Chapter 21.03


21.03.010    Roles and responsibilities.

21.03.020    Director of community development.

21.03.030    City council.

21.03.040    Planning commission.

21.03.050    Design review board.

21.03.060    Hearing examiner.

21.03.010 Roles and responsibilities.

A. The regulation of land development is a cooperative activity including many different elected and appointed boards and city staff. The specific responsibilities of these bodies are set forth in this chapter.

B. A developer is expected to read and understand the city development code and be prepared to fulfill the obligations placed on the developer by the LMC. [Ord. 1088 § 2 (Exh. A), 1998.]

21.03.020 Director of community development.

The director shall review and act on the following:

A. Authority. The director is responsible for the administration of LMC Titles 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 21 and associated RCWs and WACs.

B. Administrative Interpretation. Upon request or as determined necessary, the director shall interpret the meaning or application of the provisions of said titles and issue a written administrative interpretation within 30 days. Requests for interpretation shall be written and shall concisely identify the issue and desired interpretation.

C. Administrative Decisions. Administrative decisions are set forth in LMC 21.09.030 and 21.09.040. [Ord. 1088 § 2 (Exh. A), 1998.]

21.03.030 City council.

The city council shall review and act on the following subjects:

A. Recommendations of the planning commission;

B. Hearing examiner decisions for zoning map amendments, which are not of general applicability, consistent with LMC 21.35.030.

C. Appeals of the hearing examiner, consistent with LMC 21.11.020. [Ord. 1596 § 1 (Att. A), 2019; Ord. 1088 § 2 (Exh. A), 1998.]

21.03.040 Planning commission.

The planning commission shall review and make recommendations to the city council on the following issues:

A. Amendments to the comprehensive plan;

B. Amendments to the subdivision code, LMC Title 17;

C. Amendments to the zoning code, LMC Title 18, including changes to the official zoning map, which are of general applicability;

D. Amendments to the environment code, LMC Title 16, except to the SEPA procedures code, Chapter 16.04 LMC;

E. Other actions as requested or remanded by the city council. [Ord. 1088 § 2 (Exh. A), 1998.]

21.03.050 Design review board.

The design review board shall review and make decisions on the following applications:

A. Applications for sign permits pursuant to Chapter 14.10 LMC;

B. Applications for compliance with the “Old World Bavarian” architectural theme pursuant to Chapter 14.08 LMC;

C. Applications for site plan reviews pursuant to Chapter 18.22 LMC;

D. Other actions as requested or remanded by the city council; and

E. Applications for design permits for wireless telecommunications facilities (WF), pursuant to Chapters 18.74 and 14.08 LMC, as amended. [Ord. 1205 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1088 § 2 (Exh. A), 1998.]

21.03.060 Hearing examiner.

The hearing examiner shall review and make decisions on the following applications:

A. Preliminary plats;

B. Planned developments;

C. Rezones which are not of general applicability;

D. Applications for shoreline variances, conditional use permits and nonconforming use permits pursuant to the Shoreline Management Act and the Leavenworth shoreline master program;

E. Applications for variances and conditional use permits;

F. Amendments and/or alterations to plats;

G. Petitions for plat vacations;

H. Appeals alleging an error in a decision of a city official in the interpretation or the enforcement of the zoning code or any other development regulation;

I. Appeals alleging an error in a decision of a city official in taking an action on a short plat or binding site plan;

J. Appeals alleging an error in administrative decisions or determinations pursuant to Chapter 43.21C RCW;

K. Appeals alleging an error in a decision of the Leavenworth design review board;

L. Any other matters as specifically assigned to the hearing examiner by the city council or as prescribed by the city code. [Ord. 1475 § 1 (Att. A), 2014; Ord. 1423 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 1088 § 2 (Exh. A), 1998.]