Chapter 1.08
ORDINANCE PASSING PROCEDURE

Sections:

1.08.010    Introduction.

1.08.020    Adoption.

1.08.030    Application of state laws.

1.08.010 Introduction.

A proposed ordinance may be introduced at any regular or special meeting of the council. “Introduction” is defined as being a reading of the proposed ordinance or a general description of the purpose and contents of the proposed ordinance. (Ord. 678 § 1, 1994; Ord. 321 § 1, 1979; Ord. 146 § 1, 1972).

1.08.020 Adoption.

A. A proposed ordinance:

1. Shall not be adopted on the date of its introduction except as provided in subsections B and C of this section;

2. Shall only be adopted at a regular meeting except as provided in subsection B of this section; and

3. Should be reintroduced if not adopted at or prior to the third regular meeting after the introductory meeting. Failure to reintroduce the proposed ordinance shall not affect the validity of any ordinance passed by the city council.

B. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the city council may take action on a proposed ordinance on the day of introduction, or at a special meeting, upon the affirmative vote of a majority plus one of the whole membership of the council.

C. The city council may take action on a proposed ordinance on the day of introduction upon the affirmative vote of a majority of a quorum of the council, if the proposed ordinance relates to annexations or site-specific rezones.

D. Amendments.

1. A proposed ordinance that is not a development regulation or comprehensive plan amendment may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the council, including the introductory meeting; provided, however, that amendments shall not be considered unless the proposed ordinance appears on the official agenda of the meeting at which amendments are proposed.

2. If the city council chooses to consider a change to an ordinance relating to a development regulation or comprehensive plan amendment, and the change is proposed after the opportunity for review and comment has passed under the city’s ordinance passing procedures, an opportunity for review and comment on the proposed change shall be provided before the city council votes on the proposed change. An additional opportunity for public review and comment is not required for any of the following situations:

a. An environmental impact statement has been prepared under Chapter 43.21C RCW for the pending ordinance and the proposed change is within the range of alternatives considered in the environmental impact statement;

b. The proposed change is within the scope of the alternatives available for public comment;

c. The proposed change only corrects typographical errors, corrects cross-references, makes address or name changes, or clarifies language of a proposed ordinance without changing its effect;

d. The proposed change is to an ordinance making a capital budget decision as provided in RCW 36.70A.120; or

e. The proposed change is to an ordinance adopting a moratorium or interim control adopted under RCW 36.70A.390;

f. Site-specific rezones. (Ord. 1088 § 1, 2007; Ord. 678 § 2, 1994; Ord. 321 § 2, 1979; Ord. 146 § 2, 1972).

1.08.030 Application of state laws.

This chapter is additional to all the laws of the state as presently enacted or hereafter enacted or amended, applicable to the adoption of ordinances by the city. (Ord. 321 § 3, 1979).