Chapter 18.16
FULL SUBDIVISIONS

Sections:

18.16.010    Purpose.

18.16.020    Scope.

18.16.030    Application submittal and contents.

18.16.040    Preliminary plat – Preparation.

18.16.050    Preliminary plat – Contents.

18.16.060    Approval criteria.

18.16.070    Preliminary plat review process.

18.16.080    Preliminary plat approval – Phased development.

18.16.090    Modifications to an approved preliminary plat.

18.16.100    Improvement method report.

18.16.110    Public works director’s certificate of improvements.

18.16.120    Preparation of a final plat.

18.16.130    Accompanying documents – Final plat.

18.16.140    Final plat application.

18.16.150    Time limitation on final plat submittal.

18.16.160    Effect of an approved final plat – Valid land use.

18.16.170    Distribution of copies and filing of final plat.

18.16.180    Transfer of ownership following final plat approval.

18.16.190    Building and occupancy permits – Issuance after final plat approval.

18.16.010 Purpose.

The procedures regulating full subdivisions are established to promote orderly and efficient division of land into 10 or more lots and to comply with the provisions of Chapter 58.17 RCW and all applicable codes and ordinances, as adopted by the city of Port Townsend. (Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.020 Scope.

Full subdivisions, as processed under this chapter, shall include all divisions of land into 10 or more lots, and shall require improvements so that any development will be in compliance with city of Port Townsend zoning code (PTMC Title 17), and any other codes or ordinances which may apply. (Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.030 Application submittal and contents.

To be considered complete, the application for a full subdivision shall include the following:

A. The application for approval of a full subdivision shall be submitted to DSD on forms to be provided by the department along with the appropriate fees established by Chapter 20.09 PTMC;

B. A completed land use permit application form, including all materials required pursuant to PTMC 20.01.100, and including any application submittal requirements under Chapter 19.05 PTMC, Critical Areas;

C. The area and dimensions of each proposed lot or parcel to accurately show that each lot or parcel contains sufficient area to satisfy minimum zoning and health requirements. The area of land contained in access easements, access panhandles or pipestem configurations shall not be included in the lot size computations;

D. Five paper copies of a preliminary plat meeting the standards and requirements of PTMC 18.16.040 and 18.16.050;

E. Where site conditions require geotechnical analysis to assess or address any probable significant adverse environmental impacts, including environmentally sensitive area conditions, a geotechnical report or study prepared by a competent geologist or geological engineer or other similar professional may be required if deemed necessary by the public works director or the director;

F. The applicant shall submit a stormwater drainage plan in conformance with the requirements of Chapter 13.32 PTMC, including any soil test information as may be deemed necessary by the public works director; and

G. The applicant shall state the estimated quantities of any fill to be exported from the site and imported to the site. (Ord. 2892 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.040 Preliminary plat – Preparation.

The preliminary plat shall be prepared in accordance with the following requirements:

A. The preliminary plat shall be prepared by a Washington State licensed engineer or land surveyor registered or licensed by the state of Washington. The preparer shall certify on the plat that it is a true and correct representation of the lands actually surveyed. The preparation of the plat shall comply with the Survey Recording Act, Chapter 58.09 RCW and Chapter 332-130 WAC as now adopted or hereafter amended. Upon surveying the property, the surveyor shall place temporary stakes on the property to enable the city to locate and appraise features of the short plat in the field. The datum to be used for all surveying and mapping shall be as follows: The projection name is the state plane; the projection spheroid is GRS 1980; the coordinate system is the Washington State Plane North Zone; and the horizontal datum is NAD 83.

B. All geographic information portrayed by the preliminary plat shall be accurate, legible and drawn to a horizontal scale of 50 feet or fewer to the inch, except that the location sketch and typical street cross-sections may be drawn to any other appropriate scale.

C. A preliminary plat shall be 18 inches by 24 inches in size, allowing one-half-inch borders, and if more than one sheet is needed, each sheet shall be numbered consecutively and an index sheet showing the entire property and orienting the other sheets, at any appropriate scale, shall be provided. In addition to other map submittals, the applicant shall submit one copy of each sheet reduced to 8-1/2 inches by 11-1/2 inches in size. If more than one sheet is required, an index sheet showing the entire subdivision with street and highway names and block numbers (if any) shall be provided. Each sheet, including the index sheet, shall be of the above specified size.

