Chapter 2.08
PLANNING DEPARTMENT AND PLANNING COMMISSION

Sections:

2.08.005    Planning Commission Created.

2.08.010    Commission Review of Growth Management Act (GMA) Plans and Implementing Regulations.

2.08.015    Composition of Commission.

2.08.030    Commission’s Hearings.

2.08.050    Administrative Responsibility.

2.08.060    Financing.

2.08.070    Adoption of Rules.

2.08.075    Initial Appointments.

2.08.080    Appointment to the Commission.

2.08.090    Commissioner’s Terms.

2.08.100    Vacancies.

2.08.110    Organization of Commission.

2.08.120    Quorum of Commissioners -- Meetings.

2.08.005 Planning Commission Created.

The Snohomish county planning commission is hereby created and shall be referred to in this chapter as the commission. The commission is created pursuant to charter sections 2.20 and 11.30 and shall serve as an advisory body to the council and executive. The commission shall perform the functions of a planning commission under chapter 36.70 RCW with regard to the preparation of any comprehensive plans and official controls and amendments thereto which are adopted by the county under the authority of chapter 36.70 RCW. The commission shall also perform such other and additional duties as the council shall, from time to time, direct by ordinance.

(Added Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993)

2.08.010 Commission Review of Growth Management Act (GMA) Plans and Implementing Regulations.

The commission shall conduct proceedings for plans and implementing regulations adopted under the Growth Management Act, Chapter 36.70A RCW, and pursuant to chapter 30.73 SCC.

(Ord. 94-036 § 1, April 6, 1994; Ord. 02-098, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003).

2.08.015 Composition of Commission.

The commission shall consist of 11 members appointed by the council from nominees proposed by the council and executive pursuant to their concurrent authority to make such nominations pursuant to charter section 2.20. Appointments shall be made in accordance with SCC 2.08.080.

(Added Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993).

2.08.030 Commission’s Hearings.

The commission shall conduct such hearings as are required of a planning commission by chapter 36.70 RCW and such other hearings as are required by this code and shall make findings of fact and conclusions therefrom which shall be transmitted to the department of planning and development services. The department shall transmit the same on to the council with such comments and recommendations it deems necessary.

(§ 3 of Res. adopted June 18, 1962; § 6 of Res. adopted September 15, 1978; Amended by Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993; Ord. 95-004, § 9, Feb. 15, 1995, Eff date Feb. 27, 1995).

2.08.050 Administrative Responsibility.

The director of planning and development services shall be responsible for providing secretarial and technical assistance to the commission.

(§ 5 of Res. adopted June 18, 1962; Amended by Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993; Ord. 95-004, § 10, Feb. 15, 1995, Eff date Feb. 27, 1995).

2.08.060 Financing.

The commission shall incur no financial obligations nor authorize any financial expenditures except for such purposes as are expressly authorized in advance by the county council in such a manner as the law provides. Appropriations for the operation of the commission shall be separately identified, but the office accounting or other office records of finances shall be kept by the department of planning and development services.

(§ 6 of Res. adopted June 18, 1962; Amended by Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993; Ord. 95-004, § 11, Feb. 15, 1995, Eff date Feb. 27, 1995).

2.08.070 Adoption of Rules.

The commission shall adopt its own rules and regulations governing the conducting of its internal affairs; PROVIDED, That such rules and regulations shall not be in conflict with state or county law.

(§ 7 of Res. adopted June 18, 1962; Amended by Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993).

2.08.075 Initial Appointments.

(1) Initial appointments to the commission shall include all members of the county planning commission organized pursuant to prior law who are serving on the effective date of this section and shall include such additional persons selected in accordance with SCC 2.08.080 as are necessary to complete a full 11 member commission. Initial appointments shall be to staggered terms as follows, PROVIDED: The terms of members appointed from the prior planning commission shall not be shorter than the remaining terms of such members as planning commissioners under prior law:

(a) three members for a term of four years;

(b) three members for a term of three years;

(c) three members for a term of two years; and

(d) two members for a term of one year.

(2) Appointments to terms subsequent to the initial terms set forth above shall be made in accordance with SCC 2.08.080.

(Added by Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993).

