Chapter 17.08
DEFINITIONS

Sections:

17.08.010    Definitions generally – Interpretation of language.

17.08.015    Access panhandle.

17.08.017    Access street.

17.08.020    Agricultural land.

17.08.025    Alley.

17.08.030    Applicant.

17.08.033    Arterial.

17.08.035    Auditor.

17.08.040    Binding site plan.

17.08.045    Block.

17.08.050    Bond.

17.08.055    Boundary line adjustment.

17.08.060    Buffer.

17.08.062    Buffer planting strip.

17.08.065    Buildable lot.

17.08.070    Building.

17.08.075    Building line.

17.08.080    Building site.

17.08.085    Capital improvements program.

17.08.095    Community facility.

17.08.100    Community sewage disposal system.

17.08.105    Comprehensive plan.

17.08.110    Contiguous land.

17.08.115    Council.

17.08.120    County.

17.08.125    Critical areas.

17.08.127    Cross walkway.

17.08.130    Cul-de-sac.

17.08.135    Date in filing.

17.08.140    Declaration of short subdivision.

17.08.145    Dedication.

17.08.150    Development.

17.08.155    Developer.

17.08.160    Development permit.

17.08.165    Development regulations.

17.08.180    Director.

17.08.185    Division or phase of development.

17.08.190    Driving surfaces.

17.08.195    Easement.

17.08.200    Final plat.

17.08.203    Flag lot.

17.08.205    Forest land.

17.08.210    Flooding.

17.08.215    Frontage.

17.08.220    Frontage street.

17.08.225    Geologically hazardous areas.

17.08.230    Grade.

17.08.235    Half-street.

17.08.240    Health department.

17.08.245    Improvements.

17.08.250    Improvement plans.

17.08.255    Individual sewage disposal system.

17.08.260    Joint ownership.

17.08.265    Land division.

17.08.270    Large-lot subdivision.

17.08.275    Long-term commercial significance.

17.08.280    Lot.

17.08.285    Lot consolidation.

17.08.290    Lot line adjustment/boundary line adjustment.

17.08.295    Lot improvement.

17.08.297    Major street plan.

17.08.300    Minerals.

17.08.305    Model home.

17.08.310    Nonresidential subdivision.

17.08.315    Off-site.

17.08.320    Official map.

17.08.325    Open space.

17.08.330    Ordinance.

17.08.335    Owner.

17.08.336    Panhandle lot.

17.08.337    Pedestrian walkway.

17.08.340    Person.

17.08.345    Perimeter street.

17.08.350    Planned unit development.

17.08.355    Planning commission.

17.08.360    Planning director.

17.08.365    Plat.

17.08.370    Preliminary approval.

17.08.375    Preliminary plat.

17.08.380    Primary arterial.

17.08.385    Private street.

17.08.390    Public facilities.

17.08.395    Public improvements.

17.08.400    Public services.

17.08.405    Professional civil engineer.

17.08.410    Professional land surveyor.

17.08.415    Reserve strip.

17.08.420    Right-of-way.

17.08.425    Roadway.

17.08.430    Secondary arterial.

17.08.440    Short plat/subdivision.

17.08.445    Street and road.

17.08.446    Street, local commercial access.

17.08.447    Street, local residential access.

17.08.448    Street, collector.

17.08.450    Street tree.

17.08.455    Subdivider.

17.08.460    Subdivision.

17.08.465    Subdivision agent.

17.08.470    Temporary improvement.

17.08.475    Town.

17.08.480    Tract or parcel.

17.08.485    Treasurer.

17.08.495    Urban governmental services.

17.08.500    Urban growth.

17.08.505    Utilities easements.

17.08.510    Variance.

17.08.515    Vehicle.

17.08.520    Walkway.

17.08.525    Watercourse.

17.08.530    Wetlands.

17.08.535    Yard.

17.08.542    Yard, front.

17.08.545    Yard, rear.

17.08.550    Yard, side.

17.08.010 Definitions generally – Interpretation of language.

For the purpose of this title, certain words and terms are defined in this title. When consistent with the context, words used in the present tense shall include the future; the singular term shall include the plural; and the plural the singular; the word “shall” is always mandatory and the word “may” denotes a use of discretion. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.015 Access panhandle.

