Chapter 19.08


19.08.010    Purpose.

19.08.020    Type of action.

19.08.030    Suggesting amendments.

19.08.040    Applications for plan amendments.

19.08.050    Identified deficiencies.

19.08.060    Docketing suggested amendments.

19.08.070    Timing and order of consideration of suggested amendments.

19.08.080    Public participation.

19.08.090    Denial of suggested amendments.

19.08.100    Notice to county assessor of changes in comprehensive plan and development regulations.

19.08.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish the type of action and procedures for suggesting amendments and encouraging public participation for comprehensive plan and development regulation amendments. (Ord. 820 § 1, 2000)

19.08.020 Type of action.

A comprehensive plan, or development regulation amendment is a Type V action and shall be considered in accordance with the procedures for such actions as set forth in this chapter. (Ord. 820 § 1, 2000)

19.08.030 Suggesting amendments.

Amendments to the comprehensive plan, or development regulations are governed by Chapter 36.70A RCW, also known as the Growth Management Act, and may be suggested by any person, including applicants, citizens, hearing examiners and staff of other agencies by providing the following written information on a form approved by the city administrator to meet the docketing requirements of this chapter:

A. Name, address and telephone number of the person, business, agency or other organization suggesting the amendment;

B. Citation of the specific text, map or other illustration suggested to be amended;

C. The suggested amendment;

D. If a suggested amendment is to a plan or to both a plan and a development regulation, a statement of how the amendment:

1. Promotes the public health, safety and welfare;

2. Is consistent with or in conflict with other portions of the comprehensive plan, which portions shall be cited by goal, policy and/or action reference number, and by page number; and

3. Complies with the applicable countywide planning policies;

E. If a suggested amendment is only to the development regulations, a statement as to how the amendment complies with the comprehensive plan. (Ord. 820 § 1, 2000)

19.08.040 Applications for plan amendments.

In addition to the review of suggested amendments, the city will review an application for a comprehensive plan change filed by an interested person. The applicant shall pay such fees established by the city through its master fee resolution. (Ord. 820 § 1, 2000)

19.08.050 Identified deficiencies.

If during the review of any project permit application the city identifies any deficiencies in plans or development regulations, the identified deficiencies shall be docketed on a form as provided in CHMC 19.08.030, for possible future plan or development regulation amendments. “Deficiency” as used herein means the absence of required or potentially desirable contents of a comprehensive plan, or development regulation. (Ord. 820 § 1, 2000)

19.08.060 Docketing suggested amendments.

The city administrator shall compile and maintain for public review a list of suggested amendments and “identified deficiencies” to the comprehensive plan, and the city’s development regulations, which list shall be arranged by appropriate classifications and shall name the individual or organization suggesting each amendment and identifying each deficiency. (Ord. 820 § 1, 2000)

19.08.070 Timing and order of consideration of suggested amendments.

A. Suggested amendments to the comprehensive plan or development regulations shall be considered at least once each calendar year, but the comprehensive plan shall be amended no more often than once each calendar year, except that amendments may be considered more frequently for the initial adoption of a subarea plan, the adoption of a shoreline master program, in cases of emergency, or to resolve an appeal of an adopted comprehensive plan filed with a Growth Management Board or with a court. The city council shall initiate consideration of suggested amendments by motion requesting the planning commission and, where applicable, other advisory bodies to prepare a recommendation. The council and its advisory bodies (with concurrence of the council) may prioritize suggested amendments for further consideration and may defer to future years or decline to further consider suggested amendments.

B. Suggested amendments shall be considered by the planning commission and, where applicable, other advisory bodies, in public hearings, public meetings, workshops, and other settings as warranted to ensure that each suggested amendment is thoroughly deliberated. Advisory bodies other than the planning commission which are considering suggested comprehensive plan amendments shall collaborate with the planning commission in the development of recommendations to the city council. All recommendations concerning suggested comprehensive plan amendments shall be considered concurrently by the city council. The annual deadline for submitting suggested plan amendments shall be October 31st, unless otherwise stated by the city council.

C. The planning commission and city council shall endeavor to consider suggested plan amendments between January and June, and suggested development regulations implementing plan changes between July and December of each year. Where amendments to both a plan and development regulations are suggested, or where an amendment to the comprehensive plan would be implemented by an amendment to the development regulations, such amendments may be considered concurrently. (Ord. 820 § 1, 2000)

19.08.080 Public participation.

The public shall be made aware of the opportunity to suggest amendments and to comment on suggested amendments through methods including, but not limited to, direct mailings, newsletter and newspaper articles, legal advertisements, and notices posted in public places. Public notice requirements shall be as set forth in Chapter 19.03 CHMC. (Ord. 820 § 1, 2000)

19.08.090 Denial of suggested amendments.

When a suggested amendment to a comprehensive plan or development regulations is denied, the amendment shall not be considered again for a period of at least three years, unless the city council determines that the amendment should be considered again in a shorter time period. (Ord. 820 § 1, 2000)

19.08.100 Notice to county assessor of changes in comprehensive plan and development regulations.

The city administrator shall provide to the county assessor of King County by July 31st of each year a copy of the city’s comprehensive plan and development regulations in effect on July 1st of that year. (Ord. 820 § 1, 2000)