Chapter 18.04


18.04.010    Purpose.

18.04.020    Authority.

18.04.030    General requirements.

18.04.040    Additional definitions.

18.04.050    Designation of responsible official.

18.04.060    Lead agency determination and responsibilities.

18.04.070    Transfer of lead agency status.

18.04.080    Additional timing considerations.

18.04.090    Categorical exemptions and threshold determinations – Generally.

18.04.100    Thresholds for categorical exemptions.

18.04.110    Use of exemptions.

18.04.120    Emergencies.

18.04.130    Environmental checklist.

18.04.140    Mitigated DNS.

18.04.150    Environmental impact statements – Generally.

18.04.160    EIS – Preparation.

18.04.170    Commenting – Generally.

18.04.180    Public notice.

18.04.190    Consulted agency responsibilities.

18.04.200    Existing environmental documents.

18.04.210    Substantive authority – Generally.

18.04.220    Substantive authority – Exercise.

18.04.230    Notice of action.

18.04.240    Definitions.

18.04.250    Agency compliance.

18.04.260    Fees.

18.04.270    Forms.

18.04.010 Purpose.

A. The purpose of this chapter is to adopt regulations to implement the State Environmental Policy Act of 1971 (Chapter 43.21C RCW), as amended, consistent with the SEPA rules adopted on November 10, 1997 (Chapter 197-11 WAC).

B. This chapter is based on the draft SEPA model ordinance prepared by the State of Washington Department of Ecology on March 9, 1998, in accordance with the mandate of RCW 43.21C.130, to be adopted as Chapter 173-806 WAC. (Ord. 1087 § 1, 1998)

18.04.020 Authority.

A. The town adopts this chapter pursuant to the mandate of RCW 43.21C.120, and the SEPA rules, WAC 197-11-904.

B. This chapter contains this town’s SEPA procedures and policies.

C. The SEPA rules, Chapter 197-11 WAC, must be used in conjunction with this chapter. (Ord. 1087 § 2, 1998)

18.04.030 General requirements.

The basic requirements for the town’s SEPA process shall be as set forth in FHMC 18.04.030 through 18.04.080. The town adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC by this reference:


197-11-040    Definitions.

197-11-050    Lead agency.

197-11-055    Timing of 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 and regulations.

197-11-210    SEPA/GMA integration.

197-11-220    SEPA/GMA definitions.

197-11-228    Overall SEPA/GMA integration procedures.

197-11-230    Timing of an integrated GMA/SEPA process.

197-11-232    SEPA/GMA integration procedures for preliminary planning, environmental analysis, and expanded scoping.

197-11-235    Documents.

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 actions.

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

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

197-11-268    MTCA interim actions.

(Ord. 1087 § 3, 1998)

18.04.040 Additional definitions.

In addition to those definitions contained within WAC 197-11-700 through 197-11-799 and WAC 197-11-220, when used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context indicates otherwise:

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

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

C. “Ordinance” means the ordinance, resolution, or other procedure used by the town to adopt regulatory requirements.

D. “Early notice” means the town’s response to an applicant stating whether it considers issuance of a determination of significance likely for the applicant’s proposal. (Ord. 1087 § 4, 1998)

18.04.050 Designation of responsible official.

A. For those proposals for which the town is the lead agency, the responsible official shall be the town administrator or his/her designee.

B. For all proposals for which the town is the lead agency, the responsible official shall make the threshold determination, supervise scoping and preparation of any required environmental impact statement (EIS), and perform any other functions assigned to the “lead agency” or “responsible official” by those sections of the SEPA rules that were adopted by reference in this chapter.

C. The town shall retain all documents required by the SEPA rules and make them available in accordance with Chapter 42.17 RCW. (Ord. 1087 § 5, 1998)

18.04.060 Lead agency determination and responsibilities.

A. The department within the town receiving an application for or initiating a proposal that involves a nonexempt action shall refer the application to the responsible official, who shall then determine the lead agency for that proposal under WAC 197-11-050, 197-11-253, and 197-11-922 through 197-11-940, unless the lead agency has been previously determined.

B. When the town is the lead agency for a proposal, the responsible official shall supervise compliance with the threshold determination requirements and, if an EIS is necessary, shall supervise preparation of the EIS.

C. When the town is not the lead agency for a proposal, the town shall use and consider, as appropriate, either the DNS or the final EIS of the lead agency in making decisions on the proposal. The town shall not prepare or require preparation of a DNS or EIS in addition to that prepared by the lead agency, unless required under WAC 197-11-600.

D. If the town 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, it may object to the determination. Any objection must be made to the agency originally making the determination and resolved within 15 days of receipt of the determination, or the town must petition the Department of Ecology for a lead agency determination under WAC 197-11-946 within the 15-day time period. Any such petition on behalf of the town may be initiated by the responsible official.

