Chapter 18.03
ADMINISTRATION

Sections:

Purpose and Intent

18.03.010    Purpose.

18.03.020    Intent.

Establishment of Review and Decision-Making Roles

18.03.030    City Council.

18.03.040    Development Commission.

18.03.045    Urban Village Development Commission.

18.03.050    Planning Policy Commission.

18.03.060    Hearing Examiner.

18.03.070    Planning Director/Manager.

Development Commission

18.03.080    Created – Objective.

18.03.090    Membership.

18.03.100    Meetings – Rules.

18.03.110    Repealed.

18.03.120    Advisory review.

18.03.130    Community Conference.

Hearing Examiner

18.03.140    Created.

18.03.150    Appointment.

18.03.160    Qualifications.

18.03.170    Powers and duties.

18.03.180    Repealed.

18.03.190    City Attorney support.

18.03.200    Appointment of Hearing Examiner Pro Tempore.

18.03.210    Compensation.

18.03.220    Appeals.

Planning Policy Commission

18.03.230    Created – Objective.

18.03.240    Membership.

18.03.250    Meetings – Rules.

18.03.260    Repealed.

18.03.270    Advisory review.

Appearance of Fairness

18.03.280    Appearance of Fairness.

Urban Village Development Commission

18.03.300    Administrative provisions of the Urban Village Development Commission.

River and Streams Board

18.03.400    Created – Objective.

18.03.410    Membership.

18.03.420    Meetings – Rules.

18.03.430    Duties and responsibilities.

Purpose and Intent

18.03.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish the review and decision-making responsibility for proposed land development actions, as specified in this Code. (Ord. 2108 § 3.1.1, 1996).

18.03.020 Intent.

The intent of this chapter is to define and specify roles and responsibilities of various recommendation and decision-making bodies including the City Council, the Development Commission, the Planning Policy Commission, the Hearing Examiner and the Planning Director/Manager. The roles and responsibilities of each recommendation and decision-making body are to be specific in nature in order to reduce and eliminate overlapping review responsibilities. (Ord. 2108 § 3.1.2, 1996).

Establishment of Review and Decision-Making Roles

18.03.030 City Council.

The City Council shall review all elements and make the final decision on the following land use actions (as specified in Chapter 18.04 IMC):

A.    Master Site Plans;

B.    Reclassifications/rezones;

C.    Annexations;

D.    Other land use actions which require a Level 5 or Level 6 Review;

E.    Appeals to decisions made through the Level 4 Review (Hearing Examiner’s decisions) and SEPA appeals (See Ord. 2124 regarding SEPA appeals);

F.    Comprehensive Plan amendments; and

G.    Land Use Code amendments. (Ord. 2108 § 3.2.1, 1996).

18.03.040 Development Commission.

A.    The Development Commission shall review and make recommendations to the City Council on all elements (including design and technical) of the following land use actions:

1.    Master Site Plan; and

2.    Other land use actions which require a Level 5 Review.

B.    The Development Commission shall review and make the decision on all elements (including design and technical) of the following land use actions:

1.    Site Development Permits (including signage and landscaping pursuant to Chapters 18.11 and 18.12 IMC, respectively);

2.    Sign Permits; and

3.    Other land use actions which require a Level 3 Review. (Ord. 2108 § 3.2.2, 1996).

18.03.045 Urban Village Development Commission.

A.    There is hereby established an Urban Village Development Commission. The Issaquah Highlands Development Commission is hereby renamed the Urban Village Development Commission. The Urban Village Development Commission shall act in lieu of the City’s Development Commission and Planning Policy Commissions to review design guidelines and project approvals as provided in the Issaquah Highlands and East Village Development Agreements in accordance with Ordinance Nos. 2104 and 2254.

B.    The composition of the Urban Village Development Commission, its duties, procedures and review criteria shall be as set forth in the Development Agreements and as set forth in IMC 18.03.300. (Ord. 2262 § 1, 2000; Ord. 2212 § 3, 1998).