D. The area of each proposed lot or parcel depicted on the preliminary plat map shall accurately show that each lot or parcel contains sufficient area to satisfy minimum zoning and health requirements. The area of land contained in access easements, access panhandles or pipe-stem configurations shall not be included in the lot size computations. (Ord. 2982 § 11, 2008; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.050 Preliminary plat – Contents.

A. A preliminary plat shall be submitted on one or more sheets and shall provide the following information. All specifications for public improvements shall conform with the engineering design standards:

1. The name of the proposed subdivision together with the words “Preliminary Plat”;

2. The name and address of the applicant;

3. The name, address, stamp and signature of the professional engineer or professional land surveyor who prepared the preliminary plat;

4. Numeric scale (50 feet or fewer to the inch), graphic scale, true north point, and date of preparation;

5. Identification of all land, trees, and tree canopy intended to be cleared; the trees or tree canopy intended to be preserved per PTMC 19.06.120, Tree conservation standards; and the location of the proposed access to the site for clearing and grading during site development and construction; and

6. A form for the endorsement of the director of DSD, as follows:

APPROVED BY CITY OF PORT TOWNSEND

_____________________

_______

Development Services Department Director

Date

B. The preliminary plat shall contain a vicinity sketch sufficient to define the location and boundaries of the proposed subdivision with respect to surrounding property, streets, and other major manmade and natural features.

C. Except as otherwise specified in this chapter, the preliminary plat shall contain the following existing geographic features, drawn lightly in relation to proposed geographic features:

1. The boundaries of the property to be subdivided, and the boundaries of any adjacent property under the same ownership as the land to be subdivided, to be indicated by bold lines;

2. The names of all adjoining property owners, or names of adjoining developers;

3. All existing property lines lying within the proposed subdivision, including lot lines for lots of record which are to be vacated, and all existing property lines for any property lying within 200 feet of the subject property which is under the same ownership as the property to be subdivided (as described in PTMC 18.12.030(C)) shall be shown in broken lines;

4. The location, right-of-way widths, pavement widths and names of all existing or platted streets, whether public or private, and other public ways within 200 feet of the property to be subdivided;

5. The location, widths and purposes of any existing easements lying within or adjacent to the proposed subdivision;

6. The location, size and invert elevations of sanitary sewer lines and stormwater management facilities lying within or adjacent to the proposed subdivision or those which will be connected to as part of the proposed subdivision;

7. The location and size of existing water system facilities including all fire hydrants lying within or adjacent to the proposed subdivision or those which will be connected to as part of the proposed subdivision;

8. The location, size and description of any other underground and overhead facilities lying within or adjacent to the proposed subdivision;

9. The location of any environmentally sensitive areas as described in Chapter 19.05 PTMC, including all floodplains, lying within or adjacent to the proposed subdivision;

10. The location, size and description of all significant trees as defined in PTMC 18.04.060 lying within existing public rights-of-way to be improved within or adjacent to the proposed subdivision;

11. The location of existing sections and municipal corporation boundary lines lying within or adjacent to the proposed subdivision;

12. The location of any well existing within the proposed subdivision;

13. Existing contour lines at intervals of five feet for average slopes exceeding five percent, or at intervals of two feet for average slopes not exceeding five percent. Existing contour lines shall be labeled at intervals not to exceed 20 feet. If applicable, indicate slopes equal to or greater than 15 to 25 percent, equal to or greater than 26 to 39 percent, and equal to or greater than 40 percent, by shading or color;

14. The location of any existing structures lying within the proposed subdivision. Existing structures to be removed shall be indicated by broken lines, and existing structures not to be removed shall be indicated by solid lines.