E. The responsible official is authorized to make agreements as to lead agency status or shared lead agency duties for a proposal under WAC 197-11-942 and 197-11-944.

F. The responsible official making a lead agency determination for a private project shall require sufficient information from the applicant to identify which other agencies have jurisdiction over the proposal.

G. When the town is lead agency for a 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 town shall decide jointly with Ecology who receives the comment letters and how copies of the comment letters will be distributed to the other. (Ord. 1087 § 6, 1998)

18.04.070 Transfer of lead agency status.

For any proposal for a private project where the town would be the lead agency and for which one or more state agencies have jurisdiction, the town’s responsible official may elect to transfer the lead agency duties to a state agency. The state agency with jurisdiction appearing first on the priority listing in WAC 197-11-936 shall be the lead agency and the town shall be an agency with jurisdiction. To transfer lead agency duties, the town’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 town shall also give notice of the transfer to the private applicant and any other agencies with jurisdiction over the proposal. (Ord. 1087 § 7, 1998)

18.04.080 Additional timing considerations.

A. For nonexempt proposals, the DNS or final EIS for the proposal shall accompany the town’s staff recommendation to any appropriate advisory body, such as the planning commission.

B. If the town’s only action on a proposal is a decision on a building permit or other license that requires detailed project plans and specifications, the applicant may request in writing that the town conduct environmental review prior to submission of the detailed plans and specifications. The point at which environmental review may be initiated for specific permits or other licenses requiring detailed project plans and specifications shall be determined by the responsible official after consultation with the applicant and a representative of any department which will be involved with the proposal. (Ord. 1087 § 8, 1998)

18.04.090 Categorical exemptions and threshold determinations – Generally.

The rules for deciding whether a proposal has a “probable significant adverse environmental impact,” requiring an environmental impact statement (EIS) to be prepared, and the rules for evaluating the impacts for proposals not requiring an EIS are set forth in FHMC 18.04.090 through 18.04.140.

The town adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC by reference:


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.

197-11-800    Categorical exemptions.

197-11-890    Petitioning DOE to change exemptions.

(Ord. 1087 § 9, 1998)

18.04.100 Thresholds for categorical exemptions.

A. Except as set forth in subsection B of this section, proposed actions which are categorically exempt are as set forth in WAC 197-11-800, which is hereby adopted by this reference.

B. Pursuant to the authority set forth in WAC 197-11-800(1)(c), the exempt levels set forth in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b) are hereby raised to the maximums specified in WAC 197-11-800(1)(c), except as provided in subsection C of this section.

C. The provisions of subsection B of this section, raising the exempt levels for certain proposed actions to the maximum allowed under WAC 197-11-800(1)(c), do not apply in any area of the town which is identified as a critical area in Chapter 18.08 FHMC. (Ord. 1087 § 10, 1998)

18.04.110 Use of exemptions.

A. A determination of whether or not a proposal is exempt shall be made by the responsible official and, when made, shall be final and not subject to administrative review. If a proposal is exempt, none of the procedural requirements of this chapter apply to the proposal. The town shall not require completion of an environmental checklist for an exempt proposal.

B. In determining whether or not a proposal is exempt, the responsible official shall make certain the proposal is properly defined and shall identify the governmental licenses required (WAC 197-11-060). If a proposal includes exempt and nonexempt actions, the responsible official shall determine the lead agency.

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

1. The town shall not give authorization for any nonexempt action, any action that would limit the choice of alternatives, or any action that would have an adverse environmental impact;

2. The responsible official may withhold approval of an exempt action that would lead to modification of the physical environment when such modification would serve no purpose if nonexempt action(s) were not approved; and

3. The responsible official 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 nonexempt action(s) were not approved. (Ord. 1087 § 11, 1998)

18.04.120 Emergencies.

Pursuant to the authority provided in WAC 197-11-880, actions that must be undertaken immediately or within a time too short to allow full compliance with this chapter, to avoid an imminent threat to public health or safety, to prevent an imminent danger to public or private property, or to prevent an imminent threat of serious environmental degradation shall be exempt. (Ord. 1087 § 12, 1998)

18.04.130 Environmental checklist.

A. A complete environmental checklist, in the form provided in WAC 197-11-960, shall be filed at the same time as an application for a permit, license, certificate, or other approval not specifically exempted in this chapter, except a checklist is not needed if the responsible official and applicant agree that an EIS is required, SEPA compliance has been completed, or SEPA compliance has been initiated by another agency. The responsible official shall use the environmental checklist to determine the lead agency and, if the town is the lead agency, for making the threshold determination.

B. For private proposals, the town will require the applicant to complete the environmental checklist, providing assistance as necessary. For town proposals, the department initiating the proposal shall complete the environmental checklist.

