Chapter 18F.30


18F.30.010    Purpose.

18F.30.020    Applicability.

18F.30.030    Requirements for Recorded Documents.

18F.30.040    Improvements.

18F.30.010 Purpose.

The purpose of Chapter 18F.30 PCC is to provide standards and criteria for dedications and improvements in any land division action regulated under Title 18F.30 PCC. (Ord. 2013-85 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 2013-30s2 § 7 (part), 2013; Ord. 2005-11s2 § 1 (part), 2005)

18F.30.020 Applicability.

The provisions of Chapter 18F.30 PCC apply to divisions of land as defined in Title 18F.30 PCC. (Ord. 2013-85 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 2013-30s2 § 7 (part), 2013; Ord. 2005-11s2 § 1 (part), 2005)

18F.30.030 Requirements for Recorded Documents.

A.    Legal Description. Every land division action filed for record must contain a certificate giving a full and correct description of the lands divided as they appear on the plat or land division action.

B.    Free Consent, Dedication, Donation, and Waiver of Signatures.

1.    Every land division action must be accompanied by a title certificate confirming that the title of the land described is in the name of the owner(s) signing the land division action.

2.    Every land division action shall include a statement that the land division action has been made with the free consent and in accordance with the desires of the owner(s).

3.    Every land division filed for record shall include the dedication of all streets and other areas to the public and, if applicable, the donation to individual or individuals, religious society or societies, or to any corporation, public or private. Any dedication or donation shall be considered for all intents and purposes as a quit claim deed to the said done or donees, grantee or grantees or his, her or their use for the purpose intended by the donors or grantors.

4.    A waiver of all claims for damages against Pierce County which may be occasioned to the adjacent land by the established construction, drainage and maintenance of said road shall also be stated on the plat map.

C.    An offer of dedication may include a waiver of right of direct access to any street from any property, and if the dedication is accepted, any such waiver is effective. Such waiver may be required by local authorities as a condition of approval. Roads not dedicated to the public must be clearly marked on the face of the plat or land division action as private.

D.    Tracts created by a land division action shall be owned in undivided interests by the owners of each numbered lot, and shall be an appurtenance to each numbered lot, unless the Examiner makes specific conditions for alternative ownership as a condition of approval. For tax purposes only, in case of default for nonpayment of taxes or assessments, each lot is assessed for unpaid fees.

E.    Dedications of stormwater improvements and roads and bridges shall be made in conformance with Title 17A PCC, Construction and Infrastructure Regulations – Site Development and Stormwater Drainage and Title 17B PCC, Construction and Infrastructure Regulations – Road and Bridge Design and Construction Standards. All dedications shall be clearly and precisely indicated on the face of the plat or land division action, as approved by the County.

(Ord. 2013-85 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 2013-30s2 § 7 (part), 2013; Ord. 2005-11s2 § 1 (part), 2005)

18F.30.040 Improvements.

A.    General Requirements.

1.    Improvements such as structures, roads, sewers, drainage facilities, Low Impact Development (LID) facilities, and water systems shall be designed and certified by a professional engineer and be in conformance with applicable County and state codes and regulations. Prior to construction or installation, all improvement design plans shall be approved by the appropriate County department.

2.    Final approval of any proposed land division action will not be granted until the required improvements have been made. In lieu of the completion of the actual construction or installation of any required improvements prior to final land division approval, the County may accept a bond, in an amount and with surety and conditions satisfactory to it, or other secure method, providing for and securing to the County the actual construction and installation of such improvements within a period specified by the County and expressed in the bonds. In addition, the County may allow the posting of security, including the posting of a bond securing to the County the successful operation of improvements for an appropriate period up to two years after final approval.

B.    Names, Numbers and Addresses. In order to promote an orderly and coherent street and property location system, names and numbers in all land divisions shall be assigned in accordance with the procedures and guidelines established herein.

1.    Subdivision Names and Numbers. Subdivision or Binding Site Plan names shall be chosen by the applicant subject to approval by PPW. PPW shall approve the proposed name if it is reasonably distinguishable from previously established subdivision names. The legal identification of short plats and large lots, if any, shall be referred to by the Auditor's Fee Number (AFN) assigned by the Auditor at the time of recording. Lot numbers shall be proposed by the applicant and shall be approved by PPW.

2.    Street Names and Numbers. All public and private roads established by subdivision, short subdivision, large lot division, or Binding Site Plan shall have street names or numbers assigned and clearly shown on the plat prior to approval and recording. Street names and numbers shall be assigned by PPW. Private roads shall be clearly labeled on the face of the plat.

3.    Addresses. In accordance with RCW 58.17.280, lot addresses shall be assigned and shown on the final land division map.

C.    Bonds and Financial Guarantees.

1.    Pierce County shall require an applicant to submit the appropriate bond or financial guarantee, performance, reclamation, construction, final survey and staking, temporary road approach guarantees, and guarantees for parks, landscaping, fences or other urban amenities, to the County to guarantee any required improvements, mitigation, or monitoring required as a condition of approval of any land division action.

2.    At a minimum, the guarantee requirements contained in Title 17A PCC, Construction and Infrastructure Regulations – Site Development and Stormwater Drainage shall be followed.

3.    When any other Pierce County Code or regulation contains additional requirements for bonds or financial guarantees, then the most restrictive regulations shall be applied.

4.    Bonds or financial guarantees for all Department or Examiner requirements, such as parks, landscaping, fences, and other amenities, shall be accepted for a maximum of 24 months from the effective date of the recorded land division map or Binding Site Plan.

(Ord. 2018-68s § 5 (part), 2018; Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2013-85 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 2013-30s2 § 7 (part), 2013; Ord. 2005-11s2 § 1 (part), 2005)