Chapter 19.10
DEFINITIONS

Sections:

19.10.005    Definitions generally.

19.10.010    Alley.

19.10.015    Applicant.

19.10.020    Binding site plan.

19.10.025    Block.

19.10.030    Bond.

19.10.035    Boundary line adjustment.

19.10.040    Buffer strip.

19.10.045    City.

19.10.050    City council.

19.10.055    Collector arterial.

19.10.060    Community development director.

19.10.065    Comprehensive plan.

19.10.070    County auditor.

19.10.075    County treasurer.

19.10.080    Cul-de-sac.

19.10.085    Declaration of short subdivision.

19.10.090    Dedication.

19.10.095    Easement.

19.10.100    Final approval.

19.10.105    Final subdivision plat.

19.10.110    Hearing examiner.

19.10.115    Improvements.

19.10.120    Lot.

19.10.125    Lot combination.

19.10.130    Minor arterial.

19.10.135    Owner.

19.10.140    Parcel.

19.10.145    Pedestrian way.

19.10.150    Plat.

19.10.155    Preliminary approval.

19.10.160    Preliminary plat.

19.10.165    Principal arterial.

19.10.170    Private roadway.

19.10.175    Public street or right-of-way.

19.10.180    Public works director.

19.10.185    Short plat.

19.10.190    Short subdivision.

19.10.195    Subdivider.

19.10.200    Subdivision.

19.10.005 Definitions generally.

For the purpose of this title, certain numbers, abbreviations, terms and words shall be used, interpreted and defined as set forth in this chapter. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense shall include the future; the singular shall include the plural and the plural the singular; the word “shall” is always mandatory, and the words “may” and “should” are permissive. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983)

19.10.010 Alley.

“Alley” means a public right-of-way or city approved private way which affords only a secondary means of vehicular access to abutting property, unless specifically allowed by this title to serve as a primary means of access subject to specific conditions. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.015 Applicant.

“Applicant” means the owner(s) of land proposed to be subdivided or the owner’s representative who shall have express written authority to act on behalf of the owner. Written consent shall be required from the legal owner(s) of the land proposed to be subdivided. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1578 § 1, 1987. Formerly 19.10.007)

19.10.020 Binding site plan.

“Binding site plan” means the division of land classified as industrial or commercial use provided by RCW 58.17.020 and 58.17.035. The binding site plan shall include a drawing to scale as specified by this title and the Lynnwood Municipal Code which:

A. Identifies and shows the areas and locations of all streets, private roads, easements, improvements, utilities, open spaces, and any other matters specified by this title and the Lynnwood Municipal Code;

B. Contains inscriptions or attachments setting forth such appropriate limitations and conditions for the use of the land as are established by this title and the Lynnwood Municipal Code; and

C. Contains provisions making any development be in conformity with the site plan. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.010)

19.10.025 Block.

“Block” means all property fronting upon one side of a street between intersecting and intercepting streets, or between a street and a railroad right-of-way, PUD/Interurban right-of-way, terminus or dead-end street, or city boundary. An intercepting street shall determine only the boundary of the block on the side of the street, which it intercepts. Private alleys and private roadways shall not be considered in determining blocks. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.015)

19.10.030 Bond.

“Bond” means any form of a surety in an amount and form satisfactory to the public works director and the city attorney. All bonds shall be approved by the public works director whenever a bond is required by this title. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.035 Boundary line adjustment.

“Boundary line adjustment” means a division made for the purpose of adjusting boundary lines between platted or unplatted lots or both which does not create any additional lots, tracts, parcels, or sites. A boundary line adjustment may not modify existing nonconforming lots to make the lots more nonconforming. A boundary line adjustment also provides a procedure to consolidate previously platted lots into a single parcel. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.040 Buffer strip.

“Buffer strip” means a strip of land that is landscaped and maintained as open space in order to eliminate or minimize conflicts and impacts between a development and adjacent land use or public street. The buffer strip shall be held in private ownership and not be dedicated as public right-of-way. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.020)

19.10.045 City.

“City” means for the purposes of this title the city of Lynnwood. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1578 § 1, 1987. Formerly 19.10.024)

19.10.050 City council.

“City council” means the city council of the city of Lynnwood, Washington. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.025)

19.10.055 Collector arterial.

“Collector arterial” means those arterials that are designated as collector arterials in the Lynnwood comprehensive plan. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.060 Community development director.

“Community development director” means the director of the community development department for the city of Lynnwood or the director’s designated representative. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.065 Comprehensive plan.

“Comprehensive plan” means the generalized coordinated land use policy statement of the city of Lynnwood that was adopted pursuant to Chapter 36.70A RCW. The plan includes the city’s vision and goals, the GMA required elements, addresses the statewide planning goals, and provides the policy support for implementing regulations. The plan includes both text and map. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.030)

19.10.070 County auditor.

“County auditor” means the office of the person assigned such duties as defined in Chapter 36.22 RCW or as defined in the Snohomish County Charter. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.035)

19.10.075 County treasurer.

“County treasurer” means the office of the person assigned such duties as defined in Chapter 36.29 RCW or as defined in the Snohomish County Charter. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.040)

19.10.080 Cul-de-sac.

“Cul-de-sac” means a street with only one outlet that terminates in a vehicular turnaround and having an appropriate terminal for the safe and convenient reversal of traffic movement. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.085 Declaration of short subdivision.