C. The town may require that it, and not the private applicant, will complete all or part of the environmental checklist for a private proposal, if either of the following occurs:

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

2. The applicant has provided inaccurate information on previous proposals or on proposals currently under consideration. (Ord. 1087 § 13, 1998)

18.04.140 Mitigated DNS.

A. As provided in WAC 197-11-350, the responsible official may issue a 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 follow submission of a permit application and environmental checklist and shall precede the actual threshold determination for the proposal.

C. The responsible official should respond to the request for early notice within 15 days. The response shall be in writing and shall state whether the responsible official currently considers issuance of a DS likely and, if so, indicate the general or specific area(s) of concern leading the responsible official to consider a DS. The response shall also state that the applicant may change or clarify the proposal to mitigate the indicated impacts, revising the environmental checklist and/or permit application as necessary to reflect the changes or clarifications.

D. As much as possible, the responsible official should assist the applicant with identification of impacts to the extent necessary to formulate mitigation measures.

E. When an applicant submits a changed or clarified proposal, along with a revised or amended environmental checklist, the responsible official shall base the threshold determination on the changed or clarified proposal and the revised or amended checklist, and should make the determination within 15 days of receiving that information.

F. If the responsible official indicated specific mitigation measures in the response to the request for early notice, and the applicant changed or clarified the proposal to include those specific mitigation measures, the responsible official shall issue and circulate a DNS under WAC 197-11-340(2).

G. If the responsible official indicated areas of concern, but did not indicate specific mitigation measures that would allow issuance of a DNS, the responsible official shall make the threshold determination, issuing a DNS or DS, as appropriate.

H. The applicant’s proposed mitigation measures (clarifications, changes or conditions) must be in writing and must be specific. For example, proposals to “control noise” or “prevent storm water runoff” are inadequate, whereas proposals to “muffle machinery to X decibel” or “construct 200-foot storm water retention pond at Y location” are adequate.

I. 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.

J. A mitigated DNS is issued under either WAC 197-11-340(2), requiring a 14-day comment period and public notice, or WAC 197-11-355(5), which may require no additional comment period beyond the comment period on the notice of application.

K. 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.

L. The written 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 town to consider the clarifications or changes in its threshold determination. (Ord. 1087 § 14, 1998)

18.04.150 Environmental impact statements – Generally.

The rules for preparing an environmental impact statement are set forth in FHMC 18.04.150 through 18.04.170. The town adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC by this reference:


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 (optional).

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 nonproject proposals.

197-11-443    EIS contents when prior nonproject EIS.

197-11-444    Elements of 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. 1087 § 15, 1998)

18.04.160 EIS – Preparation.

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

B. The DEIS and FEIS or draft and final SEIS shall be prepared by town staff, the applicant, or by a consultant selected by the town or the applicant. If the responsible official requires an EIS for a proposal and determines that someone other than the town 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 town’s procedure for EIS preparation, including approval of the DEIS and FEIS prior to distribution.

C. The town may require an applicant to provide information the town 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, unless such information is required under another town ordinance.

D. No matter who prepares the DEIS, FEIS or SEIS, it must be approved by the responsible official before distribution. (Ord. 1087 § 16, 1998)

18.04.170 Commenting – Generally.

The rules for consulting, commenting and responding on all documents under SEPA and the rules pertaining to public notice and hearings are set forth in FHMC 18.04.180 through 18.04.200. The town adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC by this reference:


197-11-500    Purpose of this part.

197-11-502    Inviting comment.

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

197-11-508    SEPA register.

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. 1087 § 17, 1998)

18.04.180 Public notice.

A. Whenever possible, the town shall integrate the public notice required under this section with existing notice procedures for the town’s nonexempt permit(s) or approval(s) required for the proposal.

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

1. If a SEPA document is issued concurrently with the notice of application, the public notice requirements for the notice of application in FHMC Title 20 will suffice to meet the SEPA public notice requirements in WAC 197-11-510(1);

2. If public notice is not otherwise required, the town shall give notice of the DNS or DS by publishing notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the town;

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

C. If a DNS is issued using the optional DNS process, the public notice requirements for the notice of application in FHMC Title 20, as supplemented by the requirements in WAC 197-11-355, will suffice to meet the SEPA public notice requirements in WAC 197-11-510(1).

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

1. Indicating the availability of the document in any public notice otherwise required; and

2. Publishing notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the town.

E. The town shall require an applicant to complete the public notice requirements for the applicant’s proposal at his or her expense. (Ord. 1087 § 18, 1998)

18.04.190 Consulted agency responsibilities.

A. The responsible official shall be responsible for preparation of written comments for the town in response to a consultation request prior to a threshold determination, participation in scoping, and reviewing a DEIS.

