Chapter 14.02


14.02.010    Authority.

14.02.015    Codes adopted by reference.

14.02.020    Definitions—Adoption by reference.

14.02.030    Additional definitions.

14.02.040    WAC sections adopted by reference.

14.02.050    Designation of responsible official.

14.02.060    Lead agency determination and responsibilities.

14.02.062    SEPA/Project permit integration.

14.02.066    SEPA/MTCA integration.

14.02.070    Categorical exemptions and threshold determinations—Adoption by reference.

14.02.080    Categorical exemptions and threshold determinations—Time estimates.

14.02.090    Complete application certification.

14.02.100    Categorical exemptions—Adoption by reference.

14.02.105    Flexible thresholds for categorical exemptions.

14.02.110    Categorical exemptions—Determination.

14.02.120    Threshold determination—Early environmental review.

14.02.130    Threshold determination—Environmental checklist.

14.02.150    Threshold determination—Mitigated DNS.

14.02.170    Planned actions—Adoption by reference.

14.02.180    Environmental impact statement (EIS)—Adoption by reference.

14.02.190    EIS—Preparation.

14.02.200    EIS—Additional elements.

14.02.210    EIS—Commenting—Adoption by reference.

14.02.220    Public notice.

14.02.230    Designation of official to perform consulted agency responsibilities.

14.02.240    Using existing environmental documents—Adoption by reference.

14.02.250    SEPA decisions—Adoption by reference.

14.02.260    SEPA decisions.

14.02.270    SEPA decisions—Substantive authority.

14.02.280    SEPA—Policies.

14.02.290    Appeals.

14.02.300    Notice—Statute of limitations.

14.02.310    Compliance with SEPA—Adoption by reference.

14.02.330    Fees.

14.02.340    Forms—Adoption by reference.

14.02.010 Authority.

The city adopts the ordinance codified in this chapter under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), Chapter 43.21C RCW and the SEPA rules, Chapter 197-11 WAC. This chapter contains the city’s SEPA procedures and policies. The SEPA rules contained in Chapter 197-11 WAC must be used in conjunction with this chapter. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.015 Codes adopted by reference.

Unless otherwise specifically stated herein, all statutes, ordinances, regulations and codes which are adopted or referenced in this chapter shall be as now existing or as hereafter amended. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.020 Definitions—Adoption by reference.

The city adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC, as now exist or as hereafter amended, by reference, as supplemented in this chapter:


197-11-700    Definitions.

197-11-702    Act.

197-11-704    Action.

197-11-706    Addendum.

197-11-708    Adoption.

197-11-710    Affected tribe.

197-11-712    Affecting.

197-11-714    Agency.

197-11-716    Applicant.

197-11-718    Built environment.

197-11-720    Categorical exemption.

197-11-721    Closed record appeal.

197-11-722    Consolidated appeal.

197-11-724    Consulted agency.

197-11-726    Cost-benefit analysis.

197-11-728    County/city.

197-11-730    Decision maker.

197-11-732    Department.

197-11-734    Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).

197-11-736    Determination of significance (DS).

197-11-738    EIS.

197-11-740    Environment.

197-11-742    Environmental checklist.

197-11-744    Environmental document.

197-11-746    Environmental review.

197-11-750    Expanded scoping.

197-11-752    Impacts.

197-11-754    Incorporation by reference.

197-11-756    Lands covered by water.

197-11-758    Lead agency.

197-11-760    License.

197-11-762    Local agency.

197-11-764    Major action.

197-11-766    Mitigated DNS.

197-11-768    Mitigation.

197-11-770    Natural environment.

197-11-772    NEPA.

197-11-774    Non-project.

197-11-775    Open record hearing.

197-11-776    Phased review.

197-11-778    Preparation.

197-11-780    Private project.

197-11-782    Probable.

197-11-784    Proposal.

197-11-786    Reasonable alternative.

197-11-788    Responsible official.

197-11-790    SEPA.

