of any development permit review fees, excluding impact fees, as set forth by resolution;

(k) A list of any permits or decisions applicable to the development proposal that have been obtained prior to filing the application or that are pending before the City or any other governmental entity;

(l) Approved traffic impact analysis from the director or designee, if required by Chapter 14.15 SMC;

(m) Certificate of future connection from the appropriate purveyor for lots located within the City that are proposed to be served by on-site or community sewage system and/or group B water systems or private well;

(n) A determination if drainage review applies to the project pursuant to Chapter 9.04 KCC as adopted by SMC Title 13, and, if applicable, all drainage plans and documentation required by the King County Surface Water Design Manual adopted pursuant to Chapter 9.04 KCC as adopted by SMC Title 13;

(o) Current assessor’s maps and a list of tax parcels to which public notice must be given as provided in this chapter, for land use permits requiring a Type 2, 3 or 4 decision;

(p) Legal description of the site;

(q) Variances obtained or required under SMC Title 21A to the extent known at the date of application;

(r) Verification that the property affected by the application is in the exclusive ownership of the applicant, or that the applicant has a right to develop the site and that the application has been submitted with the consent of all owners of the affected property; provided, that compliance with subsection (2)(d) of this section shall satisfy the requirements of this subsection (1)(r); and

(s) For commercial site development permits only, a phasing plan and a time schedule, if the site is intended to be developed in phases or if all building permits will not be submitted within three years.

A permit application is complete for purposes of this section when it meets the procedural submission requirements of the department and is sufficient for continued processing even though additional information may be required or project modifications may be undertaken subsequently. The determination of completeness shall not preclude the department from requesting additional information or studies either at the time of notice of completeness or subsequently if new or additional information is required or substantial changes in the proposed action occur, as determined by the department.

(2) Additional complete application requirements apply for the following land use permits:

(a) Clearing and grading permit, as set forth in SMC 16.15.070;

(b) Construction permits as set forth in SMC 16.20.215;

(c) Mobile home permits as set forth in SMC 21A.70.170;

(d) For all applications for land use permits requiring Type 2, 3, or 4 decisions, a title report from a reputable title company indicating that the applicant has either sole marketable title to the development site or has a publicly recorded right to develop the site (such as an easement); if the title report does not clearly indicate that the applicant has such rights, then the applicant shall include the written consent of the record holder(s) of the development site.

(3) The director may specify the requirements of the site plan required to be submitted for various permits and may waive any of the specific submittal requirements listed herein that are determined to be unnecessary for review of an application.

(4) The applicant shall attest by written oath to the accuracy of all information submitted for an application.

(5) Applications shall be accompanied by the payment of the applicable filing fees, if any, as set forth by resolution. (Ord. O2016-415 § 3 (Att. B); Ord. O99-29 § 1)

20.05.050 Notice of complete application to applicant.

(1) Within 28 days following receipt of a land use permit application, the department shall mail or provide written notice to the applicant that the application is either complete or incomplete. If the application is incomplete, the notice shall state with specificity what is necessary to make the application complete. To the extent known by the department, the notice shall identify other agencies of local, state, regional, or federal governments that may have jurisdiction over some aspects of the development proposal.

(2) An application shall be deemed complete under this section if the department does not provide written notice to the applicant that the application is incomplete within the 28-day period as provided herein.

(3) If the application is incomplete and the applicant submits the additional information requested by the department, the department shall notify the applicant in writing within 14 days whether the application is complete or what additional information specified by the department as provided in subsection (1) of this section is necessary to make the application complete. An application shall be deemed complete if the department fails to provide written notice to the applicant within the 14-day period that the application is incomplete.

(4) The date an application is deemed complete is the date of receipt by the department of all of the information necessary to make the application complete as provided in this chapter. The department’s issuance of a notice of complete application as provided in subsections (1) or (3) of this section, or the failure of the department to provide such a notice as provided in subsections (2) or (3) of this section, shall cause an application to be conclusively deemed to be complete and vested as provided in this chapter.

(5) The department may cancel an incomplete application if the applicant fails to submit the additional information required by this chapter within 90 days following notification from the department that the application is incomplete. (Ord. O99-29 § 1)

20.05.060 Notice of application.

(1) A notice of application shall be provided to the public for all land use permit applications requiring Type 2, 3 or 4 decisions or Type 1 decisions subject to SEPA pursuant to this section.

(2) Notice of the application shall be provided by the department within 14 days following the department’s determination that the application is complete. A public comment period of at least 21 days shall be provided, except as otherwise provided in Chapter 90.58 RCW.

(3) If the director has made a determination of significance (DS) under Chapter 43.21 RCW prior to the issuance of the notice of application, the notice of the DS shall be combined with the notice of application and the scoping notice.