D. The preliminary plat shall show the following proposed geographic features:

1. The boundaries in bold solid lines of all proposed lots, the area and dimensions of each proposed lot, and the proposed identifying number or letter to be assigned to each lot and/or block;

2. The right-of-way location and width, the proposed name of each street, alley, or other public way to be created and the estimated tentative grades of such streets. Where roadways may exceed the maximum allowable grade or alignment, the public works director may require sufficient data, including centerline profiles and cross-sections if necessary, to determine the feasibility of said roadway;

3. The location, width and purpose of each easement to be created;

4. The boundaries, dimensions and area of public and common park and open space areas;

5. Identification of all areas proposed to be dedicated for public use, together with the purpose and any condition of dedication;

6. Proposed final contour lines at intervals of five feet for average slopes exceeding five percent, or at intervals of two feet for average slopes not exceeding five percent. Final contours shall be indicated by solid lines. Contour lines shall be labeled in intervals not to exceed 20 feet;

7. The building envelopes, as defined in PTMC 18.04.060, shall be indicated for each lot;

8. Proposed monumentation;

9. Proposed location and description of all water system improvements, including all proposed fire hydrants;

10. Proposed location and description of all sewer system improvements, including profiles, and, if needed, all pump stations and their connections to the existing system;

11. Proposed location and description of all stormwater management system improvements;

12. Proposed street cross-sections, showing proposed bicycle and pedestrian pathways and sidewalks (if applicable);

13. Proposed type and location of street lighting (if applicable);

14. Proposed type and location of landscaping (if applicable);

15. Proposed location and typical cross-section of trails (if applicable);

16. Proposed location and description of transit stops and shelters (if applicable);

17. Proposed restrictions or conditions on development (if applicable).

E. Upon review of an application, the director and/or public works director may require additional pertinent information as needed to satisfy any regulatory requirements. (Ord. 3026 § 1 (Exh. A-6 § 3), 2010; Ord. 2892 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2837 § 2(Exh. B § 3), 2003; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.060 Approval criteria.

In addition to the review criteria provided in Chapter 20.01 PTMC, the following criteria are the minimum measures by which each proposed subdivision will be considered:

A. Full subdivisions shall be given preliminary approval, including preliminary approval subject to conditions, upon finding by the city that all of the following have been satisfied:

1. The proposed subdivision conforms to all applicable city, state and federal zoning, land use, environmental and health regulations and plans, including, but not limited to, the following:

a. Port Townsend comprehensive plan;

b. Port Townsend zoning code;

c. Engineering design standards;

d. Critical Areas Ordinance (Chapter 19.05 PTMC);

2. Utilities and other public services necessary to serve the needs of the proposed subdivision shall be made available, including open spaces, drainage ways, streets, alleys, other public ways, potable water, transit facilities, sanitary sewers, parks, playgrounds, schools, sidewalks and other improvements that assure safe walking conditions for students who walk to and from school;

3. Conservation of existing trees, and/or the planting of new trees, shall be provided consistent with Chapter 19.06 PTMC, Article III, Standards for Tree Conservation;

4. The probable significant adverse environmental impacts of the proposed subdivision, together with any practical means of mitigating adverse impacts, have been considered such that the proposal will not have an unacceptable adverse effect upon the quality of the environment, in accordance with Chapter 19.04 PTMC and Chapter 43.21C RCW;

5. Approving the proposed subdivision will serve the public use and interest and adequate provision has been made for the public health, safety, and general welfare.

B. Notwithstanding approval criteria set forth in subsection A, in accordance with RCW 58.17.120, as now adopted and hereafter amended, a proposed subdivision may be denied because of flood, inundation or swamp conditions. Where any portion of the proposed subdivision lies within both a flood control zone, as specified by Chapter 19.05 PTMC and Chapter 86.16 RCW, and either the one percent flood hazard area or the regulatory floodway, the city shall not approve the preliminary plat unless it imposes a condition requiring the applicant to comply with Chapter 19.05 PTMC and any written recommendations of the Washington Department of Ecology. In such cases, no development permit associated with the proposed subdivision shall be issued by the city until flood control problems have been resolved. (Ord. 2837 § 2(Exh. B § 4), 2003; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.070 Preliminary plat review process.

A. An application for a full subdivision shall be processed according to the procedures for Type III land use decisions established in Chapter 20.01 PTMC, Land Development Administrative Procedures.

B. The director shall solicit comments from the public works director, fire chief or designee, local utility providers, police chief, building official, school district, adjacent jurisdictions, if the proposal is within one mile of another city or jurisdiction, Washington State Department of Transportation, if the proposal is adjacent to a state highway, and any other state, local or federal officials as may be necessary.