197-11-792    Scope.

197-11-793    Scoping.

197-11-794    Significant.

197-11-796    State agency.

197-11-797    Threshold determination.

197-11-799    Underlying governmental action.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.030 Additional definitions.

In addition to those definitions contained within WAC 197-11-700 through 197-11-799, when used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the content indicates otherwise:

A. “City” means the city of Brewster, Washington.

B. “Department” means any division, subdivision, or organizational unit of the city established by ordinance, rule, or order.

C. “SEPA rules” means Chapter 197-11 WAC adopted by the Department of Ecology.

D. “Early notice” means the city’s response to an applicant stating whether it considers issuance of the determination of significance likely for the applicant’s proposal. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.040 WAC sections adopted by reference.

The city adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC, as now exist or as hereafter amended, by reference:


197-11-040    Definitions.

197-11-050    Lead agency.

197-11-055    Timing of the SEPA process.

197-11-060    Content of environmental review.

197-11-070    Limitations on actions during SEPA process.

197-11-080    Incomplete or unavailable information.

197-11-090    Supporting documents.

197-11-100    Information required of applicants.

197-11-158    GMA project review—Reliance on existing plans, laws and regulations.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.050 Designation of responsible official.

A. For all proposals, projects and applications involving SEPA review, the responsible official shall be the city superintendent or such other person as the city superintendent may designate in writing.

B. For all proposals for which the city is lead agency, the responsible official shall make the threshold determination, supervise scoping and preparation of any required environmental documents, including an EIS, and perform any other functions assigned to the lead agency or responsible official by those sections of the SEPA rules that have been adopted by reference. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.060 Lead agency determination and responsibilities.

A. The responsible official shall determine whether the city will be the lead agency for all projects, applications, and proposals involving SEPA review.

B. When the city is not the lead agency, all departments of the city shall use and consider, as appropriate, the DNS or the final EIS of the lead agency in making decisions on the proposal. No city department shall prepare or require preparation of a DNS or EIS in addition to that prepared by the lead agency unless the city determines a supplemental environmental review is necessary under WAC 197-11-600.

C. If the responsible official receives a lead agency determination made by another agency that appears inconsistent with the criteria of WAC 197-11-253 or WAC 197-11-922 through 197-11-940, he or she may object to the determination with the agency which made the determination. If the objection is not resolved within fourteen days of receipt of the determination, the responsible official shall petition the Department of Ecology for a lead agency determination under WAC 197-11-946.

D. The responsible official is authorized to make agreements, under WAC 197-11-942 and 197-11-944, as to lead agency status or shared lead agency status for any proposal or project.

E. If a project or proposal includes exempt and nonexempt actions, the responsible official shall make a lead agency determination, even if the application that triggers the consideration is exempt.

F. When the city is lead agency for an MTCA remedial action, the Department of Ecology shall be provided an opportunity under WAC 197-11-253(5) to review the environmental documents prior to public notice being provided. If the SEPA and MTCA documents are issued together with one public comment period under WAC 197-11-253(6), the city shall decide jointly with the Department of Ecology which agency receives the comment letters and how copies of the comment letters will be distributed to the other agency.

G. For any proposal for a private project where the city would be the lead agency and for which one or more state agencies have jurisdiction, the city’s responsible official may elect to transfer the lead agency duties to a state agency. A state agency with jurisdiction appearing first on the priority list in WAC 197-11-936 shall be the lead agency and the city shall be an agency with jurisdiction. To transfer lead agency duties, the city’s responsible official must transmit a notice of the transfer together with any relevant information available on the proposal to the appropriate state agency with jurisdiction. The responsible official of the city shall also give notice of the transfer to the private applicant and any other agencies with jurisdiction over the proposal.

H. The responsible official shall require sufficient information from the applicant to identify other agencies with jurisdiction. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.062 SEPA/Project permit integration.

