Division I. Environmental Policies

Chapter 16.04


16.04.010    Authority.

16.04.020    General requirements.

16.04.030    Additional definitions.

16.04.040    Designation of responsible official.

16.04.050    Lead agency determination and responsibilities.

16.04.060    Transfer of lead agency status to a state agency.

16.04.070    Additional timing considerations.

16.04.080    Categorical exemptions and threshold determinations – Purpose.

16.04.085    Categorical exemptions.

16.04.090    Use of exemptions.

16.04.100    Environmental checklist.

16.04.105    Repealed.

16.04.110    Mitigated DNS.

16.04.120    Environmental impact statement (EIS) – Purpose.

16.04.130    Preparation of EIS – Additional considerations.

16.04.140    Commenting – Purpose.

16.04.150    Repealed.

16.04.155    Public notice.

16.04.160    Designation of official to perform consulted agency responsibilities for the city.

16.04.170    Using existing environmental documents.

16.04.180    SEPA and agency decisions.

16.04.185    Appeals.

16.04.190    Substantive authority.

16.04.200    Notice – Statute of limitations.

16.04.210    Categorical exemptions.

16.04.220    Agency compliance.

16.04.230    Repealed.

16.04.235    Fees.

16.04.240    Forms – Adoption by reference.

16.04.250    Application of chapter 15.06 SMC.

16.04.260    Violation – Penalty.

16.04.010 Authority.

The city adopts the ordinance codified in this chapter under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), RCW 43.21C.120, and the SEPA Rules, WAC 197-11-904. This chapter contains the city’s SEPA procedures and policies. Hereafter the SEPA Rules, chapter 197-11 WAC shall be used in conjunction with this chapter. (Ord. 1261 § 1, 1984)

16.04.020 General requirements.

This section and SMC 16.04.030 through 16.04.060 of this chapter contain the basic requirements that apply to the SEPA process. The city adopts the following sections by reference:


197-11-020    (3)    Purpose.

197-11-030    Policy.

197-11-040    Definitions.

197-11-050    Lead agency.

197-11-055    Timing of the SEPA process.

197-11-060    Content of environmental review.

197-11-070    Limitations on actions during SEPA process.

197-11-080    Incomplete or unavailable information.

197-11-090    Supporting documents.

197-11-100    Information required of applicants.

197-11-158    GMA project review – Reliance on existing plans and regulations.

197-11-210    SEPA/GMA integration.

197-11-220    SEPA/GMA definitions.

197-11-228    Overall SEPA/GMA integration procedures.

197-11-230    Timing of an integrated GMA/SEPA process.

197-11-232    SEPA/GMA integration procedures for preliminary planning, environmental analysis, and expanded scoping.

197-11-235    Documents.

197-11-238    Monitoring.

197-11-250    SEPA/Model Toxics Control Act integration.

197-11-253    SEPA lead agency for MTCA actions.

197-11-256    Preliminary evaluation.

197-11-259    Determination of nonsignificance for MTCA remedial actions.

197-11-262    Determination of significance and EIS for MTCA remedial actions.

197-11-265    Early scoping for MTCA remedial actions.

197-11-268    MTCA interim actions.

(Ord. 1831 § 1, 1998: Ord. 1261 § 2, 1984)

16.04.030 Additional definitions.

A. In addition to those definitions contained within WAC 197-11-700 through 197-11-799, when used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context indicates otherwise:

1. “City” means the municipal corporation of the city of Sumner and all departments or divisions thereof.

2. “City council” means the city council of the city of Sumner.

3. “Department” means any division, subdivision or organizational unit of the city established by ordinance, resolution, rule or order.

4. “Early notice” means the city’s response to an applicant stating whether it considers issuance of a determination of significance likely for the applicant’s proposal.

5. “Ordinance” means the ordinance, resolution or other procedure used by the city to adopt regulatory requirements.

6. “Proponent” means an agency or private applicant proposing an action subject to SEPA.

7. “SEPA rules” means chapter 197-11 WAC adopted by the Department of Ecology as now or hereafter amended.

8. “Technical committee” means the technical committee of the city of Sumner as appointed by the mayor.

B. This subsection contains uniform usage and definitions of terms under SEPA. The city adopts the following sections by reference, as supplemented by WAC 173-806-040 and this chapter:


197-11-700    Definitions.

197-11-702    Act.

197-11-704    Action.

197-11-706    Addendum.

197-11-708    Adoption.

197-11-710    Affected tribe.

197-11-712    Affecting.

197-11-714    Agency.

197-11-716    Applicant.

197-11-718    Built environment.

197-11-720    Categorical exemption.

197-11-721    Closed record appeal.

197-11-722    Consolidated appeal.

197-11-724    Consulted agency.

197-11-726    Cost-benefit analysis.

197-11-728    County/city.

197-11-730    Decision maker.

197-11-732    Department.

197-11-734    Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).

197-11-736    Determination of significance (DS).

197-11-738    EIS.

197-11-740    Environment.

197-11-742    Environmental checklist.

197-11-744    Environmental document.

197-11-746    Environmental review.