18.03.050 Planning Policy Commission.

The Planning Policy Commission shall review the following land use actions for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan and make a recommendation to the City Council:

A.    Reclassifications/rezones;

B.    Annexations when deemed by the Planning Director/Manager that they do not meet the Comprehensive Plan PAA schedule or vision;

C.    Comprehensive Plan amendments;

D.    Urban Village Development Agreements and Urban Village rezones;

E.    Land Use Code amendments; and

F.    Other land use actions that require a Level 6 Review. (Ord. 2164 § 4, 1997; Ord. 2108 § 3.2.3, 1996).

18.03.060 Hearing Examiner.

The Hearing Examiner shall review all elements and make the final decision on the following land use actions:

A.    Variances;

B.    Preliminary and final plat subdivisions;

C.    Other land use actions which require a Level 4 Review;

D.    Appeals to decisions made through the Level 0, Level 1 and Level 2 Review (decisions by the Planning Director/Manager), and appeals to decisions made through the Level 3 Review (decisions made by the Development Commission); and

E.    Appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the Building Official. (Ord. 2552 § 1, 2009; Ord. 2108 § 3.2.4, 1996).

18.03.070 Planning Director/Manager.

A.    The Planning Director/Manager shall review and make the final decision on all elements (technical and design related) of the following land use actions:

1.    Administrative Site Development Permits (including signage and landscaping pursuant to Chapters 18.11 and 18.12 IMC respectively);

2.    Administrative adjustment of standards;

3.    Shoreline Substantial Development Permits;

4.    Shoreline exemptions;

5.    Short plats;

6.    Lot line adjustments; and

7.    Other land use actions which require a Level 0, Level 1 or Level 2 Review.

B.    The Planning Director/Manager shall review and make a recommendation to Washington State Department of Ecology regarding:

1.    Shoreline Conditional Use Permits; and

2.    Shoreline variances.

C.    The Planning Director/Manager shall review and make a recommendation to the Development Commission on the following land use actions:

1.    Site Development Permits; and

2.    Other land use actions which require a Level 3 or Level 5 Review.

D.    The Planning Director/Manager shall review and make a recommendation to the Hearing Examiner on all elements (technical and design related) of the following land use actions:

1.    Variance; and

2.    Other land use actions which require a Level 4 Review.

E.    The Planning Director/Manager shall review and make a recommendation to the Planning Policy Commission on the following land use actions:

1.    Reclassifications or rezones;

2.    Annexations that do not meet the Comprehensive Plan PAA schedule or vision;

3.    Other land use actions which require a Level 6 Review; and

4.    Revisions to the Land Use Code only in sections specifically under the authority of the Planning Director/Manager. Revisions to other sections shall require approval of the identified authority. (Ord. 2108 § 3.2.5, 1996).

Development Commission

18.03.080 Created – Objective.

As of March 1, 1983, there is hereby created the Development Commission. The objective of the Development Commission is to review development proposals, as specified in this chapter, for compliance with the Design Criteria Checklist. (Ord. 2108 § 3.3.1, 1996).

18.03.090 Membership.

A.    Qualifications: Members should be knowledgeable in matters of land use, design and aesthetic judgment by virtue of training, education and/or experience. Members of the Development Commission shall preferably be selected from the following professions, backgrounds and experience: architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, physical or natural sciences, urban design and planning, development, building construction, local business persons, and City residents. City residency is preferred, but not required; provided, however, a majority of the members shall be City residents; provided, an appointed incumbent moving outside the City may continue membership until his term expires even if such a move allows the majority of the members to be non-City residents; and provided further, that a nonresident incumbent whose term has expired prior to that of the member who has relocated may be reappointed, regardless of the majority of the members of the Board being non-City residents.

B.    Number of Members – Terms: The Development Commission shall consist of seven (7) members, each of whom shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years. Terms shall expire the first day of May of each appropriate year.

