Chapter 17.08


Article I. Application

17.08.010    Preliminary consideration.

17.08.020    Review.

17.08.030    Content.

17.08.040    Public hearing.

17.08.050    Standards of acceptability.

Article II. Design Standards

17.08.060    Rights-of-way.

17.08.070    Lots – Lot line adjustment fee.

17.08.080    Encroachment on future public areas prohibited.

17.08.090    Service streets.

17.08.100    Buffer strips.

17.08.110    Dedications.

17.08.120    Variations and exceptions.

Article III. Site Improvements

17.08.130    Requirements generally.

17.08.140    Completion or bond.

17.08.150    Performance bond.

Article IV. Final Plat

17.08.160    Submittal.

17.08.170    Preparation generally.

17.08.180    Drawing and index sheet.

17.08.190    Identification and description.

17.08.200    Delineation.

17.08.210    Descriptions, dedications and certificates.

Article I. Application

17.08.010 Preliminary consideration.

A. Application for subdivision or dedication shall be made to the city clerk on a form established by the city.

B. The application shall contain sufficient information, including a sketch of the proposal sufficient to permit the hearing examiner to indicate the general acceptability of the layout as submitted.

C. The applicant must complete all requirements of the hearing examiner for final approval within six months of the original application. (Ord. 836 § 3, 2000; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.020 Review.

A. In completing the preliminary consideration of the application, the city administrator or his or her designee shall furnish the applicant with a list of the requirements in LFPMC 17.08.030 to be completed before final consideration of the application. The required items shall be filed with the city clerk at least two weeks before the public hearing.

B. The city clerk shall affix thereto the date received and immediately dispatch one copy of the proposed plat or dedication and engineering data to the city engineer and four copies to the hearing examiner.

C. Upon receipt of the proposed plat or dedication and engineering data, the city engineer shall check as to the general conformity with the overall requirements of the platting and right-of-way improvements ordinances of the city. The city engineer shall make his recommendations regarding the material submitted in written form to the hearing examiner prior to the initial hearing.

D. The city engineer may require the complete field and computation notes showing original or reestablished corners with descriptions of same, true bearings and distances to establish right-of-way lines and monuments, turning angles, points of curvature, length of tangents, closure and methods of balancing with corners and distances of the plat or dedication. Allowable error shall be two one-hundredths of one foot in preparation of the final plat.

E. Final sewer, water and underground service plans must be submitted to the city engineer for approval prior to actual construction of these utilities. If any changes are made during the installation, the revised drawings showing the exact location of the utilities must be furnished. All underground utilities, sanitary sewers, and storm drains installed in streets shall be constructed prior to the surfacing of such streets. Service connections for all underground utilities and sanitary sewers shall be laid to such lengths as will obviate the necessity for disturbing the street improvements, when service connections thereto are made. (Ord. 836 § 4, 2000; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.030 Content.

The hearing examiner may require any or all of the following to be submitted at least two weeks before the public hearing:

A. Six copies of a map of the proposed plat or dedication, drawn to a minimum scale of one inch to 100 feet, prepared by a registered surveyor, containing the following information:

1. The name of the plat or dedication;

2. The name, address, telephone number and seal of the land surveyor;

3. Lot and block numbers; street names and layout; dimensions of all lots, streets, easements, and all dedicated rights-of-way; municipal boundaries, township and section lines which adjoin or intersect the plat;

4. Date, scale and true north point;

5. Sufficient contours or elevations to determine the general topography of the land;

6. The location and direction of the flow of all watercourses and the approximate location of all areas subject to inundation or stormwater overflow;

7. The outline of any existing buildings to remain in place, including buildings within 100 feet of plat boundary;

8. All building setback lines as established by ordinances and regulations of the city;

9. Proposed location of all monuments. One such monument shall be placed at each street intersection and at such locations as required by the city engineer;

10. Existing sewers, water mains, culverts or other underground facilities within the tract, indicating grade and exact locations.

B. Six copies of a statement containing the following:

1. The name of the plat or dedication;

2. The name, address, and telephone number of the owner or owners;

3. The legal description of the property;

4. Present and proposed land use and zoning;

5. Source of water supply and written approval of water district for proposed services;

6. Profile and section print of all streets within the plat to be dedicated as public roads together with storm drainage plans;

7. Method of proposed sewage disposal and written approval of the health officer or sewer district for the proposal.

C. All information required by the State Environmental Policy Act. (Ord. 836 § 5, 2000; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.040 Public hearing.

Before giving final consideration to the proposal, the hearing examiner shall call a public hearing in accordance with rules established by the city council and Chapter 58.17 RCW. (Ord. 836 § 6, 2000; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.050 Standards of acceptability.

