20F.30.50 Type V Review: Quasi-Judicial, City Council Decisions.

20F.30.50-010 Purpose.

A Type V process is a quasi-judicial review and decision made by the City Council. The Technical Committee makes a recommendation to the City Council. Depending on the application, the Technical Committee may conduct a public meeting to obtain public input. The City Council shall hold a public hearing on the application prior to making a decision. Public notification is provided at the application, public hearing, and decision stages of application review. There is no opportunity for an administrative appeal. Appeals of City Council decisions are made to King County Superior Court. The purpose of this section is to provide the necessary steps for permits requiring Type V review. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-015 Overview of Type V Review.

This section contains the procedures the City will use in processing Type V applications. The process is similar to Type III, except that the Technical Committee makes a recommendation to the City Council instead of the Hearing Examiner. The City Council acts as the final decision-maker on Type V application and actions. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-020 Notice of Application.

(1)    Notice of application for Type V permits shall be provided within 14 days of the determination of completeness pursuant to RCDG 20F.30.25, Timeframes for Review. Notice shall be provided as indicated in subsection (2) of this section. If any open record pre-decision hearing is required for the requested project permit(s), the Notice of Application shall be provided at least 15 days prior to the open record hearing.

(2)    Notice of Application Requirements of Type V Permits.

Land Use Action






Final Plat



Plat Alteration



Plat Vacation



Right-of-Way Vacation



Sensitive Areas Exception for Streets and/or Utilities



Temporary Use (Long-Term)



Master Planned Development for Overlake Village Subarea and for MPDs greater than 10 acres in Downtown



(3)    Mailed Notice.

(a)    Mailings shall include a mailed notice to owners of real property within 500 feet of the project site, or 20 property owners (whichever is greater), including the following information:

(i)    The date of application and the date of the Notice of Application;

(ii)    A description of the proposed project action and a list of the project permits included in the application and, if applicable, a list of any studies requested under RCW 36.70B.070;

(iii)    The identification of other permits not included in the application, to the extent known by the City;

(iv)    The identification of existing environmental documents that evaluate the proposed project, and, if not otherwise stated on the document providing Notice of Application, the location where the application and any studies can be reviewed;

(v)    A statement of the limits of the public comment period;

(vi)    A statement of the right of any person to comment on the application, receive notice of and participate in any hearings, request a copy of the decision once made, and any appeal rights;

(vii)    The date, time, place and type of meeting or hearing, if applicable and if it is scheduled at the date of notice of the application;

(viii)    A statement of the preliminary determination of consistency, if one has been made at the time of notice, and of those development regulations that will be used for project mitigation;

(ix)    A map depicting the boundaries of the project site and, when applicable, a site map showing the proposal;

(x)    Any other information determined appropriate by the City, such as the City’s SEPA threshold determination, if complete at the time of issuance of the Notice of Application.

(b)    Mailings shall also include the Notice of Application including at the least the information required in subsection (3) of this section to each person who has requested such notice.

(c)    No proceeding of any procedure established in this chapter shall be found to be invalid for failure to provide mailed notice as required in this section as long as the other methods of notice have met their respective requirements and there was a good faith attempt to comply with the mailed notice requirements.

(d)    The records of the King County Assessments Department shall be used for determining the property owner of record. Addresses for a mailed notice required by this code shall be obtained from the King County real property tax records. The approval authority shall issue a certificate of mailing to all persons entitled to notice under this chapter. The approval authority may provide notice to other persons than those required to receive notice under the code.

(e)    All public notices shall be deemed to have been provided or received on the date the notice is deposited in the mail or personally delivered, whichever occurs first.

(4)    Posted Notice.

(a)    At least one public notice board shall be posted on the site or in a location immediately adjacent to the site that provides visibility to motorists using adjacent streets. The Administrator shall establish standards for size, color, layout, design, wording and placement of the notice boards.

(b)    A public notice shall also be posted at a designated location within City Hall and at least one other public building, such as the library, post office or community center.

(c)    For annexations, a minimum of three public notice boards shall be posted in public locations such as a roadway within the territory proposed for annexation. One of those three signs shall meet the requirements in subsection (4)(d) of this section as follows.

(d)    The following Type V application is major land use action: annexations. In addition to the general notice requirements, major land use actions shall comply with the following additional and extraordinary signage requirements:

(i)    Sign Size and Placement. Each sign shall be four feet by eight feet in size, placed no closer than five feet from the right-of-way, visible from each public street on which the subject property has frontage, and placed outside the sight distance triangle.