Under state law, the procedure for review of project permits shall be combined with the environmental review process, both procedural and substantive. The process under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and this chapter shall integrate the following procedures, insofar as possible, with any applicable process for decision-making on permit and land use applications:

A. Staff review of the application under city codes and regulations, and the environmental review and determination thereon.

B. The staff report on the application, and the report or documentation concerning environmental review.

C. Hearings and other public processes, including required public notices, required by city codes or regulations, and hearings and other public processes, including public notices, required or conducted under SEPA.

D. Such other review processes as the responsible official shall determine.

E. The responsible official shall require sufficient information from the applicant to identify other agencies with jurisdiction. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.066 SEPA/MTCA integration.

The city adopts by reference the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC relating to integration of SEPA with the Model Toxics Control Act (MCTA). These sections are adopted as now exist, or as hereafter amended, and as supplemented in this chapter.


197-11-250    SEPA/Model Toxics Control Act integration.

197-11-253    SEPA lead agency for MTCA actions.

197-11-256    Preliminary evaluation.

197-11-259    Determination of nonsignificance for MTCA remedial action.

197-11-262    Determination of significance and EIS for MTCA remedial action.

197-11-265    Early scoping for MTCA remedial actions.

197-11-268    MTCA interim actions.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.070 Categorical exemptions and threshold determinations—Adoption by reference.

The city adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC, as now exist or as hereafter amended, by reference, and as supplemented in this chapter:


197-11-300    Purpose of this part.

197-11-305    Categorical exemptions.

197-11-310    Threshold determination required.

197-11-315    Environmental checklist.

197-11-330    Threshold determination process.

197-11-335    Additional information.

197-11-340    Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).

197-11-350    Mitigated DNS.

197-11-355    Optional DNS process.

197-11-360    Determination of significance (DS)/Initiation of scoping.

197-11-390    Effect of threshold determination.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.080 Categorical exemptions and threshold determinations—Time estimates.

The time estimates contained in this section apply only when the city is acting as the lead agency. Unless otherwise stated, the actual time may vary with the complexity of the project, availability of staff, cooperation of agencies with jurisdiction or expertise, etc. Unless otherwise stated, the time estimates contained herein shall not be construed to be mandatory. Unless otherwise stated, for the purpose of this section, the word “day” means a day upon which the city’s administrative offices are open for business.

A. Categorical Exemptions. Except in unusual circumstances, the responsible official will determine within ten days of receiving a complete application whether a proposal or action is categorically exempt.

B. Threshold Determinations. Except in unusual circumstances, the responsible official will make a threshold determination within thirty days after receiving a complete application, and within fifteen days of receipt of a changed or clarified proposal, environmental checklist and/or permit application. A threshold determination must be issued a minimum of fifteen calendar days prior to any open record public hearing as required by RCW 36.70B.110(6)(b). A threshold determination must be completed within ninety calendar days of the city’s receipt of a complete application, unless:

1. The applicant requests an additional thirty calendar days for the threshold determination.

2. The applicant recommends in writing that an EIS be prepared, because of the probable significant adverse environmental impacts described in the application, in which case the threshold determination shall be completed within fifteen days of the city’s receiving a completed application. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.090 Complete application certification.

A. Complete Application. A complete application for a threshold determination consists of the following:

1. A narrative description of the proposed action.

2. Site information, including site plans, drawings, vicinity maps, other information required for a land use certification or other development/land use permit application.

3. A completed environmental checklist.

B. Additional Information/Environmental Checklist (WAC 197-11-335). If after review of the environmental checklist, it is determined that there is insufficient information to make a threshold determination, the responsible official may require one or more of the following actions:

1. The applicant will provide more information on subjects in the checklist.

2. The city may do its own further study and investigations.

3. The city will consult with other agencies, requesting information on the proposal’s potential impacts which lie within other agencies jurisdiction or expertise.

4. The city may decide that all or part of the proposal or its impacts are not sufficiently definite to allow environmental analysis and commit to timely subsequent environmental analysis, consistent with WAC 197-11-055 through 197-11-070.

