Chapter 18.16


18.16.010    Initial SEPA analysis.

18.16.020    Categorical exemptions.

18.16.010 Initial SEPA analysis.

A.    The city shall review project permit applications under the requirements of RCW 43.21C, the State Environmental Policy Act (“SEPA”); Washington Administrative Code 197-11, the SEPA rules; and the city SEPA ordinance and shall:

1.    Determine whether the applicable regulations require studies that adequately analyze all of the project permit application’s specific probable environmental impacts;

2.    Determine if the applicable regulations require measures that adequately address such environmental impacts;

3.    Determine whether additional studies are required and/or whether the project permit application shall be conditioned with additional mitigation measures;

4.    Provide prompt and coordinated review by government agencies and the public on compliance with applicable environmental laws and plans, including mitigation for specific project impacts that have not been considered and addressed at the plan or development regulation level.

B.    In its review of a project permit application, the city may determine that the requirements for environmental analysis, protection and mitigation measures in the applicable development regulations, comprehensive plan and/or in other applicable local, state or federal laws provide adequate analysis of and mitigation for the specific adverse environmental impacts of the application.

C.    In accordance with SEPA rules, WAC 197-11-172, if the city adopts a planned actions ordinance, then this title and the comprehensive plan, development regulations or other applicable local, state or federal law may be deemed to provide adequate analysis of and mitigation for the specific adverse environmental impacts of an application when the impacts have been avoided or otherwise mitigated.

D.    In its decision whether a specific adverse environmental impact has been addressed by an existing rule or law of another agency with jurisdiction with environmental expertise with regard to a specific environmental impact, the city shall consult orally or in writing with that agency and may expressly defer to that agency. In making this deferral, the city shall base or condition its project approval on compliance with these other existing rules or laws.

E.    Nothing in this section limits the authority of the city in its review or mitigation of a project to adopt or otherwise rely on environmental analyses and requirements under other laws as provided by RCW 43.21C.

(Ord. 98-568 § 4.1, 1998)

18.16.020 Categorical exemptions.

Actions categorically exempt under RCW 43.21C.110 (1)(a) do not require environmental review or the preparation of an environmental impact statement. An action that is categorically exempt under the rules adopted by the Department of Ecology (WAC 197-11) may not be conditioned or denied under SEPA, unless the city is considering the cumulative effects of otherwise exempt actions. (Ord. 98-568 § 4.2, 1998)