“Access panhandle” means a strip of land having a width narrower than that of the lot, tract or parcel to be served thereby and designed for the purpose of providing access to the lot, tract or parcel, being less in width than the minimum lot width allowed under the applicable zoning. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.017 Access street.

“Access street” means a street primarily for access to property abutting thereon. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.020 Agricultural land.

“Agricultural land” means land primarily devoted to the commercial production of horticultural, viticultural, floricultural, dairy, apiary, vegetable, or animal products, or of berries, grain, hay, straw, turf, seed, or Christmas trees not subject to the excise tax imposed by RCW 84.33.100 through 84.33.140, or livestock and that has long-term commercial significance for agricultural production. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.025 Alley.

“Alley” means a public or private right-of-way having a width no greater than 20 feet and no less than 10 feet, used primarily as a secondary means of access and/or for the use or placement of utilities to residences and/or business establishments. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.030 Applicant.

“Applicant” means any individual or entity who applies for preliminary plat, short plat, boundary line adjustment, lot consolidation, large-lot subdivision or binding site plan, or any other approval under this title. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.033 Arterial.

“Arterial” means a street or great continuity which serves or is intended to serve as a principal traffic way for fast or heavy traffic, and which, taken together, comprises the basic structure of the street system of the town and surrounding area. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.035 Auditor.

“Auditor” means the auditor of Pierce County, Washington. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.040 Binding site plan.

“Binding site plan” means a drawing(s) made and approved in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 17.14 EMC which contains inscriptions and attachments setting forth such appropriate limitations and conditions for the use of the land as are established by the town, and which contains provisions requiring any development to be in conformance with the site plan. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.045 Block.

“Block” means a group of contiguous lots, tracts or parcels within well defined and fixed boundaries. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.050 Bond.

Bond” means a form of insurance or financial security provided to guarantee completion of required improvements or maintenance. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.055 Boundary line adjustment.

“Boundary line adjustment” means a process whereby one or more lot line(s) are realigned between two or more lots, with no additional lot or tract being created. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.060 Buffer.

“Buffer” means an area of land or a structure used or created for the purpose of insulating or separating a structure or land use from other land uses or structures, in a manner intended to reduce or mitigate any adverse impacts of one on the other. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.062 Buffer planting strip.

“Buffer planting strip” means a narrow area planted with trees and shrubs of sufficient density to provide an effective sight-obscuring and sound-absorbing screen. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.065 Buildable lot.

“Buildable lot” means a lot meeting all of the requirements of size, shape, frontage, sanitation, etc., contained in this title and other ordinances of the town for any specific type of development. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.070 Building.

“Building” means a structure having a roof supported by columns or walls, for the shelter, support or enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or property of any kind. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.075 Building line.

“Building line” means a line on a land division indicating the limit beyond which any portion of a building, structure, on-site sewage disposal system, etc., may not be placed. Placement of a building line may be voluntary or mandatory. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.080 Building site.

“Building site” means an area within a lot upon which a building to accommodate the principal use of the lot could be practicably built. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.085 Capital improvements program.

“Capital improvements program” means a plan approved by the town council for the scheduling and financing of public improvements, buildings and facilities. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.095 Community facility.

“Community facility” or “community facilities” means stormwater control facilities or open space, park and recreation facilities, or any combination thereof. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.100 Community sewage disposal system.

“Community sewage disposal system” means a system designed to provide on-site treatment of sewage from two or more residential units or businesses. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.105 Comprehensive plan.

“Comprehensive plan” means a plan adopted by the town council as a guide to the physical growth and improvements of the town, including modifications or refinements which may be made from time to time. The plan may include the following elements: land use, transportation, transit, public services and facilities, utilities, housing, community development, and additional subjects relating to the physical development of the town. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.110 Contiguous land.

“Contiguous land” means land which touches on another at any point. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.115 Council.

“Council” means the town council of the town of Eatonville. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.120 County.

“County” means the county of Pierce, state of Washington. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.125 Critical areas.