C. Complete Application Certification. The responsible official shall certify when an application is complete based upon review of the information required above. If additional information is required, the application shall not be certified until the required information is received by the responsible official. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.100 Categorical exemptions—Adoption by reference.

The city adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC, relating to categorical exemptions, as now exist or as hereafter amended, by reference, as supplemented in this chapter:


197-11-800    Categorical exemptions.

197-11-880    Emergencies.

197-11-890    Petitioning DOE to change exemptions.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.105 Flexible thresholds for categorical exemptions.

A. The city establishes the following exempt levels for minor new construction based on local conditions:

1. For residential dwelling units in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b)(i): Up to four dwelling units.

2. For agricultural structures in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b)(ii): Up to ten thousand square feet.

3. For office, school, commercial, recreational, service or storage buildings in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b)(iii): Up to four thousand square feet and up to twenty parking spaces.

4. For parking lots in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b)(iv): Up to twenty parking spaces.

5. For landfills and excavations in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b)(v): Up to one hundred cubic yards.

B. Whenever the city establishes new exempt levels under this section, the responsible official shall send copies of all adopted flexible thresholds to the Department of Ecology, Headquarters Office, Olympia, Washington, 98504. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.110 Categorical exemptions—Determination.

A. When the city receives an application for a project or proposal or, in the case of city proposals, a department initiates a project or proposal, the responsible official shall determine whether the project or the proposal is exempt. The determination that a project or proposal is exempt shall be final and not subject to administrative review. If a proposal is exempt, none of the procedural requirements of this chapter shall apply to the proposal. The city shall not require completion of an environmental checklist for an exempt proposal.

B. In determining whether a project or proposal is exempt, the responsible official shall make certain the proposal is properly defined and shall identify the specific permits and approvals required.

C. If a proposal includes both exempt and nonexempt actions, the city may authorize exempt actions prior to compliance with the procedural requirements of this chapter, except that:

1. The city shall not give authorization for:

a. Any nonexempt action.

b. Any action that would have an adverse environmental impact.

c. Any action that would limit the choice of reasonable alternatives.

2. The city may withhold approval of an exempt action that would lead to modification of the physical environment, when such modification would serve no purpose if the nonexempt actions were not approved.

3. The city may withhold approval of exempt actions that would lead to substantial financial expenditures by a private applicant when the expenditures would serve no purpose if the nonexempt actions were not approved. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.120 Threshold determination—Early environmental review.

A. If the city’s only action on a proposal is a decision on a building permit or other permit that requires detailed project plans and specifications, the applicant may request in writing that the city conduct environmental review prior to submission of the detailed plans and specifications.

B. Applicants shall submit the following information for early environmental review:

1. The material required for a site development permit or other project permit application submittal.

2. Other information as the responsible official may determine.

C. The responsible official will respond to a request for early environmental review within ten working days of receipt of the required information. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.130 Threshold determination—Environmental checklist.

A. Filing Environmental Checklist. Except as provided in subsections (B) and (G) of this section, a completed environmental checklist shall be filed at the same time as an application for any permit or other approval not exempted by this chapter. The checklist shall be in the form of WAC 197-11-960 with such additions that may be required by the responsible official in accordance with WAC 197-11-906(4).

B. Environmental Checklist Not Needed. A checklist is not needed if the city and the applicant agree that an EIS is required, SEPA compliance has been completed, or SEPA compliance has been initiated by another agency.

C. Environmental Checklist to Determine Lead Agency. The responsible official shall use the environmental checklist to determine the lead agency for making the threshold determination.

D. Completing Environmental Checklist. For private proposals, the applicant is required to complete the environmental checklist. The city may provide assistance as may be reasonably necessary. For city proposals, the department initiating the proposal shall complete the environmental checklist for that proposal.

