Division II. Permits, Legislative Actions and Procedures

Chapter 15.200


15.200.010    Purpose.

15.200.020    Administration.

15.200.030    User guide.

15.200.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this division is to establish standard procedures for land use permit applications, public notice, hearings and appeals in the city. These procedures are designed to promote timely and informed public participation in discretionary land use decisions; eliminate redundancy in the application, permit review, hearing and appeal processes; provide for uniformity in public notice procedures; minimize delay and expense; and result in development approvals that implement the policies of the comprehensive plan. These procedures also provide for an integrated and consolidated land use permit and environmental review process. [Ord. 4656 § 1 (Exh. O2), 2013.]

15.200.020 Administration.

The provisions of this division supersede all other procedural requirements that may exist in other sections of the city code. When interpreting and applying the standards of this LDC, its provisions shall be the minimum requirements. Where conflicts occur between provisions of this division and/or between this division and other city regulations, the more restrictive provisions shall apply. [Ord. 4656 § 1 (Exh. O2), 2013.]

15.200.030 User guide.

This chapter sets forth the procedural steps for each of the five process types used by the city of Ellensburg to review project permit applications. Those process types are based on who makes the final decision, the amount of discretion exercised by the decision-maker, the level of impact associated with the decision, the amount and type of input sought before making the decision, and the type of appeal opportunity available.

To identify the procedural steps for a specific project permit application, the user should:

A.    Type of Permit. First, determine the type of permit application that is required for the project by locating the particular type of project in the tables set forth in ECC 15.210.050. You may also contact the community development department to determine the type of application that is required.

B.    Process. Second, determine the process steps that are applicable to that type of application by referring to the table in ECC 15.210.040.

1.    Table 15.210.040(A) identifies who the decision-maker is, which may be the director, appointed city board or commission, the hearing examiner, or city council, depending on the level of discretion to be exercised in the review and final decision process and the level of public input that is sought to assist in the final decision process. To determine the decision-maker for a specific permit application within one of the permit types, please refer to the tables set forth in ECC 15.210.050;

2.    Table 15.210.040(B) identifies the procedures that will be followed in the review and final decision process for each type of permit. Those address the predecision reviews, decision reviews, and appeals of decisions. The review may be administrative, or it may require a public meeting and/or public hearing. To determine the procedure that will be followed for a specific permit application within one of the types, please refer to the tables set forth in ECC 15.210.050;

3.    Table 15.210.040(C) identifies the notice requirements for each type of permit review process. [Ord. 4656 § 1 (Exh. O2), 2013.]