B. The responsible official shall also be responsible for the town’s compliance with WAC 197-11-550 whenever the town is a consulted agency and is 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 town. (Ord. 1087 § 19, 1998)

18.04.200 Existing environmental documents.

The rules for using and supplementing environmental documents prepared under SEPA or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the town’s own environmental compliance are set forth in this section. The town adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC by this reference:


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

197-11-610    Use of NEPA documents.

197-11-620    Supplemental environmental impact statement – Procedures.

197-11-625    Addenda – Procedures.

197-11-630    Adoption – Procedures.

197-11-635    Incorporation by reference – Procedures.

197-11-640    Combining documents.

(Ord. 1087 § 20, 1998)

18.04.210 Substantive authority – Generally.

The rules and policies for SEPA’s substantive authority, such as decisions to mitigate or reject proposals as a result of SEPA, are set forth in FHMC 18.04.220 and 18.04.230. The town adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC by this reference:


197-11-650    Purpose of this part.

197-11-655    Implementation.

197-11-660    Substantive authority and mitigation.

197-11-680    Appeals.

(Ord. 1087 § 21, 1998)

18.04.220 Substantive authority – Exercise.

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

B. The town may attach conditions to a permit or approval for a nonexempt proposal, so long as:

1. Such conditions are necessary to mitigate specific probable adverse environmental impacts identified in environmental documents prepared pursuant to this chapter;

2. Such conditions are in writing;

3. The mitigation measures included in such conditions are reasonable and capable of being accomplished;

4. The town 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 the one or more policies in subsection D of this section and identified in the permit or other decision document.

C. The town may deny a permit or approval for a nonexempt proposal on the basis of SEPA, so long as:

1. A finding is made that approving the proposal would result in probable significant adverse environmental impacts that are identified in a FEIS or final SEIS prepared pursuant to this chapter;

2. A finding is made that there are no reasonable mitigation measures capable of being accomplished that are sufficient to mitigate the identified impact;

3. The denial is based on one or more policies identified in subsection D of this section and identified in writing in the decision document.

D. As the basis for the town’s exercise of authority under this section, the town designates and adopts by reference the policies and goals set forth in:

1. RCW 43.21.020;

2. FHMC Title 17, the comprehensive plan and land use regulations, as amended or replaced from time to time; and

3. FHMC Title 19, the shoreline master program, as amended or replaced from time to time. (Ord. 1087 § 22, 1998)

18.04.230 Notice of action.

A. The town, applicant for, or proponent of an action may 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 pursuant to RCW 43.21C.080. (Ord. 1087 § 23, 1998)

18.04.240 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, the terms set out in this section shall have the meanings indicated. The town adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC by this reference:


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.

197-11-728    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    Nonproject.

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    Responsible 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. 1087 § 24, 1998)

18.04.250 Agency compliance.

The rules for the town’s compliance with SEPA, including listing agencies with environmental expertise, selecting the lead agency and applying these rules to current agency activities, are as set forth in this section. The town adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC by this reference:


197-11-900    Purpose of this part.

197-11-902    Agency SEPA policies.

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 governmental 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.

197-11-934    Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from a local agency, not a county/city and one or more state agencies.

197-11-936    Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from more than one state agency.

197-11-938    Lead agencies for specific proposals.

197-11-940    Transfer of lead agency status to 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. 1087 § 25, 1998)

18.04.260 Fees.

A. Threshold Determination. For every environmental checklist the town will review when it is lead agency, the town shall collect a fee from the proponent of the proposal prior to undertaking the threshold determination. Any time periods provided by this chapter for making a threshold determination shall not begin to run until payment of the fee. The nonrefundable review fees for all environmental documents governed by this chapter shall be reviewed annually by the town council which shall direct the town clerk to adjust the fee appropriately and post such list in a conspicuous place within Town Hall and make such list available to the public upon request.

B. Environmental Impact Statement.

1. When the town 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 town, the town may charge and collect a reasonable fee from any applicant to cover the costs incurred by the town in preparing the EIS. The responsible official shall advise the applicant(s) of the projected costs for the EIS prior to actual preparation. The applicant shall post bond or otherwise ensure payment of such costs.

2. The responsible official may determine that the town will contract directly with a consultant for preparation of an EIS, or a portion of the EIS, for activities initiated by some person or entity other than the town and may bill such costs and expenses directly to the applicant. The town may require the applicant to post bond or otherwise ensure payment of such costs. Such consultants shall be selected by mutual agreement of the town and applicant after a call for proposals.

3. If a proposal is modified so that an EIS is no longer required, the responsible official shall refund any fees collected under subsections (B)(1) and (B)(2) of this section which remain after incurred costs are paid.

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

D. The town shall not collect a fee for performing its duties as a consulted agency.

E. The town 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. (Ord. 1087 § 26, 1998)

18.04.270 Forms.

By this reference, the town adopts the forms set forth in the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC:


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. 1087 § 27, 1998)