The hearing examiner, in making a decision on the application, shall be guided by the standards set forth in Article II of this chapter. (Ord. 836 § 7, 2000; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

Article II. Design Standards

17.08.060 Rights-of-way.

A. Rights-of-way shall conform in effect to the comprehensive plan as adopted and to the general pattern of the rights-of-way system of Lake Forest Park. Except for dead-end streets, minimum right-of-way shall be 60 feet and the minimum improved roadway 28 feet.

B. The terminal of such dead-end street shall be a circular area with a minimum diameter of 80 feet, the improved portion (street) of which shall be 64 feet in diameter.

C. The minimum width of a dead-end street less than 400 feet long shall be 30 feet within improved roadway of 22 feet. If such street is over 400 feet, the minimum width of the right-of-way shall be 60 feet with an improved roadway 28 feet. All such street shall terminate in a cul-de-sac in accordance with subsection B of this section.

D. The minimum grade except in vertical curves on any street or road shall be twenty-five-hundredths of one percent for purpose of drainage.

E. The maximum grade on any street shall not exceed 10 percent, unless otherwise approved by the commission.

F. Streets shall be required to intersect one another at an angle as near to a right angle as is practicable in each specific case.

G. The subdivider shall improve the extension of all subdivision streets to the intersecting paving line of any city street.

H. All street names shall be approved by the planning commission and shall be in conformity to the county system wherever possible. (Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.070 Lots – Lot line adjustment fee.

A. The sizes and shapes of lots shall be in conformance to any districting regulations effective in the area of the proposed subdivision.

B. The side lines of all lots, so far as possible, shall be at right angles to the street which the lot faces, or radial or approximately radial if the street is curved.

C. No lot shall be divided by a city boundary line.

D. All lots must have a minimum of 75 feet frontage on a public right-of-way.

E. The fee for a lot line adjustment shall be as established periodically by city council resolution. (Ord. 787 § 1, 1999; Ord. 439 § 11, 1989; Ord. 340, 1985; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984; Ord. 326 § 19, 1984)

17.08.080 Encroachment on future public areas prohibited.

The tract to be subdivided shall not be a part of or encroach upon an area or areas designated in the comprehensive plan for future public facilities; provided, that the city take reasonable steps to implement that part of the plan within five years. (Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.090 Service streets.

Frontage on high volume trafficways shall be provided with parallel service streets or such other access as may be appropriate to the conditions. (Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.100 Buffer strips.

Where residential subdivisions are to be developed adjacent to nonresidential use districts, buffer strips or other protective treatment shall be provided to the extent and type as may be required by the hearing examiner. (Ord. 836 § 8, 2000; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.110 Dedications.

If required by the hearing examiner, all plats must provide for dedication of areas for parks, playgrounds, or open public spaces, on the basis of population density. (Ord. 836 § 9, 2000; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.120 Variations and exceptions.

A. Variations and exceptions from the dimensional standards and improvement requirements as set forth in this title may be made by the planning commission in those instances where it is deemed that hardship, topography, or other factual deterrent conditions prevail, and in such manner as it considers necessary to maintain the intent and purpose of these regulations and requirements.

B. In all respects, the proposal will be considered in relation to the comprehensive plan of the city, or any part thereof, or preliminary plans made in anticipation thereof.

C. There are certain areas which have been designated as sensitive because of the nature of the topography creating concern due to flooding, bad drainage, steep slopes, rock formations, or other features likely to be harmful to the safety, welfare, and general health of the future residents. (Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

Article III. Site Improvements

17.08.130 Requirements generally.

Site improvements shall include grading of entire widths of street rights-of-way, surfacing of roadways, construction of drainage facilities and all underground utilities included in the preliminary plat. (Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.140 Completion or bond.

Site improvements shall be completed prior to approval of the final plat or a performance bond shall be furnished guaranteeing such completion within one year from date of acceptance of the plat. (Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.150 Performance bond.

Performance bond shall be drawn in favor of the city in the amount specified by the city engineer, or in lieu of a bond an equal sum in cash, certified check or government bonds may be deposited with the city treasurer. If money is received, it shall be held in escrow pending the satisfactory completion of the required work. The city engineer may authorize the release of portions of this money to the subdivider in accordance with a prearranged progress schedule. When all right-of-way improvements have been completed, and all monuments properly placed according to the required city standards, and have been approved by the city engineer, the road bond or balance of money held in escrow shall be released to the subdivider. (Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

Article IV. Final Plat

17.08.160 Submittal.

On completion of site improvements to the satisfaction of the city engineer, or upon delivery of performance bond in lieu thereof, the final plat shall be submitted to the hearing examiner accompanied by the following:

A. Filing Fees. A check payable to the King County auditor in an amount to be determined by the county auditor in accordance with the laws of Washington.