“Critical areas” means and includes the following areas and ecosystems:

A. Wetlands;

B. Areas with critical recharging effect on aquifers used for potable water;

C. Fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas;

D. Frequently flooded areas; and

E. Geologically hazardous areas. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.127 Cross walkway.

“Cross walkway” means a public right-of-way 10 feet or more in width between property lines, which provides pedestrian access to adjacent properties. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.130 Cul-de-sac.

“Cul-de-sac” means a short street terminating in a vehicular turnaround space. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.135 Date in filing.

“Date in filing” means the date that a complete and accurate application for preliminary plat, short plat, large-lot plat, binding site plan or final plat approval is accepted as being complete, including appropriate fees and is filed with the town. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.140 Declaration of short subdivision.

“Declaration of short subdivision” means a document signed by all persons having any real interest in the land being subdivided, and acknowledged before a notary that they signed the same as their free act and deed, and containing, as a minimum, the following elements:

A. A legal description of the tract being divided;

B. An illustrative map;

C. Any restrictive map;

D. A title report or plat certification;

E. Any special conditions of short subdivision (e.g., approval frontage improvements requirements);

F. Any restrictive covenants;

G. Written findings by the director of public works, in conformance with RCW 58.17.060 and 58.17.110. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.145 Dedication.

“Dedication” means the deliberate appropriation of land by an owner for any general and public uses, reserving to himself no other rights than such as are compatible with the full exercise and enjoyment of the public uses to which the property has been devoted. The intention to dedicate shall be evidenced by the owner by the presentment for filing of a final plat or short plat showing the dedication thereon; and the acceptance by the public shall be evidenced by the approval of such plat for filing by the appropriate governmental unit. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.150 Development.

“Development” means the development of land as proposed and/or described in any application for development permit approval submitted to the town. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.155 Developer.

“Developer” means the person, firm or corporation proposing and/or undertaking a development. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.160 Development permit.

“Development permit” means any land use permit which must be approved by the town prior to the development of land. Development permits shall include preliminary plats, short plats, binding site plans, large-lot subdivisions and final plats. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.165 Development regulations.

“Development regulations” means any controls placed on development or land use activities by a county, city, or town, including, but not limited to, zoning ordinances, official controls, planned unit development ordinances, subdivision ordinances, and binding site plan ordinances. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.180 Director.

“Director” means the public works director. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.185 Division or phase of development.

“Division or phase of development” means a designated portion of a plat or site plan containing several lots, blocks or tracts. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.190 Driving surfaces.

“Driving surface” means that portion of a street intended for vehicular travel or parking. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.195 Easement.

“Easement” means a right granted by a property owner to specifically named parties or to the general public for the use of certain areas or strips of land for particular purposes. Where appropriate to the context, “easement” may also refer to the land covered buy the rights granted. This may include pedestrian paths, bicycle paths, utility easements, drainage, open space, etc. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.200 Final plat.

“Final plat” means the final drawing of the subdivision and dedication prepared for filing or record with the county auditor and containing all elements and requirements set forth in Chapter 58.17 RCW and in this title adopted pursuant thereto. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.203 Flag lot.

“Flag lot” or “panhandle lot” means a platted lot that is connected to the road or street right-of-way or easement by a narrow strip of land forming the shape of a flag or pan. The narrow strip of land connecting the lot to the road or street right-of-way or easement is the “flag pole” or “access panhandle” part of the lot. (Ord. 2000-05 § 1, 2000).

17.08.205 Forest land.

“Forest land” means land primarily used for growing trees, including Christmas trees subject to the excise tax imposed under RCW 84.33.100 through 84.33.140, for commercial purposes, and that has long-term commercial significance for growing trees commercially. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.210 Flooding.

“Flooding” means the inundation of any area of land that is not usually under water. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.215 Frontage.

“Frontage” means that portion of a street or easement abutting a lot, parcel, tract or project. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.220 Frontage street.

“Frontage street” means a street which is parallel to and adjacent to a major arterial, providing access to the properties abutting and separating abutting property from high-speed vehicular traffic. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.225 Geologically hazardous areas.