C.    Alternate Members: Up to seven (7) alternate members shall be appointed to serve in the absence of regular members. Such alternates shall be selected by using the same qualifications as listed above for regular members. Alternate members shall serve a term of two (2) years.

D.    Additional Review Commission:

1.    Purpose: The purpose of an additional Development Commission is to:

a.    Review a specific project which, due to size or complications, will require more extensive review; or

b.    Lessen the backlog of review projects being done by the existing Development Commission, in order to allow project reviews to continue being processed in an equitable and timely manner.

2.    Creation: If the Planning Director/Manager and the Chair of the Development Commission agree that development activity in the City is creating a backlog of projects for the Development Commission to review, they may jointly request to the Mayor that additional Development Commission alternates be appointed, but no more than seven (7). When the alternates are appointed, the Mayor shall state the scope of work and specific purpose of the additional Commission, for example, to review a specific project. The existing Development Commission members shall elect a Chair for the additional Commission. The Mayor shall also state a specific sunset date for the additional Commission. This additional Commission shall follow all rules and provisions herein.

3.    Composition of Additional Commission: From the original members and newly appointed alternates, two (2) Commissions shall be created – both Commissions will include new alternates and original members to:

a.    Require less “start up” time for the new commissioners due to the presence of original members;

b.    Provide for consistency in recommendations from both Commissions;

c.    Provide a level of historical background on projects and design issues, based on recent project reviews done by the original Commission; and

d.    Provide for a level of predictability in review, based on recent project reviews done by the original Commission.

4.    Sunset of Additional Commission: When the scope of work for the additional Commission has been completed, or the specific sunset date is reached, the additional Commission and existing Commission shall be merged back into one (1) Commission, using the regularly appointed members. The alternate members shall continue to be alternates until their terms expire. The Mayor has the option of extending the sunset date of the additional Commission if the scope of work has not been completed.

E.    Appointment: Regular members and alternate members of the Development Commission shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council. Commissioners shall be selected without respect to political affiliations and shall serve without compensation.

F.    Removal: Members of the Commission may be removed by the Mayor, with the concurrence of the City Council, for neglect of duty, conflict of interest, malfeasance in office, or other just cause, or for unexcused absence from more than three (3) consecutive regular meetings. The decision of the City Council shall be final and there shall be no appeal therefrom. Members finding themselves unable to attend regular meetings are expected to tender their resignations.

G.    Vacancies: Vacancies occurring other than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the unexpired terms in the same manner as for appointments as provided in this section. (Ord. 2211 § 10, 1998; Ord. 2108 § 3.3.2, 1996).

18.03.100 Meetings – Rules.

A.    The Development Commission shall organize and elect from its members a Chair, who shall preside at all meetings of the Commission, and a Vice-Chair. A majority of the Commission members (four (4) members) shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and a majority vote of those present shall be necessary to carry any proposition.

B.    The Commission shall determine a regular meeting schedule (time, place and frequency), as necessary, but no less frequent than once a month. All meetings shall be open to the public.

C.    The Commission shall adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary for the conduct of its business and shall keep a written record of its proceedings which shall be a public record. (Ord. 2108 § 3.3.3, 1996).

18.03.110 Staff support.

Repealed by Ord. 2341. (Ord. 2108 3.3.4, 1996).

18.03.120 Advisory review.

The applicant or Planning Director/Manager may request a Development Commission Advisory Review for any Level 3 or 5 Review. (Ord. 2108 § 3.3.5, 1996).

18.03.130 Community Conference.

The Development Commission shall host the “Community Conference” required for all Level 3 and Level 5 Reviews. (Ord. 2108 § 3.3.6, 1996).

Hearing Examiner

18.03.140 Created.

There is created the office of Hearing Examiner as an independent office of the City for the conduct of hearings on such matters involving the interests of the City and its citizens over which jurisdiction from time to time is conferred on the Hearing Examiner by ordinance. (Ord. 2108 § 3.4.1, 1996).

