Chapter 30.91H
"H" DEFINITIONS

Sections:

30.91H.010    Habitat enhancement.

30.91H.020    Hammerhead.

30.91H.030    Hardware store.

30.91H.035    Hard surface.

30.91H.040    Hazardous tree.

30.91H.050    Hazardous waste.

30.91H.060    Hazardous waste storage.

30.91H.070    Hazardous waste treatment.

30.91H.080    Hazardous waste treatment and storage facility, offsite.

30.91H.090    Hazardous waste treatment and storage facility, onsite.

30.91H.095    Health and social service facilities - Levels I, II and III.

30.91H.100    Hearing examiner.

30.91H.108    High capacity transit.

30.91H.110    Highway capacity manual.

30.91H.115    Historic district.

30.91H.116    Historic preservation commission.

30.91H.117    Historic property.

30.91H.120    Home improvement center.

30.91H.130    Home occupation.

30.91H.140    Homeowners’ association or association.

30.91H.150    Homestead parcel.

30.91H.160    Hospital.

30.91H.170    Hotel.

30.91H.175    Houseboat.

30.91H.180    Repealed.

30.91H.190    Housing cooperative.

30.91H.200    Repealed.

30.91H.210    Repealed.

30.91H.220    Housing, low income.

30.91H.230    Repealed.

30.91H.240    Repealed.

30.91H.242    Hydrogen sulfide (H2S).

30.91H.250    Hydrogeology.

30.91H.260    Hydrograph.

30.91H.280    Hyporheic zone.

30.91H.010 Habitat enhancement.

"Habitat enhancement" means the manipulation of the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of a wetland or fish and wildlife habitat conservation area to heighten, intensify or improve specific function(s) or to change the growth stage or composition of the vegetation present. Enhancement is undertaken for specified purposes such as water quality improvement, flood water retention or preservation of wildlife habitat.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Amended Ord. 06-061, Aug. 1, 2007, Eff date Oct. 1, 2007)

30.91H.020 Hammerhead.

"Hammerhead" means a street temporarily closed at one end, the ultimate purpose of which is to provide an extension of the street to adjacent property. The end of this temporary dead-end street must be further characterized by an extension of the street width to be used for turning of motor vehicles.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.030 Hardware store.

"Hardware store" means a retail store for the sale of tools, paints, and other small building equipment and supplies. This term shall not include the sale or storage of lumber, drywall, roofing, or other similar building materials.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.035 Hard surface.

"Hard surface" means an impervious surface, a permeable pavement, or a vegetated roof.

(Added by Ord. 15-103, Jan. 11, 2016, Eff date Jan. 22, 2016)

30.91H.040 Hazardous tree.

"Hazardous tree" means a tree which poses an imminent danger of falling on structures, or which constitutes an airport hazard.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.050 Hazardous waste.

"Hazardous waste" means hazardous waste as defined in chapter 70.105 RCW.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.060 Hazardous waste storage.

"Hazardous waste storage" means the holding of hazardous waste for a temporary period. Any manner of management of hazardous waste constituting disposal or abandonment is not considered storage for a temporary period. Any hazardous waste stored for a temporary period shall be scheduled for future treatment and disposal within a reasonable time period as regulated by chapter 173-303 WAC as now written or hereafter amended. Accumulation of hazardous waste by a generator on the site of generation is not storage as long as the generator complies with the applicable requirements of chapter 173-303 WAC as now written or hereafter amended.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.070 Hazardous waste treatment.

"Hazardous waste treatment" means the physical, chemical or biological processing of hazardous waste for the purpose of rendering these wastes for material resource recovery, amenable for storage, or reduced in volume, as regulated by chapter 173-303 WAC as now written or hereafter amended.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.080 Hazardous waste treatment and storage facility, offsite.

"Hazardous waste treatment and storage facility, offsite" means treatment and storage facilities which treat and store hazardous wastes generated on properties other than those on which the offsite facilities are located as regulated by chapter 173-303 WAC as now written or hereafter amended.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.090 Hazardous waste treatment and storage facility, onsite.

"Hazardous waste treatment and storage facility, onsite" means treatment and storage facilities which treat and store hazardous wastes generated onsite as defined in WAC 173-303-040 as now written or hereafter amended.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.095 Health and social service facilities - Levels I, II and III.