E. City to Complete Environmental Checklist. The city may decide to complete all or part of the environmental checklist for a private proposal if either of the following occurs:

1. The city has technical information on a question or questions that is unavailable to the private applicant; or

2. The applicant has provided inaccurate information on previous proposals or on proposals currently under consideration.

In the event the city completes the environmental checklist, the applicant shall pay the city all costs involved in completion, including, but not limited to, administrative time and consultant’s fees.

F. The responsible official shall use the environmental checklist substantially in the form found in WAC 197-11-960 to assist in making threshold determinations for proposals, except for:

1. Public proposals on which the lead agency has decided to prepare its own EIS;

2. Proposals on which the lead agency and applicant agree an EIS will be prepared; and

3. Projects which are proposed as planned actions, which shall be governed by the requirements of WAC 197-11-315(2).

G. For projects submitted as planned actions under WAC 197-11-164, the city shall use its existing environmental checklist form or may modify the environmental checklist form as provided in WAC 197-11-315. The modified environmental checklist form may be prepared and adopted along with or as part of a planned action ordinance; or developed after the ordinance is adopted. In either case, a proposed modified environmental checklist form must be sent to the Department of Ecology to allow at least a thirty-day review prior to use. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.150 Threshold determination—Mitigated DNS.

A. As provided in this section and WAC 197-11-350, the responsible official may issue a determination of nonsignificance (DNS) based on conditions attached to the proposal by the responsible official, or on changes to, or clarifications of, the proposal made by the applicant.

B. An applicant may request in writing early notice of whether a DS is likely under WAC 197-11-350. The request must:

1. Follow submission of a permit application and environmental checklist for a nonexempt proposal for which the city is lead agency.

2. Precede the city’s actual threshold determination for the proposal.

C. The responsible official’s written response to the request for early notice shall:

1. State whether the city currently considers issuance of a DS likely and, if so, indicate the general or specific areas of concern that are leading the city to consider a DS.

2. State that the applicant may change or clarify the proposal to mitigate the indicated impacts, and may revise the environmental checklist and/or permit application as necessary to reflect the changes or clarifications.

D. When an applicant submits a changed or clarified proposal, along with a revised environmental checklist, the city shall base its threshold determination on the changed or clarified proposal:

1. If the city indicated specific mitigation measures in its response to the request for early notice, and the applicant changed or clarified the proposal to include those specific mitigation measures, the city shall issue and circulate a DNS if the city determines that no additional information or mitigation measures are required.

2. If the city indicated areas of concern, but did not indicate specific mitigation measures that would allow it to issue a DNS, the city shall make the threshold determination, issuing a DNS or DS as appropriate.

3. The applicant’s proposed mitigation measures, clarifications, changes, or conditions must be in writing and must be specific.

4. Mitigation measures which justify issuance of a mitigated DNS may be incorporated in the DNS by reference to agency staff reports, studies, or other documents.

E. A mitigated DNS issued under WAC 197-11-340(2) requires a fourteen-day comment period and public notice. If the mitigated DNS is issued under WAC 197-11-340(2), the city shall not act upon a proposal for which a mitigated DNS has been issued for fourteen days after the date of issuance.

F. Mitigation measures incorporated in the mitigated DNS shall be deemed conditions of approval of the permit decision and may be enforced in the same manner as any term or condition of the permit, or enforced in any matter specifically prescribed by the city. Failure to comply with the designated mitigation measures shall be grounds for suspension and/or revocation of any permit issued.

G. If the city’s tentative decision on a permit or approval does not include mitigation measures that were incorporated in a mitigated DNS for the proposal, the city should evaluate the threshold determination to assure consistency with WAC 197-11-340(3)(a) relating to the withdrawal of a DNS.

H. The city’s response under subsection (C) of this section shall not be construed as a determination of significance. In addition, preliminary discussion of clarifications or changes to a proposal, as opposed to a written request for early notice, shall not bind the city to consider the clarifications or changes in its threshold determination. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.170 Planned actions—Adoption by reference.

