Chapter 17.32


17.32.010    Intent.

17.32.020    Purpose.

17.32.030    Scope – Nuisances.

17.32.040    Basic assumptions.

17.32.050    Electrical interference.

17.32.060    Glare – Light pollution.

17.32.070    Hazardous materials storage.

17.32.080    Noise.

17.32.090    Odor, fume, dust emission and particulate matter.

17.32.100    Storage areas.

17.32.110    Toxic gases.

17.32.120    Vibration.

17.32.130    Waste disposal.

17.32.140    Investigation and compliance.

17.32.150    Enforcement.

17.32.010 Intent.

All classifications shall comply with the performance standards set forth in this chapter. These standards (a set of criteria related to certain land use characteristics) are intended to ensure compatibility among differing land uses in close proximity to one another. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.020 Purpose.

The purpose for using performance standards is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the town of Index. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.030 Scope – Nuisances.

All classifications within the Index town limits must meet the nuisance standards of Sections 17.24.040 through 17.24.150. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.040 Basic assumptions.

(A) Almost any land use can be made compatible with any neighboring land use through careful design and buffering.

(B) Site review is critical for all development to achieve compatibility.

(C) Increased opportunity for mixed land uses is good for the community.

(D) The private market helps determine the appropriate location of land uses.

(E) Guiding development provides more predictability and flexibility. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.050 Electrical interference.

All mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment shall be shielded to the extent necessary to prevent electromagnetic or radiological interference with the use of any equipment or process off-site. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.060 Glare – Light pollution.

Industrial and exterior lighting shall be designed to prevent escapement of direct light beyond the property lines and onto adjacent property. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.070 Hazardous materials storage.

All hazardous materials shall be stored in strict compliance with all federal, state and local regulations. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.080 Noise.

As regulated by Department of Ecology, Chapter 173-60 WAC.

Noise produced by commercial and/or light industrial machinery and/or equipment must be restricted to Monday through Saturday and not begin before 7:00 a.m. and must cease after 6:00 p.m. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.090 Odor, fume, dust emission and particulate matter.

Noxious emissions shall not unreasonably impact adjacent property.

Dust and other types of air pollution borne by the wind from such sources as storage areas and roads shall be minimized by landscaping, paving, oiling or other acceptable means. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.100 Storage areas.

Open storage of lumber, coal, or other combustible materials must be accessible to fire apparatus at any and all times. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.110 Toxic gases.

Toxic gases or matter shall not be emitted in any quantities that damage persons, health, animals, vegetation, or property or in any quantities that can cause soiling. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.120 Vibration.

Vibration must be contained within the property lines. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.130 Waste disposal.

No organic or inorganic waste materials shall be disposed of or permanently stored or placed on the site with the exception of compost bins or piles, and approved septic systems. Permanent storage or emplacement means a period of greater than six (6) months. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.140 Investigation and compliance.

(A) If the town of Index has reasonable doubt that an operation or use can be conducted within the limits of the stated performance standards, it may require the proposed or existing user (at the user’s expense) to retain an independent qualified expert or laboratory to determine its compliance with the standards and make the results known to the town.

(B) If the user does not provide the required analysis within thirty (30) days of the request, the town of Index shall initiate such an investigation and bill all expenses to the site user (or potential user). (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).

17.32.150 Enforcement.

If the analysis reveals existing or impending noncompliance with the performance standards, the town of Index shall require the user (or potential user) to either instigate remedial measures to meet compliance or to cease operation. (Ord. 370 § 5 (part), 2004).