"Health and social service facilities - Levels I, II and III" means:

(1) Level I Health and Social Service Facility (Level I HSSF). A Level I HSSF means a use which occupies a residential structure used by the disabled as a residence along with their family members and caregivers. By way of illustration and not limitation, this definition shall include:

(a) Group homes for the disabled and consensual living arrangements equivalent to a familial setting which are protected by state or federal law as residential uses;

(b) Adult family homes, licensed pursuant to chapter 70.128 RCW;

(c) Foster homes licensed pursuant to chapter 74.15 RCW for the placement of youth, disabled or expectant mothers in a residential setting, including but not limited to foster family homes, community group care facilities and crisis residential centers; and

(d) Any other residential facilities for the disabled which must be accommodated in a single family zone pursuant to RCW 36.70.990 or 36.70A.410.

(2) Level II Health and Social Service Facility (Level II HSSF). A Level II HSSF means a use which is licensed or regulated by the state to provide emergency medical treatment on a 24-hour per day basis or which houses persons in an institutional setting that provides chronic care or medical service on regular recurring basis to its residents and which includes, but are not limited to a:

(a) Hospital (including acute alcoholism/drug, psychiatric and state mental hospitals);

(b) Nursing home;

(c) Private adult treatment home;

(d) Mental health facility, adult and child residential;

(e) Soldiers’ home and veterans’ home;

(f) Large institutional boarding home for the care of senior citizens and the disabled sometimes known as assisted living facilities or continuous care retirement communities with emphasis on assisted living that may also include independent living and congregate care;

(g) State residential school for hearing and visually impaired;

(h) Alcoholism and drug residential treatment facility;

(i) Child birthing center/facility; and

(j) Hospice.

(3) Level III Health and Social Service Facility (Level III HSSF). A Level III HSSF means a use, including commercial enterprises and charitable institutions, which provides social, medical, counseling or other forms of treatment in a clinical setting or on an outpatient basis. Shelters providing services to the homeless or other transients shall be included in this category. Level III HSSF includes, but are not limited to an:

(a) Ambulatory surgical center;

(b) Blood bank;

(c) Medical claims processing facility;

(d) Counseling, psychological and psychiatric treatment clinics in an office setting;

(e) Eye bank;

(f) Renal disease center and kidney dialysis treatment center;

(g) Home health care agency;

(h) Medical laboratory;

(i) Occupational and physical therapy facility;

(j) Rehabilitation facility; and

(k) Homeless and transient shelter.

(4) The terms used herein are based upon categories established by the State of Washington through its various licensing agencies. As the director interprets the provisions of this title pursuant to chapter 30.83 SCC, or classifies unlisted uses pursuant to SCC 30.22.040, the director shall use and/or analogize to the applicable licensing categories and definitions developed by the state of Washington and agencies such as the Department of Social and Health Services in order to determine whether or not any particular use falls within the categories established for health and social service facilities.

(5) The term "Health and social services facilities - Level I, II and III" shall not include:

(a) Correctional facilities, including but not limited, to prisons and jails when proposed as a governmental facility pursuant to this title;

(b) Community facilities as defined in RCW 72.05.020; and

(c) secure community transition facilities proposed under the authority of, and consistent with the provisions of chapter 71.09 RCW.

(6) Nothing herein is intended to preclude the housing of children in the custody of the state within health and social service facilities, levels I, II, and III as defined in this section, provided that such facility is not a community facility as defined in RCW 72.05.020.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-010, Mar. 3, 2004, Eff date Mar. 15, 2004)

30.91H.100 Hearing examiner.

"Hearing examiner" or "examiner" means the hearing examiner or a deputy hearing examiner or pro tem hearing examiner appointed in accordance with chapter 2.02 SCC.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 13-043, June 19, 2013, Eff date June 30, 2013)

30.91H.108 High capacity transit.

"High capacity transit" means any transit technology that functions to carry high volumes of passengers quickly and efficiently, and preferably on exclusive or semi-exclusive rights-of-way, such as bus rapid transit, light rail, commuter rail, and passenger-only ferries.

(Added by Amended Ord. 13-007, Sep. 11, 2013, Eff date Oct. 3, 2013)

30.91H.110 Highway capacity manual.

"Highway capacity manual" means the most current edition of the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) as published by the Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, including amendments thereto.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.115 Historic district.

"Historic district" means historic property consisting of multiple buildings, structures, sites or objects located in proximity to one another and related in historic period or theme.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.116 Historic preservation commission.

"Historic preservation commission" means the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission created by chapter 2.96 SCC.

(Added Amended Ord. 06-037, December 13, 2006, Eff date Jan. 5, 2007)

30.91H.117 Historic property.

"Historic property" means real property together with any improvements, except property listed in a register primarily for objects buried below ground, which is listed in the local register, certified by the United States Secretary of the Interior as provided in 16 U.S.C. 470, or listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

(Added Amended Ord. 06-037, December 13, 2006, Eff date Jan. 5, 2007)

30.91H.120 Home improvement center.