(4) All required notices of application shall contain the following information:

(a) The file number;

(b) The name of the applicant;

(c) The date of application, the date of the notice of completeness and the date of the notice of application;

(d) A description of the project, the location, a list of the permits included in the application and the location where the application and any environmental documents or studies can be reviewed;

(e) A site plan on eight-and-one-half-by-14-inch paper, if applicable;

(f) The procedures and deadline for filing comments, requesting notice of any required hearings, and any appeal procedure;

(g) The date, time, place, and type of hearing, if applicable and scheduled at the time of notice;

(h) The identification of other permits not included in the application to the extent known;

(i) The identification of existing environmental documents that evaluate the proposed project;

(j) A statement of the preliminary determination, if one has been made, of those development regulations that will be used for project mitigation and of consistency with applicable City plans and regulations.

(5) Notice shall be provided in the following manner:

(a) Posted at the project site as provided in subsections (6) and (9) of this section;

(b) Mailed by first class mail as provided in subsection (7) of this section; and

(c) Published as provided in subsection (8) of this section.

(6) Posted notice for a proposal shall consist of one or more notice boards posted by the applicant within 14 days following the department’s determination of completeness as follows:

(a) A single notice board shall be posted for a project. This notice board may also be used for the posting of the notice of decision and notice of hearing and shall be placed by the applicant:

(i) At the midpoint of the site street frontage or as otherwise directed by the department for maximum visibility;

(ii) Five feet inside the street property line except when the board is structurally attached to an existing building; provided, that no notice board shall be placed more than five feet from the street property without approval of the department;

(iii) So that the top of the notice board is between seven to nine feet above grade; and

(iv) Where it is completely visible to pedestrians.

(b) Additional notice boards may be required when:

(i) The site does not abut a public road;

(ii) A large site abuts more than one public road; or

(iii) The department determines that additional notice boards are necessary to provide adequate public notice.

(c) Notice boards shall be:

(i) Maintained in good condition by the applicant during the notice period through the time of the final City decision on the proposal, including the expiration of any applicable appeal periods, and for decisions that are appealed, through the time of the final resolution of any appeal;

(ii) In place at least 28 days prior to the date of any required hearing for a Type 3 or 4 decision, or at least 14 days following the department’s determination of completeness for any Type 2 decision; and

(iii) Removed within 14 days after the end of the notice period.

(d) Removal of the notice board prior to the end of the notice period may be cause for discontinuance of City review until the notice board is replaced and remains in place for the specified time period.

(e) An affidavit of posting shall be submitted to the department by the applicant within 14 days following the department’s determination of completeness to allow continued processing of the application by the department.

(f) Notice boards shall be constructed and installed in accordance with this subsection, and any additional specifications promulgated by the department pursuant to Chapter 2.55 SMC, Rules of City Departments.

(7) Mailed notice for a proposal shall be sent by the department within 14 days after the department’s determination of completeness:

(a) By first class mail to owners of record of property in an area within 1,000 feet of the site and, if the site lies within an erosion hazards near sensitive water bodies overlay, to owners of record of property within a 2,000-foot-wide column centered at the site and extending directionally with the natural drainage of the basin to the perimeter of the overlay or to the Lake Sammamish shoreline, as determined by the director; provided, that such area shall be expanded as necessary to send mailed notices to at least 20 different property owners;

(b) To any utility that is intended to serve the site;

(c) To the State Department of Transportation, if the site adjoins a state highway;

(d) To the affected tribes;

(e) To any agency or community group that the department may identify as having an interest in the proposal;

(f) Be considered supplementary to posted notice and be deemed satisfactory despite the failure of one or more owners to receive mailed notice; and

(g) For preliminary plats only, to all cities within one mile of the proposed preliminary plat.

(8) Notice of a proposed action shall be published by the department within 14 days after the department’s determination of completeness in the official City newspaper.

(9) Posted Notice for Approved Formal Subdivision Engineering Plan, Clearing or Grading Permits Subject to SEPA, or Building Permits Subject to SEPA. Posted notice for approved formal subdivision engineering plans, clearing or grading permits subject to SEPA, or building permits subject to SEPA shall be a condition of the plan or permit approval and shall consist of a single notice board posted by the applicant at the project site, prior to construction as follows:

(a) Notice boards shall comport with the size and placement provisions identified for construction signs in SMC 21A.45.120(2);

(b) Notice boards shall include the following information:

(i) Permit number and description of the project;

(ii) Projected completion date of the project;

(iii) A contact name and phone number for both the department and the applicant; and

(iv) Hours of construction, if limited as a condition of the permit;