18.03.150 Appointment.

Appointment to the office of Hearing Examiner shall be made by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the City Council. The Hearing Examiner shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year and thereafter may be reappointed with the length of succeeding terms determined by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The Mayor or City Council shall have the power of removal of such appointee upon filing a statement of the reasons therefor with the City Council, and subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the City Council. (Ord. 2552 § 8, 2009; Ord. 2108 § 3.4.2, 1996).

18.03.160 Qualifications.

The Hearing Examiner shall have seven (7) years’ experience as an attorney with land use experience, or seven (7) years’ experience in a land use related field, or some combination of both which would qualify as seven (7) years’ necessary training and experience. (Ord. 2108 § 3.4.3, 1996).

18.03.170 Powers and duties.

In the performance of duties prescribed by this chapter or other ordinances, the Hearing Examiner is authorized to:

A.    Administer oaths and affirmations, examine witnesses, rule upon offers of proof, receive evidence, and conduct discovery procedures which may include propounding interrogatories and taking oral depositions; provided, that no person shall be compelled to divulge information which he or she could not be compelled to divulge in a court of law;

B.    Issue and witness, upon the request of a City officer or any party, or upon the Hearing Examiner’s own volition; provided, that any such subpoena shall state the name and address of the witness sought, and, if for the production of books, documents or things, shall specifically identify the same and the relevance thereof to the issues involved;

C.    Regulate the course of the hearing in accordance with rules and this chapter and other applicable ordinances;

D.    Hold conferences for the settlement of simplification of the issues by consent of the parties;

E.    Dispose of procedural requests or similar matters;

F.    Make such decisions or recommendations as are contemplated herein and by other ordinances conferring jurisdiction on the Hearing Examiner;

G.    Take any other action authorized by ordinance;

H.    Make rules for the conduct of hearings, notices and other proceedings and procedures not inconsistent with this chapter and any other applicable ordinances. An audio or video record of the hearing proceedings shall be maintained and shall be made available for public review;

I.    Make recommendations for revision to relevant codes and ordinances which will clarify or otherwise improve the development review process. (Ord. 2108 § 3.4.4, 1996).

18.03.180 Staff support.

Repealed by Ord. 2341. (Ord. 2108 § 3.4.5, 1996).

18.03.190 City Attorney support.

In case of failure or refusal without lawful excuse of any person duly subpoenaed to attend pursuant to such subpoena, or to be sworn, or to produce upon reasonable notice any material or proper books or records or other information in his or her possession and under his or her control, the Hearing Examiner may invoke the aid of the City Attorney who shall apply to the appropriate court for an order or other court action necessary to secure enforcement of the subpoena. (Ord. 2108 § 3.4.6, 1996).

18.03.200 Appointment of Hearing Examiner Pro Tempore.

The Hearing Examiner is authorized from time to time to appoint Hearing Examiners Pro Tempore to serve on a day-to-day basis during the absence, unavailability, incapacity or disqualification of the Hearing Examiner, and each such Hearing Examiner Pro Tempore shall, as a minimum, have similar qualifications to the Hearing Examiner. The appointment shall be made by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the City Council. (Ord. 2108 § 3.4.7, 1996).

18.03.210 Compensation.

The Mayor is authorized to establish the rate of compensation for the Hearing Examiner and for Hearing Examiner Pro Tempore for each hour devoted to the conduct of hearings and related proceedings contemplated by this chapter, which rate shall be subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the City Council. (Ord. 2108 § 3.4.8, 1996).

18.03.220 Appeals.

Decisions made by the Hearing Examiner shall be appealable according to the rules and regulations set forth in the Issaquah Municipal Code and this Code. (Ord. 2108 § 3.4.9, 1996).