“Geologically hazardous areas” means areas that because of their susceptibility to erosion, sliding, earthquake or other geological events, are not suited to the siting of commercial, residential or industrial development, consistent with public health or safety concerns. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.230 Grade.

“Grade” means the change in elevation of an area, usually a roadway, expressed in terms of a percentage. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.235 Half-street.

“Half-street” means a street that has only a portion of its width within a subdivision. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.240 Health department.

“Health department” means the environmental health division of the Tacoma-Pierce County department of public health. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.245 Improvements.

“Improvements” means and includes, but is not limited to, streets and roads complying with the town of Eatonville development and construction standards; public utility and pedestrian facilities; streetlights; landscape features; bridge structures; storm drainage facilities; sewer collection systems; water distribution system; power distribution system; telephone system; cable TV system; and traffic-control devices as are required to be installed as a part of subdivision, short subdivision, large-lot subdivision or binding site plan approval. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.250 Improvement plans.

“Improvement plans” means those plans prepared by a professional civil engineer for improvements to a lot, parcel, tract, site or street. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.255 Individual sewage disposal system.

“Individual sewage disposal system” means a system designed to provide on-site treatment and disposal of wastewater from one residential unit or business. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.260 Joint ownership.

“Joint ownership” means ownership by two or more persons, firms, corporations, associations or others. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.265 Land division.

“Land division” means any process by which individual lots, parcels or tracts are created. Land divisions include, but are not limited to, short plats, long plats, binding site plans, large-lot subdivisions, etc. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.270 Large-lot subdivision.

“Large-lot subdivision” means the division of land into lots or tracts, each of which is one one-hundred-twenty-eighth of a section of land or larger, or five acres or larger, if the land is not capable of description as a fraction of a section of land. For purposes of computing the size of any lot under this section which borders on a street, the lot size shall be expanded to include that area which would be bounded by the centerline of the street and the side lot lines of the lot running perpendicular to such centerline. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.275 Long-term commercial significance.

“Long-term commercial significance” includes the growing capacity, productivity, and soil composition of the land for long-term commercial production, in consideration with the land’s proximity to population areas, and the possibility of more intense uses of the land. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.280 Lot.

“Lot” means a fractional part of subdivided or site-planned land having fixed boundaries, being of sufficient area and dimensions to meet minimum zoning requirements for width and area. The term shall include tracts or parcels. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.285 Lot consolidation.

“Lot consolidation” means a process used for the purpose of consolidating boundary lines between platted or unplatted lots, or both, which does not create any additional lots, tracts, parcels or sites, and combines them into one building site. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.290 Lot line adjustment/boundary line adjustment.

“Lot line adjustment/boundary line adjustment” means the relocation of a lot line(s) between existing lots which results in no more lots than existed before the adjustment. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.295 Lot improvement.

“Lot improvement” means the placement or construction of structures, roadways or utilities upon a lot or parcel. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.297 Major street plan.

“Major street plan” means a part of the comprehensive plan showing the location and dimensions of principal thoroughfares. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.300 Minerals.

“Minerals” means and includes gravel, sand and valuable metallic substances. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.305 Model home.

“Model home” means a structure or structures constructed to promote the sale, lease or rental of units within a project, and not necessarily intended nor approved for certified occupancy for their intended residential use. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.310 Nonresidential subdivision.

“Nonresidential subdivision” means a subdivision in which no residential structures are allowed. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.315 Off-site.

“Off-site” means areas separate from the project site, not including streets located on the perimeter of the project site. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.320 Official map.

“Official map” means the official zoning map of the town of Eatonville. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.325 Open space.

“Open space” means a parcel of land, excluding sites, parking areas and access routes, designed and maintained as an area for leisure, recreation, other activities normally carried outdoors, and/or for the preservation of natural areas. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.330 Ordinance.

“Ordinance” means a law or group of laws, adopted by the Eatonville town council, following required adoption procedures. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.335 Owner.

“Owner” means the owner of record as determined by the records of the auditor, provided that the owner under a real estate contract is the purchaser-vendee and the owner of mortgaged property is the mortgagor. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.336 Panhandle lot.

