Chapter 18H.10


18H.10.010    Title.

18H.10.020    Purpose.

18H.10.030    Applicability.

18H.10.040    Relationship to Chapter 76.09 RCW.

18H.10.055    Compliance with Other Codes.

18H.10.060    Reconsideration and Appeals.

18H.10.070    Fees.

18H.10.080    Compliance.

18H.10.090    Liability of the County.

18H.10.100    Severability.

18H.10.010 Title.

This Title shall be officially cited as Title 18H PCC, Development Regulations – Forest Practices. (Ord. 2012-2s § 7 (part), 2012; Ord. 2004-58s § 5 (part), 2004)

18H.10.020 Purpose.

This Title establishes the minimum standards and requirements associated with local government review and jurisdiction over Forest Practices and conversion option harvest plans and establishes local procedures for forest practice related development moratoria in accordance with Chapter 76.09 RCW (Washington State Forest Practices Act.) (Ord. 2013-45s4 § 5 (part), 2015; Ord. 2012-2s § 7 (part), 2012; Ord. 2004-58s § 5 (part), 2005)

18H.10.030 Applicability.

This Title applies to all lands within unincorporated Pierce County. Unless the requirements of this Title are met, Pierce County shall not grant any approval or permission to alter the condition of any land or vegetation or to construct any structure or improvement regulated through the following: building permit, commercial or residential; binding site plan; site development permit; short subdivision; use permit; planned development district approval; subdivision; large lot division; forest practice approval pursuant to RCW 76.09; or any subsequently adopted permit or required approval not expressly exempted by this Title. (Ord. 2004-58s § 5 (part), 2004)

18H.10.040 Relationship to Chapter 76.09 RCW.

A.    This Title is directly related to specific subsections in Chapter 76.09 RCW and its rules that refer to Class IV forest practices, conversion option harvest plans, conversion of land to a non-forestry use, and forest practice related development moratoria. The application of this Title to forest practice activities regulated by Chapter 76.09 RCW shall be limited to:

1.    Class IV-General forest practices;

2.    Class II, III, and IV-Special forest practices where the landowner elects to be processed as a conversion option harvest plan (COHP);

3.    Class I forest practices within urban growth areas (UGAs) that involve timber harvesting or road construction;

4.    Class I forest practices outside UGAs on lands which have been or are in the process of being converted to a non-forestry use; and

5.    Imposition and removal of development moratoria pursuant to RCW 76.09.060.

6.    Definitions in Chapter 76.09 RCW are adopted by reference.

B.    This Title establishes the minimum standards necessary for local review and approval of Class IV-General forest practices, COHP, and Class I forest practices.

C.    The provisions of this Title provide the criteria for the establishment or removal of development moratoria and exceptions for single-family dwellings located on lands subject to a development moratorium.

D.    All forest practice approvals and associated development moratoria issued by Pierce County pursuant to RCW 76.09.060 shall comply with this Title.

(Ord. 2017-89s § 5 (part), 2018; Ord. 2009-18s3 § 6 (part), 2009; Ord. 2004-58s § 5 (part), 2004)

18H.10.055 Compliance With Other Codes.

An application filed pursuant to this Title shall also comply with the following Titles of the Pierce County Code, as now existing or hereafter amended:

A.    Title 18, Development Regulations – General Provisions;

B.    Title 18A, Development Regulations – Zoning;

C.    Title 17A, Construction and Infrastructure Regulations – Site Development and Stormwater Drainage;

D.    Title 18D, Development Regulations – Environmental;

E.    Title 18E, Development Regulations – Critical Areas;

F.    Title 18F, Development Regulations – Land Divisions and Boundary Changes;

G.    Title 18J, Development Regulations – Design Standards and Guidelines;

H.    Title 19A, Comprehensive Plan; and

I.    Title 18S PCC, Development Policies and Regulations – Shorelines.

(Ord. 2013-45s4 § 5 (part), 2015; Ord. 2010-70s § 14 (part), 2010; Ord. 2009-18s3 § 6 (part), 2009)

18H.10.060 Reconsideration and Appeals.

Procedures for appeal of any administrative decision and procedures for reconsideration or appeal of a Hearing Examiner decision issued pursuant to this Title are set forth in Chapter 1.22 PCC. (Ord. 2004-58s § 5 (part), 2004)

18H.10.070 Fees.

Fees for applications and/or reviews of reports or studies filed pursuant to this Title are set forth in Chapter 2.05 PCC. (Ord. 2004-58s § 5 (part), 2004)

18H.10.080 Compliance.

The regulations for compliance with the provisions of this Title are set forth in Chapter 18.140 PCC, Compliance. (Ord. 2004-58s § 5 (part), 2004)

18H.10.090 Liability of the County.

Nothing in this Chapter shall be deemed to impose any liability upon the County or upon any of its officers or employees, or to relieve the owner or occupant of any private property from the duty to keep in safe and healthy condition the trees upon their property. (Ord. 2017-89s § 5 (part), 2018; Ord. 2004-58s § 5 (part), 2004)

18H.10.100 Severability.

If any provision of this Title is held invalid, the remainder of this Title or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected. (Ord. 2004-58s § 5 (part), 2004)