Chapter 18.25


18.25.010    Title.

18.25.020    Purpose.

18.25.030    Scope.

18.25.040    Sign size, number, and placement.

18.25.050    Content of notice.

18.25.060    Sign design and construction standards.

18.25.070    Responsibility for installation and removal.

18.25.010 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the “Major Land Use Action Public Notification Sign Ordinance of the City of Mountlake Terrace.” (Ord. 2481 § 47, 2008; Ord. 1886 § 1, 1990).

18.25.020 Purpose.

The intent and purpose of this chapter is to establish requirements for the proponents of certain types of major land use proposals to provide additional public notice signs to supplement the City’s normal public hearing postings. (Ord. 2481 § 47, 2008; Ord. 1886 § 2, 1990).

18.25.030 Scope.

The following major land use applications shall require supplemental public notification as provided in this chapter:

A. Preliminary plats of over 10 lots.

B. Rezones.

C. Comprehensive Plan amendments.

D. Shoreline management substantial development permits.

E. Site development plans for projects containing more than 50 dwelling units, or 50,000 square feet of gross floor area for nonresidential projects.

F. Type A essential public facilities. (Ord. 2481 § 47, 2008; Ord. 2342 § 8, 2003).

18.25.040 Sign size, number, and placement.

A. Each sign shall be four feet by eight feet in size.

B. One sign shall be placed every 300 feet along each public street frontage of the subject property, a minimum of five feet from the right-of-way, outside the sight distance triangle and clearly visible from the street. The City’s Department of Community Development shall approve the location of each sign. (Ord. 2481 § 47, 2008; Ord. 1886 § 4, 1990).

18.25.050 Content of notice.

Signs shall be prepared using templates, stencils or attachable letters. Hand-lettered signs are not acceptable. The required sign shall include:

A. The title: “Notice of Land Use Application.”

B. A graphic or written description of the site boundaries.

C. Type of action/application (e.g., preliminary plat, rezone, etc.).

D. Space for a legal posting stating the date, time and place of the scheduled public hearing(s), if applicable, including a plastic or other weather-resistant pocket sufficient to contain 10 removable copies of the legal notice for residents desiring a copy of same.

E. The name and telephone number of the Community Development Department.

F. The City of Mountlake Terrace logo.

G. A brief description of the proposal.

H. The name and address of the applicant.

I. Other information as the Community Development Director may determine to be necessary to adequately notify the public of the pending land use application. (Ord. 2481 § 47, 2008; Ord. 1886 § 5, 1990).

18.25.060 Sign design and construction standards.

A. The signs shall be designed and constructed to City standards as specified by the Community Development Department.

B. The Community Development Department is authorized to develop the standards for design, construction and installation of the public notice signs. (Ord. 2481 § 47, 2008; Ord. 1886 § 6, 1990).

18.25.070 Responsibility for installation and removal.

A. The applicant shall be solely responsible for the sign preparation, construction, installation, removal and all associated costs.

B. The sign(s) must be erected at least 10 days prior to any public hearing on the application. If no public hearing is required, use sign must be erected within 10 business days of an application being submitted. The applicant shall submit a sign installation plan to the Community Development Department and obtain approval prior to erecting the sign(s). The applicant shall submit a signed affidavit stating that the sign(s) were properly installed and the date this was completed.

C. The sign(s) shall be removed within five days after final action by the City on the land use application.

D. If the sign is removed, for any reason, prior to the City’s final action on the proposal, the applicant is responsible for immediate replacement of the sign. Failure to replace the sign within 24 hours of being notified by the City that the sign is missing may result in the rescheduling of the public hearing, additional assessment of notification fees and delay of a decision. (Ord. 2481 § 47, 2008; Ord. 1886 § 7, 1990).