“Panhandle lot” means flag lot. (Ord. 2000-05 § 2, 2000).

17.08.337 Pedestrian walkway.

“Pedestrian walkway” means right-of-way, easement, or facility dedicated to public use and used or designated for pedestrian circulation purposes. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.340 Person.

“Person” means every person, firm, partnership, association, social or fraternal organization, corporation, estate, trust, receiver, syndicate, branch of government, or any other group or combination acting as a unit. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.345 Perimeter street.

“Perimeter street” means a street contiguous to one or more sides of a property, parcel, lot or tract. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.350 Planned unit development.

“Planned unit development” means a unified development approved in accordance with Chapter 17.17 EMC. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.355 Planning commission.

“Planning commission” means the planning commission of the town of Eatonville. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.360 Planning director.

“Planning director” means the director of the town of Eatonville department of planning. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.365 Plat.

“Plat” means a map or representation of a subdivision, showing thereon the division of a tract or parcel of land into lots, blocks, streets and alleys or other divisions or dedications. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.370 Preliminary approval.

“Preliminary approval” means the official action taken on a proposed division of land when provision of improvements or fulfillment of conditions are to occur prior to final approval. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.375 Preliminary plat.

“Preliminary plat” means a neat and approximate drawing of a proposed subdivision showing lots, tracts, streets and alleys and other elements of a subdivision consistent with the requirements of this title. The preliminary plat shall furnish a basis for the approval or disapproval of the general layout of a subdivision. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.380 Primary arterial.

“Primary arterial” means an arterial street or highway having only limited access. Primary arterials may or may not be divided. Traffic moves at a high rate of speed with as little interference as possible. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.385 Private street.

“Private street” means a roadway owned and maintained by five or more individuals or businesses for the purpose of providing vehicular access to their properties. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.390 Public facilities.

“Public facilities” means and includes streets, roads, highways, sidewalks, street and road lighting systems, traffic signals, domestic water systems, storm and sanitary sewer systems, parks, recreational facilities, schools, transit stops, telephone and communication systems, and power distribution systems. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.395 Public improvements.

“Public improvements” means any improvement or structure, required as a condition of approval, which may be used by the public. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.400 Public services.

“Public services” means and includes fire protection and suppression, law enforcement, public health, education, recreation, environmental protection, and other governmental services. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.405 Professional civil engineer.

“Professional civil engineer” means a civil engineer licensed to practice in the state of Washington. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.410 Professional land surveyor.

“Professional land surveyor” means a land surveyor licensed to practice in the state of Washington. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.415 Reserve strip.

“Reserve strip” means a parcel of ground located usually at the edge of a subdivision for the purpose of restricting access from the end or side of a street. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.420 Right-of-way.

“Right-of-way” means the area between boundary lines of a street, alley or easement.

17.08.425 Roadway.

“Roadway” means that portion of a right-of-way that is improved and maintained for vehicular and/or pedestrian traffic. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.430 Secondary arterial.

“Secondary arterial” means an arterial which provides for movement within the large subparts and may also serve through traffic, but provides more direct service to abutting land uses than do primary arterials. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.440 Short plat/subdivision.

“Short plat/subdivision” means the division or redivision of land into four or fewer lots, tracts, parcels, sites or divisions for the purpose of transfer of ownership, sale or lease and its map or representation containing all of the pertinent information as required by this title. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.445 Street and road.

“Street” means a public or private right-of-way or easement which provides vehicle access to more than three lots or potential lots. “Street” and “road” are terms used interchangeably and mean the same. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.446 Street, local commercial access.

“Local commercial access street” means a street used to provide access to commercial properties in business, commercial and industrial areas. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.447 Street, local residential access.

“Local residential access street” means a street used to provide access to residential property. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.448 Street, collector.

“Collector street” means a street used to collect and distribute traffic from higher-type arterial streets to access streets, or directly to traffic destinations, to serve neighborhood traffic generators. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.450 Street tree.

“Street tree” means a tree planted along the edge of a right-of-way or easement, or just inside the lot or parcel from the right-of-way on a landscape easement and which is of a variety approved by the town for such placement. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.455 Subdivider.