B. Deposit to cover costs of checking, equal to the estimated cost of checking the plat as determined by the city engineer. Deposit shall be made with the city clerk to be credited to the appropriate fund. All work done by the city engineer shall be charged to such deposit. Any excess remaining after deduction of cost of checking shall be returned to the plattor; if checking costs exceed the amount deposited, the plattor shall pay the difference.

C. A certificate of title from a reputable title insurance company giving the legal description and showing the title and interest of all parties to the plat or dedication. The certificate shall be dated not to exceed 30 days prior to submission of the final plat.

D. A certificate by the county treasurer, showing that the taxes have been paid in accordance with RCW 58.08.030 and 58.08.040, and that deposit has been made to the county treasurer for the taxes for the following year. Also, a certificate by the county treasurer showing that all taxes and assessments levied and chargeable against the property in the plat, replat or subdivision have been made in accordance with RCW 58.08.030.

E. Such other information as may be necessary to expeditiously implement the requirement of this title. (Ord. 836 § 10, 2000; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.170 Preparation generally.

After approval of the preliminary plat by the hearing examiner and the fulfillment of the requirements of these regulations and any other requirements specified by the hearing examiner, one tracing of the final plat shall be prepared to be filed for record. (Ord. 836 § 11, 2000; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.180 Drawing and index sheet.

Final plat shall be drawn with India ink on the best grade of tracing cloth, 18 inches by 22 inches in size, allowing a one-half-inch border. If more than one sheet is required, each sheet, including the index sheet shall be of the size specified in this section. The index sheet must show the entire subdivision, with street and highway names and block numbers. (Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.190 Identification and description.

The final plat shall include the following:

A. Name of subdivision;

B. Location by section, township and range, or by other legal description;

C. The name and seal of the registered land surveyor;

D. Scale (same as preliminary plat) shown graphically, date and northpoint. The scale of the final plat shall be such that all distances and bearings can be clearly and legibly shown thereon in their proper proportions. Plats unduly cramped and on which essential data cannot be clearly read will not be approved. (Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.200 Delineation.

The final plat shall include the following:

A. Boundary of the plat, based on an accurate traverse with angular and lineal dimensions;

B. Exact location, width, and name of all streets within and adjoining the plat, and the exact location and widths of all alleys, walkways, and crosswalkways. The name of a street shall not duplicate that of any existing street in the city, and shall be generally consistent with the practice of King County;

C. True courses and distances to the nearest established street lines or official monuments which shall accurately describe the location of the plat;

D. Municipal, township, county or section lines accurately tied to the lines of the subdivision by distances and courses;

E. Radii, internal angles, points of curvature, tangent bearings and lengths of all arcs;

F. All easements for rights-of-way provided for public services or utilities;

G. All lot and block numbers and lines, with accurate dimensions in feet and hundredths. Blocks in numbered additions to subdivisions bearing the same name may be numbered or lettered consecutively through the several additions;

H. Accurate location of all monuments, which shall be concrete, four inches by four inches at top, six inches by six inches at bottom, and 24 inches long, with metal marker cast in the center. One such monument shall be placed at each street intersection, and at locations to complete a continuous line of sight and at such other locations as required by the city engineer;

I. All plat meander lines or reference lines along bodies of water, established above the high-water line of such water;

J. Accurate outlines and legal description of any areas to be dedicated or reserved for public use, with the purposes indicated thereon and in the dedication, and of any area to be reserved by deed covenant for common uses of all property owners;

K. Building setback lines accurately shown with dimensions. (Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)

17.08.210 Descriptions, dedications and certificates.

The final plat shall include the following:

A. A description of property platted which shall be the same as that recorded in preceding transfer of said property or that portion of the transfer covered by plat. Should this description be cumbersome and not technically correct, a true and exact description shall be shown upon the plat, together with original description. The correct description shall follow: “The intent of all above description is to embrace all the following described property;”

B. Dedication with notarized acknowledgement, by owner or owners, of the adoption of the plat and the dedication of streets and other public areas. In case of corporation, proper acknowledgement shall be used;

C. Restrictions;

D. Certification by registered land surveyor to the effect that the plat represents a survey made by him and that the monuments shown thereon exist as located and that all dimensional and geodetic details are correct;

E. Proper forms for the approvals of the city engineer, the hearing examiner, the city, and the county treasurer with space for signatures;

F. Approval by signature of the county auditor, as to filing for record;

G. All signatures shall be in India ink or other ink of equal density. No interlineations will be permitted. (Ord. 836 § 12, 2000; Ord. 337 § 8, 1984)