The city adopts by reference the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC relating to planned actions, as now exist or as hereafter amended, and as supplemented in this chapter:


197-11-164    Planned actions—Definition and criteria.

197-11-168    Ordinances or resolutions designating planned actions—Procedures for adoption.

197-11-172    Planned actions—Project review.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.180 Environmental impact statement (EIS)—Adoption by reference.

The city adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC, as now exist or as hereafter amended, by reference, as supplemented by this chapter:


197-11-400    Purpose of EIS.

197-11-402    General requirements.

197-11-405    EIS types.

197-11-406    EIS timing.

197-11-408    Scoping.

197-11-410    Expanded scoping.

197-11-420    EIS preparation.

197-11-425    Style and size.

197-11-430    Format.

197-11-435    Cover letter or memo.

197-11-440    EIS contents.

197-11-442    Contents of EIS on non-project proposals.

197-11-443    EIS contents when prior non-project EIS.

197-11-444    Elements of the environment.

197-11-448    Relationship of EIS to other considerations.

197-11-450    Cost-benefit analysis.

197-11-455    Issuance of DEIS.

197-11-460    Issuance of FEIS.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.190 EIS—Preparation.

A. Preparation of draft and final EISs (DEIS and FEIS) and draft and final SEISs (supplemental environmental impact statements) shall be under the direction of the responsible official. Before the city issues an EIS, the responsible official shall be satisfied that it complies with this chapter and Chapter 197-11 WAC.

B. The draft and final EIS or SEIS shall be prepared at the city’s option by the city staff, the applicant, or by a consultant approved by the city. If the responsible official requires an EIS for a proposal and determines that someone other than the city will prepare the EIS, the responsible official shall notify the applicant immediately after completion of the threshold determination. The responsible official shall also notify the applicant of the city’s procedure for EIS preparation, including approval of the draft and final EIS prior to distribution.

C. The city may require an applicant to provide information the city does not possess, including specific investigations; however, the applicant is not required to supply information that is not required under this chapter, or that is being requested from another agency; provided, however, this does not apply to information the city may request under another ordinance or statute. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.200 EIS—Additional elements.

The following additional elements are part of the environment for the purpose of EIS content, but do not add to the criteria for threshold determination or perform any other function or purpose under this chapter:

A. Economy.

B. Social policy analysis.

C. Cost-benefit analysis.

D. Any element or impact relevant to the decision. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.210 EIS—Commenting—Adoption by reference.

The city adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC, as now exist or as hereafter amended, by reference, as supplemented in this chapter:


197-11-500    Purpose of this part.

197-11-502    Inviting comment.

197-11-504    Availability and cost of environmental documents.

197-11-510    Public notice.

197-11-535    Public hearings and meetings.

197-11-545    Effect of no comment.

197-11-550    Specificity of comments.

197-11-560    FEIS response to comments.

197-11-570    Consulted agency costs to assist lead agency.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.220 Public notice.

A. Whenever possible, the city shall integrate the public notice required under this section with existing notice procedures for the city’s nonexempt permits or approvals required for the proposal.

B. Whenever the city issues a DNS under WAC 197-11-340(2) or a DS under WAC 197-11-360(3), the city shall give public notice as follows:

1. If public notice is required for a nonexempt permit, the notice shall state whether a DS or DNS has been issued and when comments are due.

2. If no public notice is otherwise required for the permit or approval, the city shall provide public notice of the DNS or DS by:

a. Posting the property for site-specific proposals as set forth in Section 19.03.020(F).

b. Publishing notice in the city’s official newspaper as set forth in Section 19.03.010(B).

C. Whenever the city issues a DS under WAC 197-11-360(3), the city shall state the scoping procedure for the proposal in the DS as required in WAC 197-11-408 and in the public notice.