Planning Policy Commission

18.03.230 Created – Objective.

A.    As of March 1, 1983, there is created the Planning Policy Commission. The objective of the Planning Policy Commission is to provide guidance and direction for Issaquah’s future growth through continued review and improvement to the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and related land use documents. The duties of the Planning Policy Commission are described as follows: The Planning Policy Commission shall be an advisory body responsible for providing guidance and direction for Issaquah’s future growth and shall act as a research and fact finding agency of the City in the areas of land use to include, but not be limited to:

1.    Comprehensive planning; and

2.    Zoning and land use criteria.

B.    Duties of the Planning Policy Commission shall include:

1.    Review and recommendations relating to Issaquah’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, including subdocuments thereof such as utility comprehensive plans, and park comprehensive plans;

2.    Review and conduct public hearings on reclassification/rezone applications, including areas considered for annexation, and make recommendations to the City Council;

3.    Review of planning documents of adjacent cities, King County, and other agencies such as Puget Sound Regional Council and Metro, and make recommendations for City Council comments on same;

4.    Review of pertinent environmental documents, when appropriate;

5.    Perform such duties as are required of the planning agency by Chapter 35A.63 RCW or any other state law;

6.    Perform duties assigned by ordinance to the Planning Policy Commission;

7.    Carry out other duties as assigned by the Mayor or City Council. (Ord. 2108 § 3.5.1, 1996).

18.03.240 Membership.

A.    Qualifications: The selection of Planning Policy Commissioners shall be made from individuals who have an interest in environmental affairs, planning, land use, and residential and commercial development as evidenced by training, experience or actions. An intent of the selection process shall be to evenly represent the areas of interest as stated herein. City residency is preferred, but not required; provided, that a nonresident member can demonstrate an affiliation with the City through residency in a Potential Annexation Area (PAA) or through the ownership or operation of a business located within the City. However, a majority of the members shall be City residents; provided, an appointed incumbent moving outside the City may continue membership until such term expires even if such a move allows the majority of the members to be non-City residents; and provided further, that a nonresident incumbent whose term has expired prior to that of the member who has relocated may be reappointed, regardless of the majority of the members of the Board being non-City residents.

B.    Number of Members – Terms: The Planning Policy Commission shall consist of seven (7) members each of whom shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years. Terms shall expire the first day of May of each appropriate year.

C.    Alternate Members: At least two (2) alternate members may be appointed to serve in the absence of regular members. Such alternates shall be selected by using the same qualifications as listed above for regular members. Alternate members shall serve a term of two (2) years.

D.    Appointment: Members of the Planning Policy Commission shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council. Commissioners shall be selected without respect to political affiliations and shall serve without compensation.

E.    Removal: Members of the Commission may be removed by the Mayor, with the concurrence of the City Council, for neglect of duty, conflict of interest, malfeasance in office, or other just cause, or for unexcused absence from more than three (3) consecutive regular meetings. The decision of the City Council shall be final and there shall be no appeal therefrom. Members finding themselves unable to attend regular meetings are expected to tender their resignations.

F.    Vacancies: Vacancies occurring other than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the unexpired terms in the same manner as for appointments as provided in this section. (Ord. 2552 § 9, 2009; Ord. 2240 § 1, 1999; Ord. 2211 § 11, 1998; Ord. 2108 § 3.5.2, 1996).

18.03.250 Meetings – Rules.

A.    The Planning Policy Commission shall organize and elect from its members a Chair, who shall preside at all meetings of the Commission, and a Vice-Chair. A majority of the Commission members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and a majority vote of those present shall be necessary to carry any proposition.

B.    The Commission shall determine a regular meeting schedule (time, place and frequency), as necessary, but no less frequent than once every two (2) months. All meetings shall be open to the public.

C.    The Commission shall adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary for the conduct of its business and shall keep a written record of its proceedings which shall be a public record. (Ord. 2108 § 3.5.3, 1996).