(ii)    Content of Notice. Signs shall be prepared using templates or attachable letters. Hand lettered signs are not acceptable. The required sign shall include:

(A)    The title “Notice of Land Use Application”;

(B)    A graphic or written description of the site boundaries;

(C)    Type of action/application (i.e., annexation);

(D)    The date of public hearing;

(E)    The name and telephone number of the Department of Planning and Community Development;

(F)    City of Redmond logo;

(G)    Other information as the Administrator may determine to be necessary to adequately notify the public of the pending land use application. (See Appendix 20F-5 for an illustration.)

(iii)    Responsibility for Installation and Removal.

(A)    The applicant shall be solely responsible for the construction, installation, and removal of the sign(s) and the associated costs.

(B)    The sign(s) shall be erected at least 14 days prior to the public hearing. The applicant shall sign an affidavit, stating that the sign(s) were installed and the date and posting of property.

(C)    The sign(s) shall be removed immediately following final action by the City Council.

(D)    If the sign is removed prior to the City Council’s final action, the applicant is responsible for immediate replacement of the sign.

(5)    Responsibility for Notice. The Code Administrator is responsible for providing published legal notices, mailed notice and posted notice in public buildings. The applicant is responsible for complying with on-site posted notice requirements. (Ord. 2447; Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-030 Minimum Comment Period.

(1)    The Notice of Application shall provide a minimum comment period of 14 days. All comments received on the Notice of Application must be received in the Redmond Permit Center by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the comment period. Comments may be mailed, personally delivered or sent by facsimile. The Technical Committee’s recommendation on a Type V application shall not be issued prior to the expiration of the minimum comment period.

(2)    Comments should be submitted to the Technical Committee as early in the review of an application as possible and should be as specific as possible.

(3)    If the optional DNS process is used, as described in RCDG 20F.30.35-040, the Administrator shall combine the Notice of Application and DNS comment periods. When a final DNS is issued, there is no additional comment period.

(4)    The Technical Committee may accept and respond to public comments at any time prior to the closing of the public hearing record. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-040 Public Meetings.

A public meeting may be required for Type V applications, except final plats, plat alterations, and plat vacations. The Technical Committee may require the applicant to participate in the meeting to inform citizens about the proposal. If a public meeting is planned, it shall be held as early in the review process as possible for Type V applications. Notice of the public meeting shall be provided in the same manner as required for notice of the application. The public meeting notice will be combined with the Notice of Application whenever possible. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-050 Environmental Review.

(1)    Threshold Determinations. The Administrator shall issue the SEPA threshold determination after the minimum comment period for the Notice of Application and prior to the recommendation on the application. The threshold determination shall be published, mailed and posted in the same manner as the Notice of Application. The threshold determination shall also be sent to agencies with jurisdiction and the Washington State Department of Ecology. There is a 14-day comment period. Any comments received shall be addressed in the Technical Committee decision on the application which shall include the final threshold determination (DNS or DS).

(2)    Optional DNS Process. For projects that have few or no impacts, a preliminary DNS may be issued with the Notice of Application. The comment period for the DNS and the notice of application shall be combined. The Notice of Application shall state that the City expects to issue a DNS for the proposal and that this may be the only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the proposed project. After the close of the comment period, the Technical Committee shall review any comments and issue the final DNS in conjunction with the recommendation on the application.

(3)    Determination of Significance. If a determination of significance (DS) is issued, and an environmental impact statement (EIS) is required, the EIS will be completed prior to issuance of the Technical Committee/Design Review Board recommendation. If the requirement to prepare an EIS or a supplemental EIS is appealed by the applicant, that appeal will also be resolved prior to issuance of the Technical Committee/Design Review Board recommendation. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-060 Technical Committee Recommendation.

A written report of the Technical Committee making a recommendation to the City Council for approval, approval with conditions, or with modifications, or for denial shall be prepared. The Technical Committee’s recommendation shall be based on the applicable Redmond Community Development Guide (RCDG) decision criteria and shall include any conditions necessary to ensure consistency with City development regulations. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-070 Design Review Board Recommendation.

When design review is required, the Design Review Board recommendation shall be included in, or attached to, the written report that contains the Technical Committee recommendation. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-080 Notice of City Council Public Hearing.