D. Whenever the city issues a DEIS under WAC 197-11-455(5) or a SEIS under WAC 197-11-620, notice of the availability of those documents shall be given by:

1. Indicating the availability of the DEIS and any public notice required for a nonexempt permit.

2. Posting the property, for site-specific proposals as set forth in Section 19.03.020(F).

3. Publishing notice in the city’s official newspaper as set forth in Section 19.03.010(B).

E. The city shall require an applicant to compensate the city for the costs of compliance with public notice requirements as determined by the city for the applicant’s proposal. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.230 Designation of official to perform consulted agency responsibilities.

A. The responsible official shall prepare written comments for the city in response to consultation requests prior to a threshold determination, participation in scoping, and requests for review and comment upon draft environmental impact statements.

B. The responsible official shall be responsible for the city’s compliance with WAC 197-11-550 whenever the city is a consulted agency. The responsible official is also authorized to develop operating procedures that will ensure that responses to consultation requests are prepared in a timely fashion and include data from all appropriate departments of the city. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.240 Using existing environmental documents—Adoption by reference.

The city adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC, as now exist or as hereafter amended by reference as supplemented in this chapter:


197-11-600    When to use existing environmental documents.

197-11-610    Use of NEPA documents.

197-11-620    Supplemental environmental impact statements.

197-11-625    Addenda—Procedures.

197-11-630    Adoption—Procedures.

197-11-635    Incorporation by reference—Procedures.

197-11-640    Combining documents.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.250 SEPA decisions—Adoption by reference.

The city adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC, as now exist or as hereafter amended, by reference as supplemented in this chapter:


197-11-650    Purpose of this part.

197-11-655    Implementation.

197-11-660    Substantive authority and mitigation.

197-11-680    Appeals.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.260 SEPA decisions.

The DNS or final EIS for the proposal shall accompany the responsible official’s recommendation on the proposal to all advisory and decision-making bodies, such as the planning agency and the city council. (Ord. 926 § 2 (part), 2020; Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.270 SEPA decisions—Substantive authority.

A. The city may attach conditions to a permit or project approval only when:

1. Such conditions are necessary to mitigate specific adverse environmental impacts clearly identified in an environmental document prepared pursuant to this chapter;

2. Such conditions are in writing;

3. Such conditions are reasonable and capable of being accomplished;

4. The city has considered whether other local, state, or federal mitigation measures applied to the proposal are sufficient to mitigate the identified impacts; and

5. Such conditions are based on one or more SEPA policies as set forth in Section 14.02.280 and cited in the permit, approval or other decision document.

B. The city may deny a permit or approval for a proposal on the basis of SEPA only when:

1. A finding is made that the proposal will result in significant adverse environmental impacts that are identified in a final EIS or final supplemental EIS;

2. A finding is made that mitigation measures are insufficient to mitigate the identified impact; and

3. The denial is based on one or more of the city’s SEPA policies as set forth in Section 14.02.280 and identified in writing in the decision document. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.280 SEPA—Policies.

A. The policies and goals set forth in this chapter are supplementary to those in the existing authorization of the city.

B. The city adopts by reference the policies in the following city codes, ordinances, resolutions, and plans as now exist and as may hereafter be amended:

1. Chapter 43.21C RCW, State Environmental Policy Act.

2. BMC Title 5, Business Taxes, Licenses and Regulations.

3. BMC Title 6, Animals.

4. BMC Title 8, Health and Safety.

5. BMC Title 10, Vehicles and Traffic.

6. BMC Title 12, Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places.

7. BMC Title 13, Public Services.

8. BMC Title 15, Buildings and Construction.

9. BMC Title 16, Subdivisions.

10. BMC Title 17, Zoning.

11. BMC Title 18, Environment.

12. The current Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan, City of Brewster.

13. Brewster Comprehensive Plan adopted by the city council.

14. Other federal, state, county or city environment or development laws or regulations which the city may be mandated to adopt or which are subsequently adopted by the city council. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.290 Appeals.

A. Pursuant to RCW 43.21C.060, appeals of environmental decisions conditioning or denying a proposal made by the responsible official, a nonelected official of the city, are hereby eliminated.