(c) Notice boards shall be maintained in the same manner as identified in subsection (6) of this section;

(d) Notice boards shall remain in place until final construction approval is granted. Early removal of the notice board may preclude authorization of final construction approval. (Ord. O2016-415 § 4 (Att. C); Ord. O2016-413 § 6 (Att. E); Ord. O99-29 § 1)

20.05.070 Vesting.

(1) Applications for Type 1, 2, 3 and 4 land use decisions, except those that seek variance from or exception to land use regulations and substantive and procedural SEPA decisions shall be considered under the zoning and other land use control ordinances in effect on the date a complete application is filed meeting all of the requirements of this chapter. The department’s issuance of a notice of complete application as provided in this chapter, or the failure of the department to provide such a notice as provided in this chapter, shall cause an application to be conclusively deemed to be vested as provided herein.

(2) Supplemental information required after vesting of a complete application shall not affect the validity of the vesting for such application.

(3) Vesting of an application does not vest any subsequently required permits, nor does it affect the requirements for vesting of subsequent permits or approvals. (Ord. O2009-249 § 1; Ord. O99-29 § 1)

20.05.080 Applications – Modifications to proposal.

(1) Modifications required by the City to a pending application shall not be deemed a new application.

(2) An applicant-requested modification occurring either before or after issuance of the permit shall be deemed a new application when such modification would result in a substantial change in a project’s review requirements, as determined by the department. (Ord. O99-29 § 1)

20.05.085 Reasonable accommodation.

(1) Purpose and Intent. The Federal Fair Housing Act (FFHA) requires that reasonable accommodations be made in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford persons with disabilities equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. The community development director is therefore authorized to make accommodations in the provisions of this code as applied to dwellings occupied or to be occupied by persons with disabilities as defined in the Federal Fair Housing Act, when the director determines that such accommodations reasonably may be necessary in order to comply with such Act.

(2) Applicability. The director may grant reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities as defined by the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. 3602(h), or the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), Chapter 49.60 RCW.

(3) Procedure. If modification of a standard or regulation in the Sammamish Municipal Code is sought, the director shall make a written determination within 45 days and either grant, grant with modifications, or deny a request for reasonable accommodation in accordance with the following:

(a) Application. Requests for reasonable accommodation by any eligible person or entity described in subsection (1) of this section shall be submitted on an application form provided by the community development department, or in the form of a letter, to the director of community development and shall contain the following information:

(i) The applicant’s name, address, email, and telephone number.

(ii) Address of the property for which the request is being made.

(iii) The property owner’s name, address and telephone number and the owner’s written consent.

(iv) The current actual use of the property.

(v) The basis for the claim that the individual that resides or will reside at the property is considered disabled under the Acts.

(vi) The provision, regulation or policy from which reasonable accommodation is being requested.

(vii) Why the reasonable accommodation is necessary to make the specific property accessible to the individual.

(viii) Copies of emails, correspondence, pictures, plans or background information reasonably necessary to reach a decision regarding the need for the accommodation.

(b) No fee shall be charged to the applicant for a response to a reasonable accommodation request.

(c) The director shall determine what adverse land use impacts, including cumulative impacts, if any, would result from granting the proposed accommodation. This determination shall take into account the size, shape and location of the dwelling unit and lot; the traffic and parking conditions on adjoining and neighboring streets; vehicle usage to be expected from the residents, staff and visitors; and any other circumstances determined to be relevant.

(d) A grant of reasonable accommodation permits a dwelling to be inhabited only according to the terms and conditions of the applicant’s proposal and the director’s decision. If it is determined that the accommodation has become unreasonable because circumstances have changed or adverse land use impacts have occurred that were not anticipated, the director shall rescind or modify the decision to grant reasonable accommodation.

(e) Appeals of reasonable accommodation decisions made by the director must be filed within 21 days of the decision issuance date. (Ord. O2016-408 § 1 (Att. A))

20.05.090 Notice of decision or recommendation – Appeals.

(1) The department shall provide notice in a timely manner of its final decision or recommendation on permits requiring Type 2, 3 and 4 land use decisions and Type 1 decisions subject to SEPA, including the threshold determination, if any, the dates for any public hearings, and the procedures for administrative appeals, if any. Notice shall be provided to the applicant, to the Department of Ecology, and to agencies with jurisdiction if required by Chapter 20.15 SMC, to the Department of Ecology and Attorney General as provided in Chapter 90.58 RCW, and to any person who, prior to the decision or recommendation, had requested notice of the decision or recommendation or submitted comments. The notice shall also be provided to the public as provided in SMC 20.05.060.