"Home improvement center" means a retail store for the sale of tools, paint, lawn care supplies, and other similar equipment and supplies. This term shall include the sale of lumber, drywall, roofing, and other similar building materials where storage of the same utilizes less than 50 percent of the display and storage area.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.130 Home occupation.

"Home occupation" means an occupation conducted within a dwelling unit by a member or members of a family residing therein under the conditions outlined in SCC 30.22.130(11). A home occupation may also be conducted within a residential accessory building and/or an attached garage within certain rural and resource zones in accordance with SCC 30.22.130(64) or (84).

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.140 Homeowners’ association or association.

"Homeowners’ association" or "association" means a corporation, unincorporated association, or other legal entity, each member of which is an owner of residential real property located within the associations jurisdiction, as described in the governing documents, and by virtue of membership or ownership of property is obligated to pay real property taxes, insurance premiums, maintenance costs, or for improvement of real property other than that which is owned by the member. "Homeowners’ association" does not mean an association created under chapters 64.32 or 64.34 RCW.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.150 Homestead parcel.

"Homestead parcel" means a parcel of land within an agricultural area, having reduced lot area and lot width requirements established for recognition of an existing non-farm residential use.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.160 Hospital.

"Hospital" means an institution specializing in providing persons clinical, temporary and emergency services of a medical psychiatric, psychological or surgical nature.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003Amended Ord. 04-010, Mar. 3, 2004, Eff date Mar. 15, 2004)

30.91H.170 Hotel.

"Hotel" means a commercial establishment offering lodging to travelers and sometimes to permanent residents, and often having public restaurants meetings rooms, or stores.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.175 Houseboat.

"Houseboat" means a vessel used for living quarters but licensed and designed substantially as a mobile structure by means of detachable utilities or facilities, anchoring, and the presence of self-propulsion to operate as a vessel.

This definition applies only to "Shoreline" regulations in chapters 30.44 and 30.67 SCC.

(Added Amended Ord. 12-025, June 6, 2012, Eff date July 27, 2012)

30.91H.180 Household.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Repealed by Ord. 15-005, March 18, 2015, Eff date April 2, 2015)

30.91H.190 Housing cooperative.

"Housing cooperative" means a form of ownership in which owners purchase shares in a corporation holding title to a building. In return for the shares, owners must receive a proprietary lease entitling them to occupy a specific area (unit) of the building.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.200 Housing diversity.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Repealed by Ord. 15-005, March 18, 2015, Eff date April 2, 2015)

30.91H.210 Housing, low-income (Low-income housing).

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Repealed by Ord. 15-005, March 18, 2015, Eff date April 2, 2015)

30.91H.220 Housing, low income.

"Housing, low income" means:

(1) rental housing occupied or to be occupied by households whose gross income when adjusted for size is at or below 50 percent of the area median at occupancy and rises after occupancy to no greater than 80 percent of the area median as annually adjusted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and whose housing expense (rent and utility cost) is no greater than 30 percent of the target population household’s gross income; and

(2) owner-occupied housing which is purchased and can be financed under standard underwriting practices by first-time home buyer households whose income when adjusted for size is at or below 80 percent of the area median as annually adjusted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, who make a three percent down payment and whose housing expense is no greater than 30 percent of the household’s gross income. Housing expense for owners includes house purchase loan principal and interest (except for deferred interest loans), real property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and, if applicable, homeowner association costs.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.230 Housing, mixed-income (Mixed-income housing).

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Repealed by Ord. 15-005, March 18, 2015, Eff date April 2, 2015)

30.91H.240 Housing, moderate-income.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Repealed by Ord. 15-005, March 18, 2015, Eff date April 2, 2015)

30.91H.242 Hydrogen sulfide (H2S).

"Hydrogen sulfide (H2S)" means a colorless gas with a rotten egg odor often produced by the decay of plant or animal material. Most hydrogen sulfide in the air comes from natural sources such as decaying organic matter, seaweed on the beach or stagnant water in bogs. It is released from sewage sludge, liquid manure, sulfur hot springs, natural gas, and synthetic fuels.

(Added Amended Ord. 06-074, November 8, 2006, Eff date November 26, 2006)

30.91H.250 Hydrogeology.

"Hydrogeology" means the study of groundwater--its origin, occurrence, movement and quality.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.260 Hydrograph.

"Hydrograph" means a graph of runoff rate, inflow rate or discharge rate showing variation past a specific location, over time.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003)

30.91H.280 Hyporheic zone.

"Hyporheic zone" means the saturated zone under and adjacent to a river or stream, comprising substrate with the interstices filled with water.

(Added Amended Ord. 06-061, Aug. 1, 2007, Eff date Oct. 1, 2007)