18.03.260 Staff support.

Repealed by Ord. 2341. (Ord. 2108 § 3.5.4, 1996).

18.03.270 Advisory review.

Planning Policy Commission may be requested to provide an advisory review for any Level 6 Review. (Ord. 2108 § 3.5.5, 1996).

Appearance of Fairness

18.03.280 Appearance of Fairness.

A.    The Appearance of Fairness Doctrine, which has been clarified by Chapter 42.36 RCW, applies to “Quasi-judicial” actions defined as: “... actions of the legislative body, Planning Commission, Hearing Examiner, Zoning Adjuster, Board of Adjustment or boards which determine the legal rights, duties, or privileges of specific parties in a hearing or other contested case proceeding.”

B.    The doctrine does not apply to local “legislative actions” defined as: “... adopting, amending, or revising comprehensive, community, or neighborhood plans or other land use planning documents or the adoption of area-wide zoning ordinances or the adoption of a zoning amendment that is of area-wide significance.” (Ord. 2108 § 3.6, 1996).

Urban Village Development Commission

18.03.300 Administrative provisions of the Urban Village Development Commission.

A.    Purpose: The purpose of the Urban Village Development Commission is to review initial development standards not adopted as part of the Development Agreements, review initial design guidelines, and conduct a planning-level review of specified land use actions within the Issaquah Highlands and East Village Project (Projects) for conformance with the policies, goals and objectives contained in the City of Issaquah Comprehensive Plan and in the “Grand Ridge Planning Goals and Commitments” (Appendix to the Grand Ridge Agreement), and in the Cougar Mountain East Village Development Agreement.

B.    Establishment of Responsibilities: For land use matters within the Projects, the Commission shall have review, recommendation, and/or decision-making responsibilities as follows:

1.    The Commission shall conduct a planning-level review and make recommendations to the City Council on preliminary plats, the initial adoption of design guidelines which implement Appendix A to the Grand Ridge Agreement, and the initial adoption of new development standards (i.e., not adopted as part of the Grand Ridge Agreement – see Section 3.35 of the Agreement).

2.    The Commission shall conduct a planning-level review and make decisions on site development permits for sites three (3) acres in size and greater.

    The scope of the specific responsibilities of the Commission may be further described in bylaws or rules and regulations of the Commission if approved by the City Council.

C.    Membership, Meetings and Rules, and Staffing:

1.    Membership:

a.    Qualifications: Members should be knowledgeable in matters of land use, design and aesthetic judgment by virtue of training, education, and/or experience. Members of the Commission shall preferably be residents of the Issaquah area and selected from the following professions, backgrounds, and experience: architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, physical or natural sciences, urban design, planning, development, building construction, and local business persons.

b.    Number of Members/Terms: The Commission shall consist of seven (7) members, each of whom shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years. No more than two (2) members shall be from any single professional discipline cited in subsection (C)(1)(a) of this section. Terms shall expire on the first day of May of each appropriate year.

c.    Alternate Members: Up to three (3) alternate members shall be appointed to serve in the absence of regular members. Such alternates shall be selected by using the same qualifications as listed above for regular members. Alternate members shall serve a term of two (2) years.

d.    Appointment: Members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Mayor of Issaquah, subject to confirmation by the Issaquah City Council. Commissioners shall be selected without respect to political affiliations and shall serve without compensation.

e.    Removal: Members of the Commission may be removed by the Mayor for neglect of duty, conflict of interest, malfeasance in office, or other just cause, or for unexcused absence from more than three (3) consecutive regular meetings. Members finding themselves unable to attend regular meetings are expected to tender their resignations.

f.    Vacancies: Vacancies occurring other than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the unexpired terms by alternate members in the same manner as for appointments as provided in this section.