“Declaration of short subdivision” means a document signed by all persons having any peculiar interest in the land being subdivided and acknowledged before a notary that they signed the same as their voluntary act and deed. The declaration shall, at a minimum, contain the elements of:

A. A legal description of the tract being divided and all parcels contained therein; and

B. An illustrative map; and

C. If applicable, the restrictive covenants. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.090 Dedication.

“Dedication” means the deliberate appropriation of land or improvements by the owner for any general and public use, reserving to himself no other rights than are compatible with the full exercise and enjoyment of the public uses to which the property has been devoted. The dedication shall be evidenced by the owner on the final recorded documents, and the acceptance by the public shall be evidenced by the approval of such plat for filing by the city council. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.045)

19.10.095 Easement.

“Easement” means a use granted by a property owner to specific persons or to the public to use the owner’s property for a specified purpose. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.100 Final approval.

“Final approval” means the final official action taken by the city council on the proposed plat, subdivision binding site plan, dedication or portion thereof that has previously received preliminary approval. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.055)

19.10.105 Final subdivision plat.

“Final subdivision plat” means the final drawing of the subdivision and dedication prepared for filing for record with the county auditor and containing all elements and requirements as set forth in this title and Chapter 58.17 RCW. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.060)

19.10.110 Hearing examiner.

“Hearing examiner” means the official designated as the hearing examiner for the city of Lynnwood pursuant to Chapter 2.22 LMC. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.115 Improvements.

“Improvements” mean any permanent structure or landscape feature that becomes part of, placed upon, or is affixed to real property including streets, with or without curb or gutter, sidewalks, crosswalk ways, water mains, sanitary and storm sewers, street trees and other appropriate items. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.120 Lot.

“Lot” means a fractional part of subdivided lands having fixed boundaries, being of sufficient area and dimensions to meet minimum zoning requirements for width and area. The term shall include tracts or parcels. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.065)

19.10.125 Lot combination.

“Lot combination” means the combination of two or more legal, illegal or nonconforming lots into one or more lots all of which comply with the provisions of the city of Lynnwood Municipal Code in effect at the time of said combination. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.130 Minor arterial.

“Minor arterial” means those arterials that are designated as minor arterials in the Lynnwood comprehensive plan. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.135 Owner.

“Owner” means any person having property rights as a fee owner or contract purchaser, or one duly authorized by the power of attorney to represent the owner. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.140 Parcel.

“Parcel” means a contiguous quantity of land in the possession of, owned by, controlled by, or recorded as the property of the same owner or joint owners. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.145 Pedestrian way.

“Pedestrian way” means a right-of-way or easement, dedicated to public use and to facilitate pedestrian access between two points. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.150 Plat.

“Plat” means a map or representation of a subdivision showing thereon the division of a tract or parcel of land into lots, blocks, streets and alleys or other divisions and dedications. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.075)

19.10.155 Preliminary approval.

“Preliminary approval” means the official favorable action taken on the preliminary plat of a proposed subdivision, short subdivision, or binding site plan by the approving authority. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.080)

19.10.160 Preliminary plat.

“Preliminary plat” means a neat and approximate drawing of a proposed subdivision showing the general layout of streets, alleys, lots, blocks, and restrictive covenants to be applicable to the subdivision, and other elements of a plat or subdivision which shall furnish a basis for the approval or disapproval of the general layout of a subdivision. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.085)

19.10.165 Principal arterial.

“Principal arterial” means those arterials that are designated as principal arterials in the Lynnwood comprehensive plan as well as those arterials identified in LMC 21.14.210. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.170 Private roadway.

“Private roadway” means a tract, parcel, or easement created to provide the access from a city street to platted lots, the maintenance of which is the responsibility of a homeowners’ association or similar private party or parties, who shall be noted as such on the face of a plat. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.175 Public street or right-of-way.

“Public street” or “right-of-way” includes every lane, road, street, highway, boulevard, or place in the city available as a matter of right for public travel and shall include principal arterials, minor arterials, collectors, neighborhood streets, alleys, bicycle paths, and pedestrian ways. It shall also include streets or portions thereof, which are designated as portions of the state highway system. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.090)

19.10.180 Public works director.

“Public works director” means the director of the public works department for the city of Lynnwood or the director’s designated representative. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003)

19.10.185 Short plat.

“Short plat” means the map or representation of a short subdivision. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.095)

19.10.190 Short subdivision.

“Short subdivision” means the division or redivision of land into four or fewer lots, tracts, parcels, sites or divisions for the purpose of sale, lease or transfer of ownership; provided, any boundary line adjustment is deemed to be a short subdivision when such boundary line adjustment reconfigures lot lines of property to facilitate future subdivision of that property when such subdivision results in a total of more than four lots, tracts, parcels, sites, or division of the property including the lots reconfigured by the boundary line adjustment. Should the future subdivision occur more than five years after the boundary line adjustment or result in four or fewer lots, tracts, parcels, sites, or division of property including the reconfigured lots, such boundary line adjustment shall not be deemed a short subdivision. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1808 § 6, 1991; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.100)

19.10.195 Subdivider.

“Subdivider” means any person, firm, or corporation proposing to make or having made a subdivision or short subdivision. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.105)

19.10.200 Subdivision.

“Subdivision” means the division or redivision of land into five or more lots, tracts, parcels, sites or divisions for the purpose of sale, lease, or transfer of ownership, except as provided for in LMC 19.10.190. (Ord. 2463 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1314 § 4, 1983. Formerly 19.10.110)