“Subdivider” means a person who undertakes the subdividing of land or a binding site plan. The subdivider is also referred to as “applicant”. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.460 Subdivision.

“Subdivision” means the division or redivision of land into five or more lots, tracts, parcels, sites or divisions, which are less than five acres in area, whether immediate or future, for the purpose of sale, lease or transfer of ownership. This definition applies whether or not there is a dedication involved. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.465 Subdivision agent.

“Subdivision agent” means that person (or persons) authorized to act on behalf of the subdivider. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.470 Temporary improvement.

“Temporary improvements” means those improvements or structures constructed or placed for a finite time period as set by ordinance. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.475 Town.

“Town” means the town of Eatonville. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.480 Tract or parcel.

“Tract” or “parcel” means a portion of a subdivision having fixed boundaries, not including lot. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.485 Treasurer.

“Treasurer” means the Pierce County treasurer, or his/her authorized agent. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.495 Urban governmental services.

“Urban governmental services” means and includes those governmental services historically and typically delivered by cities or towns, and includes storm and sanitary sewer systems, domestic water systems, street cleaning services, fire and police protection services, public transit services, solid waste services and other public utilities associated with urban areas and normally not associated with non-urban areas. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.500 Urban growth.

“Urban growth” means and refers to growth that makes intensive use of land for the location of buildings, structures and impermeable surfaces, to such a degree as to be incompatible with the primary use of such land for the production of food, other agricultural products, or fiber, or the extraction of mineral resources. When allowed to spread over wide areas, urban growth typically requires urban governmental services. “Characterized by urban growth” means and refers to land having urban growth located on it, or to land located in relationship to an area with urban growth on it as to be appropriate for urban growth. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.505 Utilities easements.

“Utilities easements” means rights-of-way which may be used by public utilities, including, but not limited to, electricity, water, natural gas, sewer, telephone and television cable, for the construction, operation, maintenance, alteration and repair of their respective facilities. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.510 Variance.

“Variance” means an authorization granting relief under the provisions of Chapter 17.50 EMC from the literal enforcement of this title, when special conditions exist or unusual hardship will result therefrom. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.515 Vehicle.

“Vehicle” means a device capable of being moved upon a public highway and in, upon, or by which any persons or property are or may be transported or drawn upon a public highway, including mopeds, excepting devices moved by human or animal power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.520 Walkway.

“Walkway” means a hard-surface portion of a street, right-of-way, trail or easement intended for pedestrian use. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.525 Watercourse.

“Watercourse” means the course or route followed by waters draining from the land, formed by nature or man and consisting of a bed, banks, sides and associated wetlands and headwater. A watercourse shall receive surface and subsurface drainage waters and shall flow with some regularity, but not necessarily continuously, naturally and normally, in draining from higher to lower lands. The watercourse shall terminate at the point of discharge into a larger receiving body such as a lake. “Watercourse” shall include sloughs, streams, creeks and associated wetlands. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.530 Wetlands.

“Wetland” or “wetlands,” for the purposes of inventory, incentives and non-regulatory programs, means those lands transitional between terrestrial and aquatic systems where the water table is usually at or near the surface, or the land is covered by shallow water. For the purposes of this definition, “wetlands” must have one or more of the attributes which meet the requirements set forth in the town of Eatonville Critical Area Ordinance (Chapter 15.20 EMC). (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.535 Yard.

“Yard” means the shortest distance between any point of the property line and the nearest building obstruction of a permanent nature, including, without limitation, steps, chimney, deck, or bay window. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.542 Yard, front.

“Front yard” means the space extending across the full width of the building site, having at no point less than the minimum required distance between the front property line and the nearest building obstruction of a permanent nature. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.545 Yard, rear.

“Rear yard” means the space extended across the full width of the building site, having at no point less than the required minimum distance between the rear property line and the nearest building obstruction of a permanent nature. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).

17.08.550 Yard, side.

“Side yard” means the space extending from the front yard to the rear yard, having at no point less than the minimum required distance between the side property line and the nearest building obstruction of a permanent nature. (Ord. 92-9 § 3, 1992).