C. Based on comments from city departments and applicable agencies and other information, the city shall review the application subject to the criteria of PTMC 18.16.060. A proposed full subdivision shall only be approved when consistent with all the provisions of PTMC 18.16.060.

D. An applicant for a full subdivision may request that certain requirements established or referenced by this chapter be modified. Such requests shall be processed according to the procedures for variances in Chapter 20.01 PTMC, and shall satisfy the criteria of Chapter 17.86 PTMC, Variances. (Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.080 Preliminary plat approval – Phased development.

Where subdivision development is proposed in distinct phases, preliminary plat approval must be granted for the entire subdivision. The plat map must delineate the separate divisions or phases which are to be developed in increments. The preliminary plat approval is conditional upon completion of the proposed phases in a particular sequence and may specify a completion date for each phase. Final plat approval is granted for each separate phase of the preliminary plat. Any changes in the development proposal or sequence of phased development after preliminary approval will require approval in accordance with PTMC 18.16.070 unless the director finds that the changes qualify as a minor modification under PTMC 18.16.090. (Ord. 3035 § 13, 2010; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.090 Modifications to an approved preliminary plat.

A. Minor modifications to a previously approved preliminary plat, not involving the location or relocation of a lot, tract or parcel lot line and not involving the location or relocation of a street, may be requested by the applicant and approved by the director subject to the provisions for Type I decisions in Chapter 20.01 PTMC. Before approving such amendment, the director shall make written findings and conclusions that the following exist:

1. The modification will not be inconsistent or cause the subdivision to be inconsistent with the findings, conclusions, and decision of the city approving the subdivision;

2. The modification will not cause the subdivision to violate any applicable city policy or regulation;

3. A subdivision may be modified only if the intent of its original conditions is not altered.

B. Modifications which exceed the criteria above shall be processed as a new preliminary plat application. (Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.100 Improvement method report.

Following preliminary plat approval and approval of all plans and prior to submission of a final plat for the director’s approval, the applicant shall submit to the director, three copies of a report describing the method by which the applicant proposes to carry out the minimum improvements required and the time period within which such improvements will be completed. The applicant shall submit all design and construction drawings required in conformance with the engineering design standards. This improvement method report shall be signed by the applicant and be accompanied by any applicable proposed performance guarantees. The director shall transmit two copies of the improvement method report with all drawings and other submittals to the public works director. Improvements may be made or guaranteed by either of the following methods, subject to the discretion and approval of the director:

A. By actual installation and approval of all improvements in accordance with the preliminary plat, city engineering design standards, and approved construction drawings;

B. By the formation of a local improvement district consistent with the provisions of applicable requirements of the city and the state and by requiring the imposition of covenants as a condition of final plat approval requiring that purchasers of any lots waive any protest to the formation and implementation of a local improvement district;

C. By actually installing the minimum improvements as provided by the local improvement district laws of the state and the city, and in accordance with city standards and specifications and under the supervision of the public works director;

D. By furnishing to the city a plat or subdivision bond or cash deposit in escrow for the full cost of the improvements, or other security satisfactory to the director, in which assurance is given the city that the installation of the minimum improvements will be carried out as provided by plans submitted and approved and in accordance with city engineering design standards, and under the supervision of the public works director. The amount of the performance bond or other security shall be 120 percent of the estimated cost for the city to contract for construction of the improvements as determined by the public works director, and shall be of a duration in accordance with the engineering design standards. If the phased installation of improvements is proposed, the improvement method report shall describe the proposed phasing, the timing for construction, and proposed methods of guaranteeing and assuring the city that adequate installation of improvements will occur in conformance with the phasing schedule; or

E. By a combination of these methods. (Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.110 Public works director’s certificate of improvements.

No permit for the construction of improvements within an approved subdivision shall be issued by the city until the improvement method report, all construction drawings, proposed performance guarantees, and other submittals in conformance with the engineering design standards have been received and approved by the public works director. All construction of improvements shall be inspected and approved in conformance with the engineering design standards. After completion of all required improvements or the guarantee of the construction of all required improvements, the public works director shall submit a certificate in triplicate to the director stating the required improvements or guarantees are in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, the preliminary plat, including the city’s decision approving the plat, and in accordance with city’s engineering design standards. The director shall transmit one copy of the certification to the subdivider, together with a notice advising the subdivider to prepare a final plat for the proposed subdivision. One copy of the certificate shall be retained by the director. (Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.120 Preparation of a final plat.

