40.610.020    Definitions

For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:

Applicable development

“Applicable development” means any subdivision or short platting of land, the construction or reconstruction of residential, commercial, industrial, public or any other building or building space, or the change in use of a building or building space, or the change in use of a building or land if approval therefor is required pursuant to Chapter 14.05 (International Building Code), Chapter 14.32A (Mobile Home Permits), Chapter 40.540 (Boundary Line Adjustments and Land Division Ordinance) or Chapter Section 40.520.040 (Site Plan Review) and such land subdivision, construction or change in use would result in an increase in average daily traffic or residential dwelling units.

(Amended: Ord. 2006-09-13)

Building permit

“Building permit” means the permit required for new construction and additions pursuant to Chapter 14.05 or Chapter 14.32A of the Clark County Code. The term building permit, as used in this chapter, shall not be deemed to include:

1.    Permits required for the remodeling, rehabilitation, or other improvements to an existing structure or rebuilding a damaged or destroyed structure; provided, that there is no increase in the applicable unit of measure (for nonresidential construction) or number of dwelling units (for residential construction) resulting therefrom;

2.    Permits required for temporary dwellings approved pursuant to Section 40.260.210;

3.    Permits required for placement of a mobile home within an approved mobile home park.

(Amended: Ord. 2006-09-13)

Capital facilities plan

“Capital facilities plan” means the capital facilities plan element of the Clark County comprehensive plan as amended. For the purposes of the traffic impact fee program, the capital facilities plan also includes the traffic impact fee program technical document. In the event of an inconsistency, the traffic impact fee technical impact document shall govern.

Development approval authority

“Development approval authority” means the county official or tribunal having statutory or code authority to approve a development.

Impact fee

“Impact fee” means the fee levied pursuant to this chapter as a condition of issuance of a building permit or development approval.

Low-income housing

“Low-income housing” means a single-family or multifamily rental housing development, the construction of which is either undertaken by a housing authority operating pursuant to Chapter 35.82 RCW or financially assisted pursuant to a federal, state or local governmental low-income housing program; provided, that the term shall apply only to the number of units within such housing development as are required to be rented to low-income tenants.

Overlay area

“Overlay area” means a special geographic area designated in a capital facilities plan to be served by a system improvement, which area is not generally contiguous with an established service area. An overlay area may be local (covering only a portion of a single service area), regional (covering portions or all of several service areas, or county wide (covering both incorporated and unincorporated areas).

Project improvements

“Project improvements” means site improvements and facilities that are planned and designed to provide service for a particular development project and that are necessary for the use and convenience of the occupants or users of the project, and are not system improvements. No improvement or facility included in the capital facilities plan shall be considered a project improvement.

Public facilities

“Public facilities” means the following capital facilities owned or operated by government entities:

1.    Public streets and roads;

2.    Parks, open space and recreation facilities; and

3.    Schools.


“Schools” means and includes any primary or secondary public school operated by a school district whose boundaries include unincorporated areas of Clark County.

Service area

“Service area” means a geographic area described in the county capital facilities plan in which a defined set of public facilities provides service to development within the area; provided, that the service area for schools shall be the applicable school district. Service areas may be separately described for each type of public facility.

System improvements

“System improvements” means public facilities that are included in the capital facilities plan and are designed to provide service to service areas within the community at large, in contrast to project improvements.