Chapter 19.55
BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT

Sections:

19.55.010    Purpose.

19.55.020    Scope.

19.55.030    Approval authority.

19.55.040    Survey and preparation of boundary line adjustment.

19.55.050    Application.

19.55.060    Review procedure.

19.55.070    Recording.

19.55.080    Expiration.

19.55.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to delineate procedures and criteria used to review boundary line adjustments for minor or insignificant changes in property lines. A boundary line adjustment is intended to apply to minor boundary changes, to correct a controversy regarding the location of a boundary line, to remedy adverse topographical features. A boundary line adjustment does not apply to boundary changes that would directly result in increased development or density otherwise regulated by applicable land use codes and regulations, or to actions requiring replat, amendment, alteration, or vacation of a plat or short subdivision. The adjustment must be consistent with any applicable health, building or similar regulations. This chapter is also intended to ensure compliance with the Survey Recording Act, Chapter 58.09 RCW and Chapter 332-130 WAC. (Ord. 2463 § 13, 2003)

19.55.020 Scope.

The boundary lines separating two or more contiguous lots of record may be adjusted under the provisions of this chapter except as provided under RCW 58.17.040. Actions which change or impair conditions or requirements imposed by previous platting decisions must be accomplished pursuant to the subdivision regulations. (Ord. 2463 § 13, 2003)

19.55.030 Approval authority.

The development and business services director or designee shall approve a proposed boundary line adjustment only upon finding that the standards of this chapter have been satisfied. A boundary line adjustment shall not:

A. Create any additional lot, tract, parcel, site or division;

B. Result in a lot, tract, parcel, site or division which contains increased density or insufficient area or dimension to meet the minimum requirements for area and dimensions as set forth in the zoning code and building codes and regulations. This provision shall not be construed to require correction or remedy of preexisting nonconformities or substandard conditions;

C. Diminish or impair drainage, water supply, existing sanitary sewage disposal, and access or easement for vehicles, utilities, and fire protection for any lot, tract, parcel, site or division;

D. Create or diminish any easement or deprive any parcel of access or utilities;

E. Increase the nonconforming aspects of any existing nonconforming lot relative to the zoning and land use regulations;

F. Replat, amend, or vacate a plat or short subdivision; or

G. Amend the conditions of approval for previously platted property. (Ord. 3399 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 2463 § 13, 2003)

19.55.040 Survey and preparation of boundary line adjustment.

Applications for boundary line adjustments shall be submitted on forms provided by the city of Lynnwood development and business services department, and include a map prepared by a licensed surveyor with the following information:

A. All existing and proposed property lines;

B. Existing structures and setbacks from proposed property lines;

C. Legal descriptions of existing lots and proposed lots;

D. Existing easements;

E. Survey calculations; and

F. Any other information as may be required by the Snohomish County auditor as condition of recording. (Ord. 3399 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 2463 § 13, 2003)

19.55.050 Application.

Applications for boundary line adjustments shall be made on forms provided by and submitted to the development and business services department. (Ord. 3399 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 2463 § 13, 2003)

19.55.060 Review procedure.

A. A complete application for a boundary line adjustment shall be reviewed and action taken on within 90 working days of complete application submittal. The department shall not be considered to be in receipt of a complete application unless and until such time as the applicant meets the requirements of LMC 19.55.040.

B. Prior to approval, a proposed boundary line adjustment shall be reviewed by the public works director and the development and business services director or their designees.

C. The development and business services director or designee shall approve a proposed boundary line adjustment only upon finding that the standards of this chapter have been satisfied.

D. The approval of a boundary line adjustment shall not be a guarantee that future permits will be granted for any structure or development within a lot affected by the boundary line adjustment. (Ord. 3399 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 2463 § 13, 2003)

19.55.070 Recording.

All approved boundary line adjustments shall be recorded with the Snohomish County auditor upon approval by the Snohomish County treasurer’s office and the city of Lynnwood development and business services director or designee. (Ord. 3399 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 2463 § 13, 2003)

19.55.080 Expiration.

If the record of survey and required deeds of conveyance have not been recorded with 60 days of approval, the boundary line adjustment shall be null and void. (Ord. 2463 § 13, 2003)