Chapter 16.84


16.84.010    Scope of amendments.

16.84.020    Initiation of amendments.

16.84.030    Authority of the city council to amend the zoning code.

16.84.040    Reconsideration of application denied by the city council.

16.84.010 Scope of amendments.

Any provision of the zoning code, as well as the boundaries of the various zoning districts established herein, may be amended by the city council, after due public notice and hearing, where parties in interest and citizens shall have an opportunity to be heard, subject to the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 1244-16 § 3 (Exh. A))

16.84.020 Initiation of amendments.

Amendments to the zoning code, including zoning maps, may be initiated by petition of any property owner, the building and zoning official, planning board, or by the city council. (Ord. 1244-16 § 3 (Exh. A))

16.84.030 Authority of the city council to amend the zoning code.

A. Every proposed amendment to the zoning code, including changes in the zoning district maps or boundaries, shall be referred to the city council.

B. The city council shall schedule a public hearing no later than 60 calendar days from the date it is officially notified of a request for an amendment to the zoning code.

C. Upon submission of a petition for a zoning code amendment, the city council shall give due public notice and conduct a public hearing, wherein the parties in interest and citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard, in accordance with Chapter 16.82 SMC.

D. If the zoning code amendment request is one that would call for a revision to the zoning map(s), the city council shall first examine the adopted 20-year land use plan to determine if the request is consistent with the long-range land use plan for the city of Sultan.

E. Additionally, the city council shall contact, in writing, and receive, in writing, statements from the relevant city of Sultan departments and authorities to inform them as to the availability and capacity of the roadway, water, sewer, and electrical power systems to accommodate the level of development that could occur if the zoning code amendment were to be granted. If statements are not available at the time of the public hearing, those city departments shall have an opportunity to make oral statements at said hearing. If no statement, written or oral, is given by any city department, it shall be assumed that they concur with the requested amendment.

F. Having taken into account the conditions and requirements set forth in subsections (C) and (D) of this section, the city of Sultan shall render a decision on the zoning amendment request.

G. If a request to amend the zoning code is made to the city council that goes beyond what is shown on the adopted 20-year land use plan (e.g., the land is currently shown as being in the LDR zoning district, the land use plan shows the area ultimately being designated in the MDR zoning district, but the applicant is requesting that his property be rezoned to the HDR zoning district), the city council shall refer the matter to the planning board for review and recommendation to the city council before the council takes action on the zoning amendment. (Ord. 1244-16 § 3 (Exh. A))

16.84.040 Reconsideration of application denied by the city council.

Whenever the city council, after hearing all the evidence presented upon any application under the provisions of the zoning code, denies same, they shall not hold further hearings on a renewal application for the same matter by the same applicant or applicants, their successors or assigns, for a period of one year from and after denial thereof, except and unless they shall find and determine from the information supplied by a request for a rehearing, that changed conditions have occurred relating to the application and that a reconsideration is justified. If the rehearing is denied, the application shall not be reopened for at least one year from the date of the original action. (Ord. 1244-16 § 3 (Exh. A))