Chapter 30.91O
"O" DEFINITIONS

Sections:

30.91O.005    Off-road vehicle (ORV) use area, private.

30.91O.006    Off-road vehicle trail.

30.91O.007    Off-road vehicle.

30.91O.008    Office and banking.

30.91O.010    Offsite road improvement.

30.91O.015    On-site stormwater management BMPs.

30.91O.016    Open space, private.

30.91O.017    Open space, common.

30.91O.020    Ordinance.

30.91O.030    Ordinary highwater mark.

30.91O.035    Ordinary repair and maintenance.

30.91O.040    Ordinary residential improvements.

30.91O.050    Organized competitive event.

30.91O.005 Off-road vehicle (ORV) use area, private.

"Off-road vehicle (ORV) use area, private" means the entire area of a parcel of land and approved buffer areas posted or designated for use in accordance with rules adopted by a managing authority. ORV use areas are planned, permitted and managed specialized recreational areas that serve more than an immediate family living on the site. An ORV use area may include trailheads, parking, information kiosks, loading/unloading ramps, dispersed trail system, trail courses, campgrounds, picnic areas and shelters, refuse collection areas, restroom facilities, signage, lighting, caretaker or managers house, administrative/concession structures that do not exceed 900 square feet, maintenance storage areas, and incidental accessory features such as fencing, phone booths and water fountains.

(Added Amended Ord. 05-146, Jan. 18, 2006, Eff date Feb. 12, 2006)

30.91O.006 Off-road vehicle trail.

"Off-road vehicle trail" means a corridor designated and maintained for recreational travel by off-road vehicles. Such trails are not normally suitable for travel by conventional two-wheel drive vehicles and are posted or designated by the managing authority of the property to permit ORV travel.

(Added Amended Ord. 05-146, Jan. 18, 2006, Eff date Feb. 12, 2006)

30.91O.007 Off-road vehicle.

"Off-road vehicle" means any self-propelled motor driven vehicle not used primarily for transporting persons or property upon public highways not required to be licensed under RCW 46.16.010. "Off-road vehicle" shall not include special construction vehicles. Such vehicles generally include, but are not limited to any motorized vehicle used for recreational travel on trails and non-highway roads or for recreation cross-country travel including two, three, or four-wheel vehicles, motorcycles, four-wheel drive vehicles, and dune buggies. Snowmobiles and non-motorized bicycles shall not be included in this definition.

(Added Amended Ord. 05-146, Jan. 18, 2006, Eff date Feb. 12, 2006; Amended by Amended Ord. 15-015, April 15, 2015, Eff date April 30, 2015)

30.91O.008 Office and banking.

"Office and banking" means a building built or occupied for use as a general office or a financial institution or both.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-013, Mar. 8, 2017, Eff date May 7, 2017)

30.91O.010 Offsite road improvement.

"Offsite road improvement" means improvement, except a frontage improvement, to an existing or proposed county road outside the boundaries of a development, which improvement is required or recommended in accordance with this title.

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

30.91O.015 On-site stormwater management BMPs.

"On-site stormwater management BMPs" means those best management practices designed to meet minimum requirement 5 specified in SCC 30.63A.525 and described in volume I of the Snohomish County Drainage Manual.

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

30.91O.016 Open space, private.

"Open space, private" ("Private open space") means a useable open space adjoining and directly accessible by a dwelling unit, reserved for the exclusive use of the occupants of the dwelling unit and their guests. Private open spaces may include patios and landscaped areas but does not include off-street parking, maneuvering, loading, or delivery areas.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.91O.017 Open space, common.*

"Open space, common" ("Common open space") means the central space within a residential or mixed use development reserved for exclusive use by the occupants and their guests. Examples include critical areas and buffers, lawn, gardens, plazas, or scenic viewing areas. Common open space does not include off-street parking, maneuvering, loading, or delivery areas.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

*Code reviser’s note: Amended Ordinance 16-073 added this section as SCC 30.91O.015. It was editorially renumbered to avoid duplication of numbering.

30.91O.020 Ordinance.

"Ordinance" means the ordinance, resolution, or other procedure used by the county to adopt regulatory requirements.

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

30.91O.030 Ordinary highwater mark.

"Ordinary highwater mark" on all lakes, streams and tidal waters is the mark that will be found by examining the beds and banks and ascertaining where the presence and action of waters are so common and usual, and so long continued in all ordinary years, as to mark upon the soil a character distinct from that of the abutting upland, with respect to vegetation. The following criteria clarify this mark on tidal waters, lakes, and streams:

(1) Tidal waters.

(a) in high energy environments where the action of waves or currents is sufficient to prevent vegetation establishment below mean higher high tide, the ordinary high water mark is coincident with the line of vegetation. Where there is no vegetative cover for less than one hundred feet parallel to the shoreline, the ordinary high water mark is the average tidal elevation of the adjacent lines of vegetation. Where the ordinary high water mark cannot be found, it is the elevation of mean higher high tide.

(b) in low energy saltwater environments where the action of waves and currents is not sufficient to prevent vegetation establishment below mean higher high tide, the ordinary high water mark is coincident with the landward limit of hydrophytic salt tolerant vegetation. "Salt tolerant vegetation" means vegetation which is tolerant of interstitial soil salinities greater than or equal to 0.5 parts per thousand (ppt);

(c) In low energy freshwater environments where the action of the water is not sufficient to prevent vegetation establishment below the mean higher high tide, use the mean higher high tide elevation or one or more the following indicators: landward limits of drift logs or other drift deposits, presence of hydrophytic plants, presence of hydric soils, soil surface changes from algae, or sediment deposition areas to areas where the soils show no sign of depositional processes from water;

(2) Lakes. Where the ordinary high water mark cannot be found, it shall be the line of mean high water;

(3) Streams. Where the ordinary high water mark cannot be found, it shall be the line of mean high water. For braided streams, the ordinary high water mark is found on the banks forming the outer limits of the depression within which the braiding occurs.

(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)

30.91O.035 Ordinary repair and maintenance.

"Ordinary repair and maintenance" means work for which a permit issued by Snohomish County is not required by law, and where the purpose and effect of such work is to correct any deterioration or decay of, or damage to, the real property or structure appurtenances and to restore the same, as nearly as may be practicable, to the condition prior to the occurrence of such deterioration, decay, or damage.

This definition applies only to "Historic preservation" regulations in chapter 30.32D SCC.

(Added Amended Ord. 06-037, December 13, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007)

30.91O.040 Ordinary residential improvements.

"Ordinary residential improvements" means those structures and facilities which are commonly found with, and are incidental to the development and use of a single-family residence including, but not limited to, garages, decks, driveways and serving utility systems.

This definition applies only to "Critical areas" regulations in chapters 30.62A, 30.62B and 30.62C SCC.

(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)

30.91O.050 Organized competitive event.

"Organized competitive event" means any off-road vehicle competition, advertised in advance through written notice to organized clubs or published in local newspapers, sponsored by recognized clubs, and conducted at a pre-determined time and place. No organized competitive event shall require conversion of forest land for the purpose of spectator seating.

(Added Amended Ord. 05-146, Jan. 18, 2006, Eff date Feb. 12, 2006)