The final plat shall be prepared in accordance with the following requirements:

A. The final plat shall be prepared by a land surveyor licensed by the state of Washington or a Washington State licensed engineer.

B. The final plat shall be submitted as a reproducible drawing prepared on mylar, measuring 18 inches by 24 inches in size, allowing one-half-inch for border.

C. A final plat shall contain the following information:

1. The name of the subdivision;

2. Legal description of the property being subdivided;

3. Numeric scale, graphic scale, true north point and date of preparation of the final plat;

4. The lot line of the plat, referenced to city (USC&GS) datum and based on an accurate traverse, with angular and linear dimensions and bearings;

5. The exact location, width and name of all streets, alleys and other public ways within and adjacent to the subdivision;

6. The exact location, width and purpose of all easements and dedications for rights-of-way provided for public and private services and utilities;

7. True courses and distances to the nearest established street lines, or sections or quarter section corner monuments which shall accurately locate the subdivision;

8. Section lines accurately tied to the lines of the plat by distances and courses;

9. All lot and block numbers and lines, with accurate dimensions in feet and hundredths of feet;

10. All house address numbers as assigned by the city;

11. The radii, internal angles, points of curvature, tangent bearings and lengths of all arcs;

12. The accurate location of each permanent control monument;

13. All plat meander lines or reference lines along bodies of water shall be established as above, but not farther than 20 feet from the high water line of such body;

14. Accurate outlines and legal descriptions of any areas to be dedicated or reserved for public use, with the purposes of such dedication or reservation and any limitations indicated thereon and in the dedication;

15. Accurate outlines of any area to be reserved by deed covenant for common use of owners of property within the subdivision, together with the purposes of such reservation;

16. Any restrictions or conditions on the lots or tracts within the subdivision, as required by the city or at the discretion of the property owner, including but not limited to environmentally sensitive areas buffers;

17. The auditor’s file number of all documents and conveyances recorded with the Jefferson County auditor associated with preliminary or final plat approval;

18. The name and seal of the Washington State-licensed land surveyor or Washington State-licensed engineer responsible for preparation of the final plat, and a signed certification on the plat by said surveyor to the effect that it is a true and correct representation of the land actually surveyed by him or her, that the existing monuments shown thereon exist as located and that all dimensional and geodetic details are correct;

19. A signed, notarized certification stating that the subdivision has been made with the free consent and in accordance with the desires of all persons with ownership and/or security interests in the property. If the plat includes a dedication, the certificate or a separate written instrument shall contain the dedication of all streets and other areas to the public, any individual or individuals, religious society or societies, or to any corporation, public or private, as shown on the plat. Such certificate or instrument shall be signed and acknowledged before a notary public by all parties having any interest in the land subdivided. The owner shall waive all claims against the city, on behalf of the owner and the owner’s successors and assigns, which may be occasioned by the establishment and/or construction of any streets, roads, storm drainage improvements or other improvements;

20. An offer of dedication may include a waiver of right of direct access to any street from any property. Such waiver may be required by the public works director as a condition of approval. Any dedication, donation or grant as shown on the face of the plat shall be considered as a quit claim deed to the said donee or grantee for use for the purpose intended by the donation or grant;

21. Signature blocks for the appropriate certifications of the city finance director, public works director, and director of DSD, as follows:

FINANCE DIRECTOR’S CERTIFICATE

I hereby certify that there are no delinquent special assessments for which the property subject to this subdivision may be liable to the city, and that all special assessments on any property herein contained dedicated as streets, alleys, or for any other public use, have been duly paid, satisfied or discharged, this ___ day of __________, 20__.

_____________________________
Port Townsend Finance Director

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR’S
CERTIFICATE

I hereby certify to the best of my knowledge that this final plat is in compliance with the certificate of improvements issued pursuant to the Port Townsend Municipal Code and is consistent with all applicable city improvement standards and requirements in force on the date of preliminary plat approval, this ___ day of _________, 20__.

