Chapter 11.24


11.24.005    Street projects as prerequisite to property development.

11.24.010    Reimbursement agreements authorized.

11.24.020    Reimbursement costs – Determination.

11.24.030    Reimbursement assessment – Procedures.

11.24.040    Provisions not exclusive.

11.24.050    Property owner participation in street projects.

11.24.060    City participation.

11.24.005 Street projects as prerequisite to property development.

When the Puyallup city council passes an ordinance acknowledging that an owner of real estate is required to construct or improve a street project as a prerequisite to further property development, the owners of real estate constructing or improving streets pursuant to such authority may enter into reimbursement contracts with city, consistent with Chapter 35.72 RCW and this chapter. (Ord. 3285 § 2, 2023; Ord. 2421 § 2, 1995).

11.24.010 Reimbursement agreements authorized.

(1) The city council of the city of Puyallup may, by ordinance, authorize the city engineer to enter into a reimbursement agreement with an applicant for a development or building permit or may authorize the city engineer to create an assessment reimbursement area pursuant to RCW 35.72.050(1). The agreement shall provide for proportionate reimbursement to either the applicant or the city depending which party undertakes the improvements, of the cost of making public street improvements by assessments against property owners who:

(a) Are determined to be within the assessment reimbursement area pursuant to PMC 11.24.020;

(b) Are determined to have a reimbursement share based upon a benefit to the property owner pursuant to PMC 11.24.030;

(c) Did not contribute a proportionate share of the original cost of the public street improvement; and

(d) Subsequently develop their property within the 15-year period and at the time of development are not required to install similar street improvements because the improvements were already constructed by the applicant or city in accordance with this chapter.

(2) No agreement may encompass a period greater than 15 years but may be extended in accordance with RCW 35.72.020.

(3) Street improvements, and associated costs, which may be subjects of reimbursement agreements are set forth as follows and in PMC 11.24.020:

(a) Paved roadways;

(b) Street lighting systems;

(c) Sidewalks and walkways;

(d) Curbs and gutters;

(e) Storm drainage systems;

(f) Traffic controls;

(g) Utilities within or adjacent to street right-of-way not provided for in other agreements or methods of finance;

(h) Streetscape, i.e., landscaping associated with street improvements; and

(i) Easements, rights-of-way, fee interests, access authorizations, and other rights and interests for street improvements. (Ord. 3285 § 2, 2023; Ord. 2394 § 2, 1994).

11.24.020 Reimbursement costs – Determination.

Reimbursement amounts shall be a proportionate share of construction and contract administration costs including, but not limited to, design and engineering costs, of the project. The city engineer shall determine the reimbursement share by using a method of cost apportionment which is based upon the benefits to the property owner from such project. (Ord. 3285 § 2, 2023; Ord. 2394 § 2, 1994).

11.24.030 Reimbursement assessment – Procedures.

The procedures for assessment reimbursement contracts shall be as follows:

(1) An assessment reimbursement area shall be formulated by the city engineer based upon a determination as to which parcels adjacent to or in the vicinity of the improvements would require similar street improvements upon development.

(2) The preliminary determination of area boundaries and assessments, along with a description of the property owner’s rights and options, shall be forwarded by registered mail to the property owners of record within the proposed assessment area. This notice shall advise them of the hearing to be conducted before the city council within 20 days of the mailing of the preliminary determination.

(3) The city council’s ruling is determinative and final.

(4) The council’s ruling rejecting an assessment reimbursement area and program shall be by resolution or by minute entry in the official council minutes. The council’s ruling establishing an assessment area and program shall be by ordinance.

(5) The contract may be formulated prior to or after the determination of the assessment reimbursement area, but shall not become final until after the council’s determination under subsection (4) of this section.

(6) The contract must be recorded in the Pierce County auditor’s office within 30 days of the final execution of the agreement.

(7) If the contract is so filed, it shall be binding on owners of record within the assessment area who are not party to the contract. (Ord. 3285 § 2, 2023; Ord. 2394 § 2, 1994).

11.24.040 Provisions not exclusive.

The authority to enter into agreements as provided in this chapter shall be in addition to the authority of the city pursuant to the police power and other statutes, laws, rules and ordinances and shall not be deemed exclusive. (Ord. 3285 § 2, 2023; Ord. 2394 § 2, 1994).

11.24.050 Property owner participation in street projects.

Development proposals located within a designated assessment reimbursement area that will benefit from a preestablished street improvement constructed pursuant to the creation of an assessment reimbursement area shall, as a prerequisite and condition to project approval, contribute the appropriate reimbursement share designated by the formula set forth in the applicable reimbursement agreement. This requirement shall be based upon the terms of the applicable reimbursement agreement, and the applicable sections of the city’s SEPA ordinance (PMC 21.04.210) and the terms and requirements of the policies referred to therein. (Ord. 3285 § 2, 2023; Ord. 2394 § 2, 1994).

11.24.060 City participation.

Pursuant to RCW 35.72.050, as now or hereafter amended, the city may join in the financing of improvement projects and may be reimbursed in the same manner as the owners of real estate who participate in the projects and/or the city may implement an assessment reimbursement area wherein the city finances the cost of the street improvements within the assessment reimbursement area and becomes the sole beneficiary of the reimbursements charged to the property owners benefiting from the improvements. The terms and conditions of the city’s participation shall be specified in the ordinance adopting the assessment reimbursement area and program under PMC 11.24.030(4). (Ord. 3285 § 2, 2023; Ord. 2394 § 2, 1994).