197-11-748    Environmentally sensitive area.

197-11-750    Expanded scoping.

197-11-752    Impacts.

197-11-754    Incorporation by reference.

197-11-756    Lands covered by water.

197-11-758    Lead agency.

197-11-760    License.

197-11-762    Local agency.

197-11-764    Major action.

197-11-766    Mitigated DNS.

197-11-768    Mitigation.

197-11-770    Natural environment.

197-11-772    NEPA.

197-11-774    Nonproject.

197-11-775    Open record hearing.

197-11-776    Phased review.

197-11-778    Preparation.

197-11-780    Private project.

197-11-782    Probable.

197-11-784    Proposal.

197-11-786    Reasonable alternative.

197-11-788    Responsible official.

197-11-790    SEPA.

197-11-792    Scope.

197-11-793    Scoping.

197-11-794    Significant.

197-11-796    State agency.

197-11-797    Threshold determination.

197-11-799    Underlying governmental action.

(Ord. 1831 § 2, 1998; Ord. 1642 § 1, 1994; Ord. 1261 §§ 3, 21, 1984)

16.04.040 Designation of responsible official.

For those proposals for which the city is the lead agency, the responsible official shall be the community development director.

A. For all proposals for which the city is the lead agency, the responsible official shall make the threshold determination, supervise scoping and preparation of any required environmental impact statement (EIS), and perform any other functions assigned to the lead agency or responsible official by those sections of the SEPA rules that were adopted by reference in WAC 173-806-020.

B. The city shall retain all documents required by the SEPA rules (chapter 197-11 WAC) and make them available in accordance with chapter 42.17 RCW. (Ord. 1695 § 1, 1995: Ord. 1261 § 4, 1984)

16.04.050 Lead agency determination and responsibilities.

A. The department within the city receiving an application for or initiating a proposal that involves a nonexempt action shall determine the lead agency for that proposal under WAC 197-11-050 and 197-11-922 through 197-11-940, unless the lead agency has been previously determined or the department is aware that another department or agency is in the process of determining the lead agency.

B. When the city is the lead agency for a proposal, the department receiving the application shall forward it to the responsible official who shall supervise compliance with the threshold determination requirements, and if an EIS is necessary, shall supervise preparation of the EIS.

C. When the city is not the lead agency for a proposal, all departments of the city shall use and consider, as appropriate, either the DNS or the final EIS of the lead agency in making decisions on the proposal. No department shall prepare or require preparation of a DNS or EIS in addition to that prepared by the lead agency, unless required under WAC 197-11-600. In some cases, the city may conduct supplemental environmental review under WAC 197-11-600.

D. If the city or any of its departments receives a lead agency determination made by another agency that appears inconsistent with the criteria of WAC 197-11-922 through 197-11-940, it may object to the determination. Any objection must be made to the agency originally making the determination and resolved within 15 days of receipt of the determination, or the city must petition the department of ecology for a lead agency determination under WAC 197-11-946 within a 15-day period. Any such petition on behalf of city may be initiated by the responsible official.

E. The city is authorized to make agreements as to lead agency status or shared lead agency duties for a proposal under WAC 197-11-942 and 197-11-944; provided, that the responsible official that will incur responsibilities as the result of such agreement approves the agreement.

F. When the city makes a lead agency determination for a private project it shall require sufficient information from the applicant to identify which other agencies have jurisdiction over the proposal. (Ord. 1642 §§ 2, 3, 1994; Ord. 1261 § 5, 1984)

16.04.060 Transfer of lead agency status to a state agency.

For any proposal for a private project where the city would be the lead agency and for which one or more state agencies have jurisdiction, the responsible official may elect to transfer the lead agency duties to a state agency. The state agency with jurisdiction appearing first on the priority listing in WAC 197-11-936 shall be the lead agency and the city shall be an agency with jurisdiction. To transfer lead agency duties, the responsible official must transmit a notice of the transfer together with any relevant information available on the proposal to the appropriate state agency with jurisdiction. The responsible official shall also give notice of the transfer to the private applicant and any other agencies with jurisdiction over the proposal. (Ord. 1261 § 6, 1984)

16.04.070 Additional timing considerations.

If the city’s only action on a proposal is a decision on a building permit or other license that requires detailed project plans and specifications, the applicant may request in writing that the city conduct environmental review prior to submission of the detailed plans and specifications. (Ord. 1695 § 2, 1995: Ord. 1261 § 7, 1984)

16.04.080 Categorical exemptions and threshold determinations – Purpose.

This section and SMC 16.04.085, 16.04.090, 16.04.100, and 16.04.110 of this chapter contain rules for deciding whether a proposal has a probable significant, adverse environmental impact requiring an environmental impact statement (EIS) to be prepared. This section and SMC 16.04.085, 16.04.090, 16.04.100, and 16.04.110 also contain rules for evaluating the impacts of proposals not requiring an EIS. The city adopts the following sections by reference:


197-11-300    Purpose of this part.

197-11-310    Threshold determination required.

197-11-315    Environmental checklist.

197-11-330    Threshold determination process.

