Chapter 14.140
AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OR DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS

Sections:

14.140.010    Early and continuous public participation.

14.140.020    Initiation of site-specific map amendments.

14.140.030    Initiation of text amendments and area-wide map amendments.

14.140.035    Scheduling consideration of proposed amendments to the comprehensive plan or development regulations.

14.140.040    Threshold determination, scheduling of hearing, and notice.

14.140.050    Repealed.

14.140.060    Director(s) shall forward.

14.140.070    State review.

14.140.080    Hearing.

14.140.090    Criteria.

14.140.100    Findings and recommendation.

14.140.110    Council action.

14.140.120    Appeals.

14.140.130    Repealed.

14.140.010 Early and continuous public participation.

The city of Bonney Lake encourages early and continuous public participation in the comprehensive planning and development regulation process. Procedures, timelines, and application forms are available from the community development department. (Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 1063 § 1, 2004).

14.140.020 Initiation of site-specific map amendments.

A. Only the city or someone with ownership interest in a site may, in the latter case upon payment of an application fee per BLMC 3.68.010, initiate a comprehensive plan or development regulation amendment specific to that site (see definition of “site-specific”), such as a change of land use designation or zoning.

B. Applications for amendments to land use designations in the comprehensive plan shall be accompanied by corresponding zoning reclassification applications, which shall be processed concurrently.

C. Non-city-initiated site-specific (see definitions) comprehensive plan amendments and concurrent zoning reclassifications shall be processed every other year. Complete applications received by April 30th of an odd-numbered year shall be processed that year. The director or designee shall docket such applications in accordance with RCW 36.70A.470(2). (Ord. 1466 § 3, 2013; Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 1063 § 1, 2004).

14.140.030 Initiation of text amendments and area-wide map amendments.

All individuals and organizations are encouraged to suggest amendments to the comprehensive plan or development code which are not specific to any site, such as text amendments or area-wide amendments. Such suggestions shall be made in writing to the director(s), who shall docket them in accordance with RCW 36.70A.470(2). At least annually, the director(s) shall review such suggestions and determine whether to advance them to the planning commission and city council, though the city council may decline to consider them. Also, the planning commission and city council may initiate amendments to the comprehensive plan or development code which are not specific to any site. (Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 1063 § 1, 2004).

14.140.035 Scheduling consideration of proposed amendments to the comprehensive plan or development regulations.

The director(s) shall schedule consideration of all proposed amendments to the comprehensive plan or a development regulation, regardless of who suggested or initiated it. A development regulation may be amended at any time. The comprehensive plan may be amended no more than once per year and any contemplated amendments shall be considered concurrently; provided, that this limitation shall not apply to the circumstances stated in RCW 36.70A.130(2). The city may concurrently amend the comprehensive plan, a development regulation, and/or zoning map. (Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 1063 § 1, 2004).

14.140.040 Threshold determination, scheduling of hearing, and notice.

Once a proposed amendment to the comprehensive plan or a development regulation has been drafted, the director(s) shall:

A. Perform a threshold determination regarding the proposal in accordance with Chapter 197-11 WAC, Part Three;

B. If a determination of significance (DS) is issued, determine the scope of the environmental impact statement (EIS) and prepare the draft EIS;

C. Schedule a public hearing before the planning commission for a date that conforms to the following notice requirement; and

D. Publish between 15 and 30 days before the hearing a notice of hearing in the official newspaper (see Chapter 1.20 BLMC); provided, that:

1. If a determination of nonsignificance (DNS) has been issued, the notice shall state that if timely comments are received the director(s) will reconsider the DNS.

2. If WAC 197-11-340(2) applies (that is, city cannot take final action until 15 days after issuing a DNS), the director(s) shall also send the notice of hearing/DNS and environmental checklist to the agencies listed in WAC 197-11-340(2).

3. If a DEIS has been prepared, the notice shall state that comments on the DEIS will be accepted until and at the hearing.

4. The director(s) may publicize a given legislative proposal more broadly or by additional means than stated herein if desired to gather more public input. Minor errors in amendment procedures, such as unintended inaccuracies in any public notice, shall not invalidate an amendment proceeding. (Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 988 § 2, 2003).

14.140.050 Reconsideration of DNS.

Repealed by Ord. 1322. (Ord. 988 § 2, 2003).

14.140.060 Director(s) shall forward.

The director(s) shall inform the planning commission and city council of the results of the proposal’s environmental review. If a determination of significance was issued, the director(s) shall distribute copies of the draft and final EIS to the planning commission, city council, and other affected agencies. (Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 988 § 2, 2003).

14.140.070 State review.

The city shall comply with RCW 36.70A.106 regarding review by the state’s Department of Commerce of proposed amendments to the comprehensive plan or a development regulation. The director(s) shall determine whether a proposed amendment to a provision of the development code meets the definition of a development regulation, pursuant to BLMC 14.10.030(K). (Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 988 § 2, 2003).

14.140.080 Hearing.

The planning commission shall hold a public hearing, which may be at a joint meeting of the planning commission and city council at the discretion of the city council. (Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 988 § 2, 2003).

14.140.090 Criteria.

A. The comprehensive plan was adopted after extensive deliberation and shall not be amended unless it is demonstrated that:

1. The amendment is consistent with the goals and policies of the comprehensive plan;

2. The comprehensive plan remains internally consistent;

3. The amendment is consistent with the county-wide planning policies;

4. The amendment is consistent with the Growth Management Act; and

5. The amendment advances the public health, safety, or welfare and is in the best interest of the residents of Bonney Lake.

B. The approval criterion for amendments to a development regulation shall be consistency with the comprehensive plan and the laws of the state of Washington. (Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 988 § 2, 2003).

14.140.100 Findings and recommendation.

The planning commission shall adopt written findings and make a recommendation consistent with those findings to the city council. (Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 988 § 2, 2003).

14.140.110 Council action.

The city council, if it elects to amend the comprehensive plan or a development regulation, shall revise the findings if necessary and adopt said amendments by ordinance. (Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 988 § 2, 2003).

14.140.120 Appeals.

Amendments to the comprehensive plan, or zoning reclassifications processed concurrently with amendments to the comprehensive plan, and amendments to development regulations may be appealed in accordance with RCW 36.70A.290. (Ord. 1466 § 4, 2013; Ord. 1389 § 3, 2011; Ord. 988 § 2, 2003).

14.140.130 Illustration.

Repealed by Ord. 1389. (Ord. 988 § 2, 2003).