2.08.080 Appointment to the Commission.

(1) Vacancies among the 11 members of the commission which hereafter occur shall be filled by the council, with individuals nominated pursuant to the concurrent nomination authority of the council and county executive. Except for one at-large position, each vacancy shall be filled by a resident of the council district in which the vacating member resided at the time of his or her appointment so that each district is represented by at least two members of the commission. Council nominations for other than the at-large position may be made by the council member who represents the district for which the appointment is made, and not by any other council member. Nominations for the at-large position may be made by the county executive and any council member. Council members and the executive shall endeavor to nominate individuals who have one or more of the following attributes:

(a) Architectural background;

(b) Legal background;

(c) Farming or related background;

(d) Recreation or related background;

(e) Financial or related background;

(f) Real estate or related background;

(g) Environmental or related background;

(h) Construction or related background;

(i) Fisheries or related background;

(j) Engineering or related background;

(k) Appraisal or related background;

(l) Land use planning or related background;

(m) Education or related background; and

(n) Other job knowledge or interests that will add balance to the commission. A person need not be actively engaged in activities related to these attributes at the time of nomination.

(2) The council shall hold a hearing to consider the nomination(s) for each vacancy prior to appointing a nominee to the commission. After such hearing the council may fill the vacancy if it determines in its discretion that the appointment is consistent with the guidelines set out in subsection (3) of this section, and makes written findings that the following requirements for appointment to the commission are satisfied:

(a) The nominee must be a legal resident of Snohomish County and, except for the at-large position, of the council district for which he or she was nominated;

(b) The nominee must not be a Snohomish county employee except when serving as a temporary appointee pursuant to SCC.3A.08.050(2); and

(c) The nominee must have sufficient time to attend all scheduled commission meetings.

(3) It is desirable that the nominee (a) have knowledge of land use theories and growth management legislation, (b) have a minimal potential for conflict of interest, (c) have a demonstrated interest in the welfare of Snohomish county, and (d) add balance to county wide representation on the commission.

(4) If the council is unable to find that the requirements set out in subsection (2) of this section are satisfied, or determines in its discretion that making the appointment would be inconsistent with the guidelines set forth in subsection (3) of this section, the nomination or nominations shall be returned to the original nominating authority for submission of a new nomination.

(5) No individual member of the commission shall serve more than two complete consecutive terms.

(6) (a) Any commissioner who has more than four unexcused absences in any calendar year or whose legal residence is removed from Snohomish county shall have his or her position declared vacant by the commission. The commission shall promptly notify the council and executive of a vacancy declared by the commission under this subsection.

(b) The council may declare a vacancy in any position held by a commissioner whose legal residence is removed from the council district for which he or she was appointed, but not from Snohomish County. If the council declares a vacancy, that commissioner may continue to serve until the vacancy is filled pursuant to subsections (1) through (4) above, or until that commissioner’s term expires, whichever occurs first.

(§ 8 of Res. adopted June 18, 1962; Ord. 82-008, § 1, adopted March 5, 1982; Amended by Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993; Amended Ord. 97-069, § 1, August 6, 1997, Eff date August 17, 1997; amended by Ord. 09-108 October 21, 2009, Eff date retroactive to June 1, 2009).

2.08.090 Commissioner’s Terms.

The terms of office for members of the commission shall be for four years.

(§ 9 of Res. adopted June 18, 1962; Amended by Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993).

2.08.100 Vacancies.

Vacancies resulting from the expiration of terms of office shall be filled by appointments for a term of four years. Vacancies occurring for any reason other than the expiration of a term of office shall be by appointment for the unexpired term of the office being filled.

(§ 10 of Res. adopted June 18, 1962; Amended by Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993).

2.08.110 Organization of Commission.

At its first meeting each calendar year, the commission shall organize by electing a chairman and vice chairman to serve for a period of one year. The commission may appoint standing or special committees to each of which it may assign specific responsibilities and authority; PROVIDED, Only that each committee shall make no recommendations except to the commission.

(§ 11 of Res. adopted June 18, 1962; Amended by Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993).

2.08.120 Quorum of Commissioners -- Meetings.

Six members of the commission shall constitute a quorum. All action of the commission shall be determined by a majority vote of the commission membership at a meeting at which a quorum is present.

The commission shall hold not less than one regular meeting in each month; PROVIDED, That if no matters over which the commission has jurisdiction are pending upon its calendar, a meeting may be cancelled.

(§ 12 of Res. adopted June 18, 1962; Amended by Amended Ord. 93-034, April 28, 1993).