B. There shall be no administrative appeals of environmental determinations under this chapter. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.300 Notice—Statute of limitations.

A. The city or, in the discretion of the responsible official, the project applicant or proponent, shall publish a notice of action pursuant to RCW 43.21C.080 for any action.

B. The form of the notice shall be substantially in the form provided in WAC 197-11-990. The notice shall be published by the city clerk, applicant or proponent pursuant to RCW 43.21C.050. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.310 Compliance with SEPA—Adoption by reference.

The city adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC, as now exist or as hereafter amended, by reference, as supplemented in this chapter:


197-11-916    Application to ongoing actions.

197-11-920    Agencies with environmental expertise.

197-11-922    Lead agency rules.

197-11-924    Determining the lead agency.

197-11-926    Lead agency for government proposals.

197-11-928    Lead agency for public and private proposals.

197-11-930    Lead agency for private projects with one agency with jurisdiction.

197-11-932    Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from more than one agency, when one of the agencies is a county/city.

197-11-938    Lead agencies for specific proposals.

197-11-940    Transfer of lead agency status to a state agency.

197-11-942    Agreements on lead agency status.

197-11-944    Agreements on division of lead agency duties.

197-11-946    DOE resolution of lead agency disputes.

197-11-948    Assumption of lead agency status.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.330 Fees.

The city shall require the following fees for its activities in accordance with the provisions of this chapter:

A. Threshold Determination. For every environmental checklist and revised environmental checklist the city will review as lead agency, the city shall collect a fee of fifty dollars from the applicant prior to undertaking the threshold determination. The time periods provided by this chapter shall not begin to run until payment of fees. When the city assists the applicant or completes the environmental checklist at the applicant’s request or under Section 14.02.130(E)(2), an additional fee equal to the estimated actual cost of providing the assistance shall be collected.

B. Environmental Impact Statement.

1. When the city is the lead agency for a proposal requiring an EIS and the responsible official determines that the EIS shall be prepared by employees of the city, the city may charge and collect a reasonable fee from any applicant to cover costs incurred, including overhead, by the city in preparing the EIS. The responsible official shall advise the applicant of the projected costs for the EIS prior to actual preparation.

2. The responsible official may determine the city will contract directly with a consultant for preparation of an EIS, or a portion of the EIS, for a project applicant or entity other than the city, and may bill such costs and expenses directly to the applicant. Consultants shall be selected by the responsible official. Applicants may be required to post a bond or otherwise insure payment of costs for the preparation of the EIS.

3. The applicant shall pay the projected amount to the city. The city will refund the excess, if any, at the completion of the EIS. If the city’s costs exceed the projected costs, the applicant shall immediately pay the excess. If a proposal is modified so that an EIS is no longer required, the responsible official shall refund any fees collected under subsection (B)(1) or (2) of this section which remain after incurred costs, including overhead, are paid.

C. The city may collect a reasonable fee from an applicant to cover the costs of meeting the public notice requirements of this chapter relating to the applicant’s proposal.

D. The city may charge any person for copies of any document prepared under this chapter, and for mailing the document in a manner provided by Chapter 42.17 RCW.

E. If review of the application involves scientific, technical or specialized knowledge beyond the capabilities of city staff, the city may hire experts to review the application and shall charge the applicant for such expense.

F. A project applicant required to pay an impact fee for system improvements under RCW 82.02.050 through 82.02.090 shall not be required to pay a fee under this chapter for the same system improvements. (Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)

14.02.340 Forms—Adoption by reference.

The city adopts the following forms and sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC, as now existing or as hereafter amended, by reference:


197-11-960    Environmental checklist.

197-11-965    Adoption notice.

197-11-970    Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).

197-11-980    Determination of significance and scoping notice (DS).

197-11-985    Notice of assumption of lead agency status.

197-11-990    Notice of action.

(Ord. 707 § 2 (part), 2000)