2.    Meetings and Rules:

a.    The Commission shall organize and elect from its members a Chair, who shall preside at all meetings of the Commission, and a Vice-Chair. Four (4) members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and a majority vote of those present shall be necessary to carry any proposal.

b.    The Commission shall determine a regular meeting schedule (time, place, and frequency), as necessary, but no less frequent than once a quarter. All meetings shall be open to the public.

c.    The Commission shall adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary for the conduct of its business and shall keep a written record of its proceedings which shall be a public record. The rules and regulations shall provide for applicant, proponent, and opponent testimony on matters requiring a public hearing and for time limits to be imposed at the discretion of the Chair on all matters where testimony is taken.

3.    Staffing: Administrative staff support shall be provided by the Major Development Review Team (MDRT) or the appropriate City department. (Ord. 2262 § 2, 2000; Ord. 2212 § 2, 1998).

River and Streams Board

18.03.400 Created – Objective.

As of March 1, 1983, there is created the River and Streams Board. The objective of the River and Streams Board is to protect, preserve, and enhance the water quality in the waterways of Issaquah, and to protect the fish, birds, and mammals that depend upon such aquatic environments by advising the Mayor and City Council of actions necessary to achieve this end. (Ord. 2447 § 18, 2005).

18.03.410 Membership.

A.    Qualifications: The selection of River and Streams Board members shall be made from individuals who are knowledgeable in the life sciences, hydrology, or geology areas as evidenced by training and/or experience. City residency is preferred, but not required. Members shall not be City employees or elected officials.

B.    Number of Members Terms: The River and Streams Board shall consist of seven (7) members, each of whom shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years. Terms shall expire the first day of May of each appropriate year.

C.    Alternate Members: Two (2) or more alternate members shall be appointed to serve in the absence of regular members. Such alternates shall be selected by using the same qualifications as listed above for regular members. Alternate members shall serve a term of two (2) years.

D.    Appointment: Members of the Board shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council. Members shall be selected without respect to political affiliations and shall serve without compensation.

E.    Removal: Members of the River and Streams Board may be removed by the Mayor, with concurrence of the City Council, for neglect of duty, conflict of interest, malfeasance in office, or other just cause, or for unexcused absence from more than three (3) consecutive regular meetings. The decision of the City Council shall be final and there shall be no appeal therefrom. Members finding themselves unable to attend regular meetings are expected to tender their resignations.

F.    Vacancies: Vacancies occurring other than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the unexpired terms in the same manner as for appointments as provided in this section. (Ord. 2447 § 19, 2005).

18.03.420 Meetings – Rules.

A.    The River and Streams Board shall organize and elect from its members a Chair, who shall preside at all meetings of the Board, and a Vice-Chair. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and a majority vote of those present shall be necessary to carry any proposition.

B.    The Board shall determine a regular meeting schedule (time, place, and frequency), as necessary, but no less frequent than once every two (2) months. All meetings shall be open to the public.

C.    The Board shall adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary for the conduct of its business, and shall keep a written record of its proceedings, which shall be a public record. (Ord. 2447 § 20, 2005).

18.03.430 Duties and responsibilities.

A.    The River and Streams Board shall serve as a scientific and technical resource advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, and shall be responsible for advising the Mayor and City Council of actions necessary to protect, preserve and enhance the quality and quantity of aquatic environments within the City of Issaquah and the drainage basin surrounding the City.

B.    The Board shall review and make recommendations regarding:

1.    The Shoreline Management Plan for the City of Issaquah;

2.    Enhancement and preservation of the streams, lakes, and wetlands drainage areas;

3.    Protection of the fish and wildlife resources of the Issaquah drainage area;

4.    Protection of the quality of the Issaquah watersheds and public water supply;

5.    City of Issaquah policies related to storm and surface water control;

6.    Grading and filling permit applications;

7.    Shoreline Management Permit applications;

8.    Environmental Impact Statements, when appropriate.

C.    The Board shall have such other duties and responsibilities as may be prescribed by ordinance, or as directed by the Mayor. (Ord. 2447 § 21, 2005).