(2) Except for shoreline permits that are appealable to the State Shorelines Hearings Board, all notices of appeal to the hearing examiner of Type 2 land use decisions made by the director shall be filed within 21 calendar days from the date of issuance of the notice of decision as provided in SMC 20.10.080. (Ord. O99-29 § 1)

20.05.100 Permit issuance.

(1) Final decisions by the City on all permits and approvals subject to the procedures of this chapter should be issued within 120 days from the date the applicant is notified by the department pursuant to this chapter that the application is complete; provided, that the following shorter time periods should apply for the type of land use permit indicated:

New residential building permits

90 days

Residential remodels

40 days

Residential appurtenances, such as decks and garages

 

Residential appurtenances that require substantial site review

 

15 days

 

 

40 days

SEPA exempt clearing and grading

45 days

SEPA clearing and grading

90 days

Health department review (for projects pending a final department review and/or permit)

40 days

The following periods shall be excluded from this 120-day period:

(a) Any period of time during which the applicant has been requested by the department, hearing examiner or council to correct plans, perform required studies or provide additional information, including road variances and variances required under Chapter 9.04 KCC as adopted by SMC Title 13. The period shall be calculated from the date of notice to the applicant of the need for additional information (“request for revision”) until either the City advises the applicant that the additional information satisfies the City’s request or 14 days after the date the information has been provided, whichever is the earlier date. If the City determines that the correction, study, or other information submitted by the applicant is insufficient, it shall notify the applicant of the deficiencies, and the procedures of this section shall apply as if a new request for revision had been made.

(i) The department shall set a reasonable deadline for submittal by the applicant of corrections, studies, or other information in response to a request for revision, and shall provide written notification of the deadline to the applicant. The deadline may not exceed 90 days from the date of the request for revision; provided, that an extension of such deadline may be granted upon written request by the applicant providing satisfactory justification for an extension or upon the applicant’s agreement to and compliance with an approved schedule with specific target dates for submitting the full revisions, corrections or other information requested.

(ii) Applications may be canceled for inactivity if an applicant fails to provide, by such deadline, an adequate response substantively addressing code requirements identified in the written request for revision.

(iii) When granting a request for a deadline extension, the department shall give consideration to the number of days between receipt by the department of a written request for a deadline extension and the mailing to the applicant of the department’s decision regarding that request.

(b) The period of time, as set forth in SMC 20.15.060, during which an environmental impact statement is being prepared following a determination of significance pursuant to Chapter 43.21C RCW.

(c) A period of no more than 90 days for an open record appeal hearing by the hearing examiner on a Type 2 land use decision, and no more than 60 days for a closed record appeal by the county council on a Type 3 land use decision appealable to the county council, except when the parties to an appeal agree to extend these time periods.

(d) Any period of time during which an applicant fails to post the property, if required by this chapter, following the date notice is required until an affidavit of posting is provided to the department by the applicant.

(e) Any time extension mutually agreed upon by the applicant and the department.

(2) The time limits established in this section shall not apply if a proposed development:

(a) Requires an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan or a development regulation, or modification or waiver of a development regulation as part of a demonstration project;

(b) Requires approval of a new fully contained community as provided in RCW 36.70A.350, master planned resort as provided in RCW 36.70A.360, or the siting of an essential public facility as provided for RCW 36.70A.200; or

(c) Is substantially revised by the applicant, when such revisions will result in a substantial change in a project’s review requirements, as determined by the department, in which case the time period shall start from the date at which the revised project application is determined to be complete.

(3) Permits or approvals subject to the procedures of this chapter may be denied if the applicant is unable to present satisfactory proof of ownership of the property or development site as required by SMC 20.05.040(1)(r).

(4) If the department is unable to issue its final decision within the time limits established by this section, it shall provide written notice of this fact to the project applicant. The notice shall include a statement of reasons why the time limits have not been met and an estimated date for issuance of the notice of final decision. Within 14 days of the date of such notice, a copy of the notice shall be provided to the public in the manner set forth in SMC 20.05.060(5). (Ord. O2016-415 § 5 (Att. D); Ord. O2016-413 § 7 (Att. F); Ord. O2009-253 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O99-29 § 1)

20.05.110 Semi-annual report.

Beginning January 1, 2000, and continuing semi-annually thereafter, the director shall prepare a report to the City council detailing the length of time required to process applications for Type 1, 2, 3, and 4 land use decisions in the previous period, categorized both on average and by type of permit. The report shall provide commentary on department operations and identify any need for clarification of City policy or development regulations or process. (Ord. O99-29 § 1)

20.05.120 Citizen’s guide.

The director shall issue a citizen’s guide to permit processing including making an appeal or participating in a hearing. (Ord. O99-29 § 1)