Chapter 14.01


14.01.010    Intent.

14.01.020    Rules of interpretation.

14.01.030    Definitions.

14.01.010 Intent.

The purpose of this title is to combine and consolidate the application, review, and approval processes for land development in the City of Airway Heights in a manner consistent with Chapter 36.70B RCW. (Ord. C-661 § 4, 2007)

14.01.020 Rules of interpretation.

A. All words in the development code shall have their normal and customary meanings, unless specifically defined otherwise.

B. Words used in the present tense include the future.

C. The plural includes the singular and vice versa.

D. The words “will” and “shall” are mandatory.

E. The word “may” indicates that discretion is allowed.

F. The word “used” includes designed, intended, or arranged to be used.

G. Distances shall be measured horizontally unless otherwise specified.

H. The word “building” includes a portion of a building or a portion of the lot on which it stands.

I. It is the intent of the City Council that the provisions of this title be liberally construed to carry out the intent.

J. It is not the intent of the City to create any special duty to an applicant, developer or other person who may benefit from this development code.

K. If any required notice, action or determination falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the time shall be extended to the close of business on the next scheduled workday. (Ord. C-661 § 5, 2007)

14.01.030 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply to this title; other defined words may be found in AHMC Titles 15 through 18.

“City” means the City of Airway Heights.

“City Council” means the City Council of the City of Airway Heights.

“Closed record appeal” means an administrative appeal to the City Council or Hearing Examiner based upon the record developed at an open record hearing.

“Comprehensive Plan” means the adopted Airway Heights Comprehensive Plan, as amended.

“Comprehensive Plan amendment” means an amendment or change to the text or maps of the Comprehensive Plan.

“Date of decision” means the date on which final action occurs and from which the appeal period is calculated.

“Developer” means any person who proposes an action or seeks a permit regulated by AHMC Titles 14 through 18, inclusive.

“Development” means any land use permit or action regulated by AHMC Titles 14 through 18, including but not limited to subdivisions, binding site plans, manufactured (mobile) home parks, rezones, conditional use permits, or variances.

“Development code” means AHMC Titles 14 through 18.

“Director” means the Community Development Director of the City of Airway Heights or his/her designee.

“Effective date” means the date a final decision becomes effective.

“Final decision” means final action by the Director, City Planning Commission, Hearing Examiner, or City Council.

“Hearing Examiner” means a person appointed and confirmed by the City Council who may hear and decide land use matters as authorized herein and in Chapter 14.08 AHMC.

“Minor amendments” means adjustments or a variance from standards in the development code such as location/setback of building, accessory structures, driveway locations and landscaping.

“Mitigation” means reasonable and necessary measures designed to minimize impacts as a result of development.

“Open record hearing” means an open record public hearing for the purpose of receiving testimony, evidence and information that creates the record for a decision.

“Party of record” means any person who has testified at a hearing or has submitted a written statement related to the development.

“Permit” means a land use permit required for a development.

“Person” means any person, firm, business, corporation, partnership, organization, municipal corporation, or governmental agency.

“Project” means a proposal for development.

“Public hearing” means a public hearing following notice for the purpose of obtaining information, public comment, and evidence.

“Type I application” means an application for project permit that may be approved by an administrative official of the City, as identified in Appendix I.

“Type II application” means an application for a project permit that requires, prior to approval, an open record or public hearing, as identified in Appendix I. (Ord. C-661 § 6, 2007)