Chapter 19.60


19.60.010    Purpose.

19.60.020    Scope.

19.60.030    Procedure.

19.60.040    Approval criteria.

19.60.050    Application.

19.60.060    Review procedures.

19.60.070    Requirements for recording.

19.60.080    Expiration.

19.60.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to specify the circumstances, conditions and the process by which contiguous parcels may be combined or consolidated into larger parcels for ownership, development or redevelopment. (Ord. 2463 § 14, 2003)

19.60.020 Scope.

The combination of two or more contiguous parcels can only be accomplished under the provisions of this chapter except as provided under RCW 58.17.040. Contiguous parcels may be combined for purposes of ownership, development or redevelopment. These provisions do not apply to combination or consolidation of tax parcels for taxing purposes only as approved by the county assessor. Parcel combinations are distinguished from boundary line adjustments which retain portions of the original parcels as separate lots or tracts, or short plats, subdivisions or replats, which result in the creation of more than one parcel, lot or tract.

A. Circumstances under which contiguous parcels would be required to be combined as a condition of city development plan approval are as follows:

1. When an existing or proposed structure extends over a property line;

2. When contiguous parcels share common facilities including but not limited to access, parking, utilities, open space, landscaping, signage, etc., for which no easements or other legal instruments exist to ensure continuous ownership, use and maintenance of such facilities;

3. When a parcel proposed for development contains insufficient area dimensions or frontage on a public street, to meet the minimum area, dimensions or other city requirements, and is contiguous to one or more parcels of the same ownership, and cannot be made to comply with city requirements by application of a boundary line adjustment.

B. Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit a property owner from combining multiple contiguous parcels under single ownership provided the combination is performed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 2463 § 14, 2003)

19.60.030 Procedure.

The development and business services director or designee shall approve a proposed lot combination only upon finding that the standards of this chapter have been satisfied. (Ord. 3399 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 2463 § 14, 2003)

19.60.040 Approval criteria.

Lot combinations shall not be approved, if approval would result in one or more of the following:

A. 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 dimension as set forth in the land use code and regulations;

B. 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;

C. Diminish any easement or deprive any parcel of access of utilities, unless alternate easements, access or utilities can be satisfactorily provided;

D. Replat or vacate a plat or short subdivision;

E. Amend the conditions of approval for previously platted property;

F. Includes property currently not annexed to the city; or

G. Extends or increases the use of city utilities previously granted under an approved pre-annexation utility extension agreement. (Ord. 2463 § 14, 2003)

19.60.050 Application.

Applications for lot combinations shall be submitted on forms provided by the city of Lynnwood development and business services department. The completed application shall be submitted to the development and business services department, and shall include the information specified in LMC 19.55.040 and any other information as may be required by the Snohomish County auditor as a condition of recording. (Ord. 3399 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 2463 § 14, 2003)

19.60.060 Review procedures.

The development and business services department shall not be considered to be in receipt of a complete application unless and until the applicant meets the requirements of LMC 19.55.050 and shall be subject to the following:

A. Prior to approval, a proposed lot combination or consolidation shall be reviewed by the public works director and development and business services director or their designees;

B. The development and business services director or designee, with the concurrence of the public works director or designee, shall approve the proposed lot combination or consolidation only upon finding that the standards of this chapter have been satisfied; and

C. The approval of the lot combination or consolidation shall not be a guarantee that future permits will be granted for any structure or development within a lot affected by the combination or consolidation. (Ord. 3399 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 2463 § 14, 2003)

19.60.070 Requirements for recording.

All approved lot combinations or consolidations shall be recorded with the Snohomish County auditor following approval by the city. (Ord. 2463 § 14, 2003)

19.60.080 Expiration.

An approved lot combination or consolidation shall be recorded within 60 days of city approval, or the lot combination or consolidation shall be invalid. (Ord. 2463 § 14, 2003)