______________________________
Port Townsend Public Works Director

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR’S
CERTIFICATE

I hereby certify that on this ____ day of _______, 20__, that this final plat is in substantial conformance with the preliminary plat and any conditions attached thereto, which preliminary plat was approved by the City of Port Townsend on the ___ day of _______, 20__.

______________________________
Port Townsend Development Services
Department Director

22. A form of the approval of the County assessor, as follows:

ASSESSOR’S APPROVAL

Examined and approved this ___ day of ___________, 20__.

_____________________________
Jefferson County Assessor

Attest:

_____________________________
Deputy Jefferson County Assessor

23. A form for the certificate of the Jefferson County recorder, as follows:

RECORDING CERTIFICATE

Filed for record at the request of the City of Port Townsend this ____ day of ___________, 20__, at _____ minutes past __ M., and recorded in Volume ____ of Plats, page _____ Records of Jefferson County, Washington.

Jefferson County Recording Number
______.

__________________________
Manager

__________________________
Superintendent of Records

24. A form for the certificate of the Jefferson County treasurer, as follows:

I, (current County Treasurer’s name), Treasurer of Jefferson County, Washington, hereby certify that all taxes due and/or deposits required to cover anticipated taxes on the property embraced in this subdivision have been paid, up to and including insert the current year.

_____________________________
Jefferson County Treasurer

_____________________________
Date

25. Any additional pertinent information as required at the discretion of the public works director or the DSD director.

D. All signatures or certifications appearing on a final plat shall be in reproducible black ink. (Ord. 2982 § 12, 2008; Ord. 2892 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.130 Accompanying documents – Final plat.

A. In cases where any deed covenants or restrictions, including any CC&Rs, will apply to lots or parcels within a subdivision, a typewritten copy of such covenants bearing all necessary signatures shall be submitted along with the final plat.

B. The final plat shall be accompanied by a complete survey of the section or sections in which the plat or replat is located, or as much thereof as may be necessary to properly orient the plat within such section or sections. The plat and section survey shall be submitted with complete field and computation notes, showing the original or re-established corners, with the descriptions of the same, and the actual traverse showing error or closure and method of balancing. A sketch showing all distances, angles and calculations required to determine corners and distances of the plat shall accompany this data. The allowable error of closure shall not exceed one foot in 10,000 feet.

C. The final plat shall be accompanied by a current (within 30 days) title company certification of:

1. The legal description of the total parcel sought to be subdivided;

2. Those individuals or corporations holding an ownership interest or any other encumbrances affecting the title of said parcel. Such individuals or corporations shall sign and approve the final plat prior to final approval;

3. Any lands to be dedicated shall be confirmed as being owned in fee title by the owner(s) signing the dedication certificate;

4. Any easements or restrictions affecting the property to be subdivided with a description of purpose and referenced by the auditor’s file number and/or recording number; and

5. If lands are to be dedicated or conveyed to the city as part of the subdivision, an A.L.T.A. title policy may be required by the public works director.

D. The applicant shall provide the public works director with a computer disk containing a complete set of the final plat maps and as-built drawings on CADD© or other GIS-compatible software as acceptable to the public works director.

E. All documents submitted under this section shall contain the name of the subdivision and the name and address of the subdivider.

F. All maintenance, performance and guarantee bonds or other guarantees as may be required by the public works director in accordance with PTMC Titles 12 and 13 and the improvement method report to guarantee the acceptability and/or performance of all public improvements. For all improvements constructed after final plat approval, reproducible as-built drawings and CADD© files shall be submitted within 15 days of completion of construction. (Ord. 2982 § 10, 2008; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.140 Final plat application.

A. Applications for final plat approval shall be made on forms provided by the department along with the fee established in Chapter 20.09 PTMC, Land Development Permit Application and Appeal Fees.

B. Applications for final plat approval shall be processed according to the procedures for Type IV land use decisions established in Chapter 20.01 PTMC, Land Development Administrative Procedures.

C. Applications for final plat approval shall be submitted within seven years of the date of the preliminary plat approval, unless an extension is granted pursuant to PTMC 18.16.150.