(1)    Public notice of the date of the City Council public hearing at which the City Council will consider the application shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation. The public hearing shall be scheduled no sooner than 14 days following the date of publication of the notice. If a determination of significance was issued by the Administrator, the notice of the Technical Committee’s recommendation shall state whether an EIS or supplemental EIS was prepared or whether existing environmental documents were adopted. The notice of the City Council meeting shall also include the notice of the availability of the Technical Committee’s recommendation.

(2)    The Administrator shall mail notice of the City Council public hearing, the SEPA determination and the notice of the availability of the Technical Committee recommendation to each person who submitted comments during the public comment period or at any time prior to the publication of the notice of recommendation. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-090 City Council Decision.

(1)    The Administrator shall transmit to the City Council a copy of the department file on the application including all written comments received prior to the City Council Meeting and information reviewed by or relied upon by the Administrator. The file shall also include information to verify that the requirements for notice to the public (Notice of Application, Notice of Public Hearing, and Notice of SEPA Determination) have been met.

(2)    Any person may participate in the City Council public hearing on the Technical Committee’s recommendation by submitting written comments to the Redmond Permit Center prior to the hearing or by submitting written comments or making oral comments at the hearing.

(3)    The City Council shall, at the open record public hearing, consider and take final action on each Type V application. The final action may take place in the same meeting as the public hearing, if any.

(4)    The City Council shall either:

(a)    Approve the application; or

(b)    Approve the application with modifications; or

(c)    Remand the application to the Technical Committee for an additional review limited to specific issues identified by the Council; or

(d)    Deny the application.

(5)    Ordinance.

(a)    Conditions. The City Council may, based on the record, include conditions in any ordinance approving or approving with modifications an application in order to ensure conformance with the approval criteria specified in the code or process under which the application was made.

(b)    Findings of Fact. The City Council shall include findings of fact and conclusions derived from those facts which support the decision of the Council, including any conditions, in the ordinance approving or approving with modifications the application. The City Council may by reference adopt some or all of the findings and conclusions of the Technical Committee.

(c)    Required Vote. The City Council shall adopt an ordinance which approves or approves with modifications the application by a majority vote of the membership of the City Council. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-100 Notice of Final Decision.

The Administrator shall mail a Notice of Final Decision and the final SEPA determination, if any, to the applicant and to each person who participated in the public hearing or who submitted comments during the public comment period at any time prior to issuance of the decision. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-110 Appeal of City Council Decision.

The decision of the City Council on the application is the final decision of the City and may be appealed to Superior Court by filing a land use petition which meets the requirements set forth in Chapter 36.70C RCW. The petition must be filed and served upon all necessary parties as set forth in State law and within the 21-day time period as set forth in RCW 36.70C.040. The appeal period shall commence upon expiration of the reconsideration period. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-120 Commencement of Activity.

Some construction activity may commence prior to the conclusion of an appeal. See RCDG 20F.30.60-030(2), Effect of Appeal. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-130 Modification or Addition to an Approved Project or Decision.

See RCDG 20F.40.25, Administrative Modifications. (Ord. 2118)

20F.30.50-140 Revocation.

(1)    The Administrator may determine that any approved permit should be revoked upon a finding that one or more of the following conditions exist:

(a)    The permit was issued in error; or

(b)     Approval of the permit was obtained by misrepresentation of material fact; or

(c)     The permit is being exercised contrary to the terms of approval.

(2)    Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, the Administrator shall provide the property owner and permit applicant at least 21 days’ written notice of the Administrator’s intent to revoke the permit. Revocation will automatically occur upon the date specified by the notice unless the property owner or permit holder files an appeal as provided in the appropriate section of this title. If an appeal is filed, revocation shall not take place unless and until the appeal is concluded and then only if the decision of the Administrator is upheld; provided, that at the request of the Administrator, and after notice and opportunity to be heard has been provided, the Hearing Examiner may issue an order at any time during the appeal proceedings to require that the property owner or permit applicant cease the use or activity for which the permit was approved pending conclusion of the appeal, if the Hearing Examiner determines that the Administrator’s decision is likely to be upheld and that irreparable harm will likely result if the use or activity is not ceased.

(3)    The Administrator may revoke a permit on less than 21 days’ notice or upon no notice at all if, but only if, the property owner’s or permit holder’s continued activities will result in imminent danger to person or property or otherwise create irreparable harm. In the event of such an extraordinary situation, the property owner or permit holder may file an appeal of the revocation and seek an expedited appeal hearing. Such an expedited hearing shall take place at the earliest opportunity and shall be given priority over any other matter on the Hearing Examiner’s schedule that may be legally delayed. (Ord. 2118)