Chapter 12.28


12.28.010    Purpose.

12.28.020    Definitions.

12.28.030    Petition.

12.28.040    Filing.

12.28.050    Resolution setting hearing.

12.28.060    Notice of public hearing.

12.28.070    Approval—Ordinance of vacation.

12.28.080    Compensation for street vacations.

12.28.090    Appraisals.

12.28.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish policies and procedures of the city for petition method vacations of streets and alley rights-of-way and to facilitate efficient processing of street vacation applications. (Ord. 596 § 1 (part), 1994)

12.28.020 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

Chapter 35.79 of the Revised Code of Washington includes the existing law of the State of Washington regarding street vacations or any amendments thereto.

“Street” means any street or alley or any part thereof within the city limits of the city. (Ord. 596 § 1 (part), 1994)

12.28.030 Petition.

A petition for vacation of a street shall be signed by the owners of more than two-thirds of the property abutting the part of the street sought to be vacated and shall contain a description of the property sought to be vacated. (Ord. 596 § 1 (part), 1994)

12.28.040 Filing.

The city clerk shall review each petition to determine whether it has been signed by the minimum appropriate property owners and, if the same is complete, accept it for filing. The filing fee as set by city resolution and a written commitment to pay to have an appraisal completed, if required, pursuant to Section 12.28.090, shall be included with the petition prior to the city clerk’s acceptance for filing and further processing of the petition. The appraisal, if required, shall be filed following the public hearing, but prior to passage of any ordinance vacating the right-of-way. (Ord. 893 § 1, 2017: Ord. 596 § 1 (part), 1994)

12.28.050 Resolution setting hearing.

The city council shall pass a resolution setting a time when the petition will be heard by the city council. The date for such hearing must be more than twenty days, but not more than sixty days after the date of passage of the resolution. (Ord. 596 § 1 (part), 1994)

12.28.060 Notice of public hearing.

Notice of the public hearing shall be given as required by RCW 35.79.020 and RCW 35.79.035 as the same exist now or may be hereafter amended. (Ord. 596 § 1 (part), 1994)

12.28.070 Approval—Ordinance of vacation.

Following the public hearing set by the resolution, if the council approves the vacation of any street, it shall, by ordinance pursuant to RCW 35.70.030, vacate the property effective upon payment by the owners of property abutting upon the vacated street of any compensation required by Section 12.28.080. The city may retain any easement rights in the vacated right-of-way it deems necessary and shall so state in the vacation ordinance. (Ord. 596 § 1 (part), 1994)

12.28.080 Compensation for street vacations.

A. Streets Abutting Fresh Water. Pursuant to RCW 35.79.035, as the same exists now or as it may hereafter be amended, compensation for the vacation of a street abutting a body of fresh water shall be required in an amount equal to the fair market value of the property to be vacated.

B. Property Acquired at Public Expense. Pursuant to RCW 35.79.030, as the same exists now or as it may hereafter be amended, compensation for the vacation of a street or alley that was acquired at public expense may be required in an amount equal to the full appraised value of the property vacated.

C. Other Vacations Sought by Petition. Except as provided in subsections A and B of this section, and pursuant to RCW 35.79.030, as the same exists now or as it may hereafter be amended, compensation shall be required for all vacations initiated by petition, in an amount equal to one-half the appraised valuation of the property, except a portion or all of the required compensation may be waived by the city council when it determines that the benefit of the vacation to the city outweighs the direct benefit to the abutting property owners. Any action taken by the city council to reduce or waive compensation shall be supported by appropriate findings of fact entered into the public record. (Ord. 596 § 1 (part), 1994)

12.28.090 Appraisals.

To determine the amount of compensation to be required for the street sought to be vacated, appraisals shall be required, or not required, pursuant to the following guidelines:

A. If the total value of the land requested to be vacated is less than ten thousand dollars, a professional appraisal shall not be required. In determining this value, the applicant must demonstrate the value of the land abutting the street sought to be vacated, as shown on the records of the Okanogan County assessor’s office, and compute this value on a per square foot basis. This value shall be an average of the value of all properties abutting the area sought to be vacated, unless the street superintendent determines this to be an unfair method. This value per square foot shall be multiplied by the square footage of the total land area sought to be vacated in order to arrive at the total value of the land requested to be vacated.

B. Subject to Section 12.28.080(C), if the value of the land requested to be vacated is in excess of ten thousand dollars as computed by the method described in subsection A of this section, an appraisal shall be prepared at the applicant’s expense prior to the acceptance and processing of the street vacation petition by the city. The appraisal shall be prepared by an appraiser of real estate who is competent and qualified to appraise real estate, as determined by the street superintendent; provided, however, if the street superintendent determines it is in the best interest of the city, the appraisal shall be prepared by a member of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers approved by the street superintendent. (Ord. 596 § 1 (part), 1994)