Chapter 2.01
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Sections:

2.01.010    Creation and Purpose.

2.01.020    Definitions.

2.01.030    Authority and functions.

2.01.035    Buildable lands program.

2.01.040    Director.

2.01.050    Appointment of Director.

2.01.060    Organization by Director.

2.01.070    Severability.

2.01.080    Effective Date.

2.01.010 Creation and Purpose.

There is hereby established a Snohomish county department of planning and development services. It shall be the purpose of this department to manage overall land use planning activities, provide coordination of the associated permit and inspection process, and perform other resource management functions which may be assigned to it. The department will be responsible for implementing land use and resource management policies as defined by the county council.

(Ord. 82-130 § 2, adopted December 10, 1982; Ord. 95-004, § 1, Feb. 15, 1995, Eff date Feb. 27, 1995).

2.01.020 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply to terms used in this chapter:

(1) "Department" means the Snohomish county department of planning and development services.

(2) "Director" means the director of the department of planning and development services.

(3) "County personnel system" means those statements of policy and procedure contained in Title 3A SCC or its successor.

(4) "Exempt personnel system" means the conditions of employment under the provisions of chapter 3.68 SCC and amendments thereto.

(Ord. 82-130 § 2, adopted December 10, 1982; Ord. 95-004, § 2, Feb. 15, 1995, Eff date Feb. 27, 1995).

2.01.030 Authority and functions.

The department shall have the authority to develop comprehensive land use plans, administer zoning and development codes, and coordinate the permit and inspection process. The department’s scope of authority shall include, but not be limited to, the following functional areas:

(1) Administration of the community planning process;

(2) Coordination of the development technical review process;

(3) Administration of the resource planning process;

(4) Coordination and administration of the permit issuance, inspection and compliance process;

(5) Coordination of the State Environmental Policy Act review process;

(6) Perform such other planning, technical review, permit issuance, inspection, and compliance functions as are delegated by the county executive.

(Ord. 82-130 § 2, adopted December 10, 1982; Amended Ord. 05-107, November 21, 2005, Eff date July 1, 2006; Ord. 06-090, November 20, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007).

2.01.035 Buildable lands program.

The department shall work with cities to develop buildable lands analysis procedures reports and buildable lands review and evaluation reports in accordance with RCW 36.70A.215 and county-wide planning policy GF-7, subject to their review and adoption on behalf of the county by the county council. Council review of review and evaluation reports shall be consistent with the methodology of the applicable buildable lands analysis procedures report and include at least one public hearing. Council action of a report under this section shall not limit the county executive’s ability to comment on the report for dispute resolution or other purposes.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-033, July 24, 2002, Eff date Aug. 9, 2002; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-050, Sept. 28, 2011, Eff date Oct. 16, 2011).

2.01.040 Director.

(1) The director shall organize, manage and administer the activities of the department. He or she shall advise the executive and the council with regard to programs managed by or affecting the activities of the department.

(2) The director may, upon approval by the executive, issue rules as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter, and upon approval by the executive and/or council, enter into contracts on behalf of the county to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

(3) The director shall prepare and submit to the executive annual budget estimates for the department as provided in SCC 4.26.030.

(4) The director shall appoint all officers and employees of the department in accordance with the rules of the county personnel system and exempt personnel system and shall implement service improvements and cost reductions where possible.

(5) The director shall have the power to accept on behalf of the county, deeds and other conveyances or covenants of real property when such conveyances or covenants are tendered in compliance with conditions of a land use or development permit, and consistent with adopted land use, development or engineering standards and regulations, except that:

(a) Right-of-Way (ROW) conveyances shall be approved and accepted by the director of the department of public works or county engineer; and

(b) Road establishments are accepted under separate authority and procedures in accordance with chapter 36.81 RCW and chapter 13.90 SCC.

(6) The director may delegate functions, powers, and duties to other officers and employees of the department as deemed expedient to further the purposes of this chapter.

(Ord. 82-130 § 2, adopted December 10, 1982; Ord. 02-026, Eff. Date August 9, 2002; Amended Ord. 07-015, March 21, 2007, Eff date April 7, 2007; Amended by Ord. 15-005, March 18, 2015, Eff date April 2, 2015; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-029, May 11, 2016, Eff date May 23, 2016; Amended by Ord. 17-063, Oct. 11, 2017, Eff date Oct. 27, 2017).

2.01.050 Appointment of Director.

The director shall be appointed by the executive subject to confirmation by the county council. The director shall serve at the pleasure of the executive and shall be subject to the county exempt personnel system.

(Ord. 82-130 § 2, adopted December 10, 1982).

2.01.060 Organization by Director.

The director may create divisions and reassign positions and functions within the department; PROVIDED, That any budget transfers required by such actions are approved by the council; and PROVIDED FURTHER, That personnel assignments and changes shall be made in conformance with the personnel rules and policies of Snohomish county.

(Ord. 82-130 § 2, adopted December 10, 1982).

2.01.070 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter shall not be affected.

(Ord. 82-130 § 2, adopted December 10, 1982).

2.01.080 Effective Date.

This chapter shall be effective on January 1, 1983.

(Ord. 82-130 § 2, adopted December 10, 1982).