D. The final plat map shall be prepared in accordance with this chapter and Chapter 18.24 PTMC.

E. Prior to final approval, with the exception of the recording certificate, the applicant shall obtain all signatures and certifications on the face of the plat in accordance with PTMC 18.16.120. (Ord. 3026 § 1 (Exh. A-6 § 8), 2010; Ord. 2761 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.150 Time limitation on final plat submittal.

A. The original and two copies of a final plat meeting all requirements of Chapter 58.17 RCW shall be transmitted by the director to the city council within the time limitations established under RCW 58.17.140. DSD shall not be responsible for notifying the applicant of a pending preliminary plat expiration. Preliminary plats may receive an unlimited number of subsequent three-year extensions in accordance with the following criteria:

1. Extension requests shall be filed in writing with the DSD director at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the approval period or any subsequent approved extension;

2. The applicant for an extension shall demonstrate the following:

a. Active effort in pursuing completion of the subdivision or, at a minimum, a reasonable justification for granting of the extension;

b. That there are no significant changes in conditions that would render approval of the extension contrary to the public health, safety or general welfare;

c. That the extension request will not be inconsistent or cause the subdivision to be inconsistent with the findings, conclusions, and decision of the city approving the original subdivision;

d. That the extension will not cause the subdivision to violate any applicable city policy or regulation in effect at the time of the extension request that differs significantly from those in effect at the time of original subdivision approval.

B. The DSD director shall take one of the following actions upon receipt of a timely extension request:

1. Approve the extension request if no significant issues are presented under the criteria set forth in this section;

2. Conditionally approve the extension request if any issues identified are substantially mitigated by minor revisions to the original approval and the criteria of PTMC 18.12.140(A) are still met;

3. Deny the extension request if any significant issues presented cannot be substantially mitigated by minor revisions to the approved plan.

C. A request for extension approval shall be processed as a Type II action, with additional notice provided to adjacent property owners within 300 feet of the preliminary plat. Appeal and post-decision review of a Type II action is permitted as provided in Chapter 20.01 PTMC. (Ord. 3154 § 8 (Exh. J), 2016; Ord. 3026 § 1 (Exh. A-6 § 8), 2010; Ord. 2892 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2761 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.160 Effect of an approved final plat – Valid land use.

Any lots in a final plat filed for record shall be a valid land use notwithstanding any change in zoning laws for a period of seven years from the date of filing. A subdivision shall be governed by the terms of approval of the final plat, and the statutes, ordinances and regulations in effect on the date of preliminary plat approval for a period of seven years after final plat approval unless the city council finds that a change in conditions creates a serious threat to the public health or safety of residents within or outside the subdivision. (Ord. 3026 § 1 (Exh. A-6 § 8), 2010; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.170 Distribution of copies and filing of final plat.

The director shall distribute the original and copies of the approved final plat as follows:

A. The original shall be returned to the applicant to be forwarded to the county auditor for filing;

B. Prior to the issuance of any building permits, one recorded reproducible copy shall be transmitted to the public works director;

C. One recorded paper copy shall be retained in the files of the DSD; and

D. One recorded paper copy shall be provided to the building official for assignment of addresses. (Ord. 2892 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.180 Transfer of ownership following final plat approval.

Whenever any parcel of land lying within the city is divided under the provisions of this chapter, no person, firm, or corporation shall sell or transfer, or offer or advertise for sale or transfer, any such lot, tract or parcel without having first had an approved final plat for such subdivision filed for record. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a final plat is fully certified and filed for record with the Jefferson County auditor prior to transferring ownership of any land. (Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).

18.16.190 Building and occupancy permits – Issuance after final plat approval.

A. No building permit for a structure other than a temporary contractor’s office or temporary storage building shall be issued for a lot or parcel within an approved subdivision prior to a determination by the fire chief or designee that adequate fire protection and access for construction needs exists.

B. No building permit for a structure other than a temporary contractor’s office or temporary storage building shall be issued for a lot or parcel within an approved subdivision until the applicant complies with the improvement method report, all requirements of the public works department’s certificate of improvements, and all requirements of the final plat approval.

C. No occupancy permit for a structure other than a temporary contractor’s office or other approved temporary building shall be issued for a structure on a lot or parcel within an approved subdivision prior to final inspection and approval of all required improvements which will serve such lot or parcel, to the satisfaction of the public works director and city building official. (Ord. 2572 § 2, 1997).