197-11-335    Additional information.

197-11-340    Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).

197-11-350    Mitigated DNS.

197-11-355    Optional DNS process.

197-11-360    Determination of significance (DS/initiation of scoping.

197-11-390    Effects of threshold determination.

(Ord. 1831 § 3, 1998: Ord. 1671 § 1, 1995; Ord. 1642 § 4, 1994; Ord. 1261 § 8, 1984)

16.04.085 Categorical exemptions.

A. If a proposal fits within any of the provisions in WAC 197-11-800, the proposal shall be categorically exempt from threshold determination requirements except as follows:

1. The proposal is not exempt under WAC 197-11-908, environmentally sensitive areas.

2. The proposal is a segment of a proposal that includes:

a. A series of actions, physically or functionally related to each other, some of which are categorically exempt and some of which are not; or

b. A series of exempt actions that are physically or functionally related to each other, and that together may have a probable significant adverse environmental impact in the judgement of an agency with jurisdiction. If so, that agency shall be the lead agency, unless the agencies with jurisdiction agree that another agency should be the lead agency. Agencies may petition the Department of Ecology to resolve disputes.

For such proposals, the agency or applicant may proceed with the exempt aspects of the proposals, prior to conducting environmental review, if the requirements of WAC 197-11-070 are met.

3. The proposal is subject to the threshold requirements pursuant to another land use or environmental regulation in order to address site specific impacts which cannot be anticipated prior to the proposal.

B. An agency is not required to document that a proposal is categorically exempt. Agencies may note on an application that a proposal is categorically exempt or place such a determination in agency files.

C. If the proposal is within the East Sumner Neighborhood Planned Action area and within threshold criteria adopted by the ordinance codified in this section for the East Sumner Neighborhood Plan, the proposal shall be categorically exempt from threshold determination requirements. (Ord. 2776 § 2, 2021; Ord. 1671 § 2, 1995)

16.04.090 Use of exemptions.

A. Each department within the city that receives an application for a license or, in the case of governmental proposals, the department initiating the proposal, shall determine whether the license and/or the proposal is exempt. The department’s determination that a proposal is exempt shall be final and not subject to administrative review. If a proposal is exempt, none of the procedural requirements of this chapter apply to the proposal. The city shall not require completion of an environmental checklist for an exempt proposal.

B. In determining whether or not a proposal is exempt, the department shall make certain the proposal is properly defined and shall identify the governmental licenses required (WAC 197-11-060). If a proposal includes exempt and nonexempt actions, the department shall determine the lead agency, even if the license application that triggers the department’s consideration is exempt.

C. If a proposal includes both exempt and nonexempt actions, the city may authorize exempt actions prior to compliance with the procedural requirements of this chapter, except that as authorized in WAC 197-11-070:

1. A department may withhold approval of an exempt action that would lead to modification of the physical environment, when such modification would serve no purpose if nonexempt action(s) were not approved; and

2. A department may withhold approval of exempt actions that would lead to substantial financial expenditures by a private applicant when the expenditures would serve no purpose if nonexempt action(s) were not approved. (Ord. 1261 § 9, 1984)

16.04.100 Environmental checklist.

A. A completed environmental checklist (or a copy), in the form provided in WAC 197-11-960, shall be filed at the same time as an application for a permit, license, certificate or other approval not specifically exempted in this chapter; except, a checklist is not needed if the city and applicant agree an EIS is required, SEPA compliance has been completed, or SEPA compliance has been initiated by another agency. The city shall use the environmental checklist to determine the lead agency and, if the city is the lead agency, for determining the responsible official and for making the threshold determination.

B. For private proposals, the city will require the applicant to complete the environmental checklist, providing assistance as necessary. For city proposals, the department initiating the proposal shall complete the environmental checklist for that proposal.

C. The city may require that it, and not the private applicant, will complete all or part of the environmental checklist for a private proposal, if either of the following occurs:

1. The city has technical information on a question or questions that is unavailable to the private applicant; or

2. The applicant has provided inaccurate information on previous proposals or on proposals currently under consideration. (Ord. 1261 § 10, 1984)

16.04.105 Complete application and 90-day time frame for threshold determinations.

Repealed by Ord. 1695. (Ord. 1642 § 5, 1994)

16.04.110 Mitigated DNS.

A. As provided in this section and in WAC 197-11-350, the responsible official may issue a DNS based on conditions attached to the proposal by the responsible official or on changes to, or clarifications of, the proposal made by the applicant.

B. An applicant may request in writing early notice of whether a DS is likely under WAC 197-11-350. The request must:

1. Follow submission of a permit application and environmental checklist for a nonexempt proposal for which the department is lead agency; and

2. Precede the city’s actual threshold determination for the proposal.

C. The responsible official should respond to the request for early notice within 15 working days. The response shall:

1. Be written;

2. State whether the city currently considers issuance of a DS likely and, if so, indicate the general or specific area(s) of concern that is/are leading the city to consider a DS; and

3. State that the applicant may change or clarify the proposal to mitigate the indicated impacts, revising the environmental checklist and/or permit application as necessary to reflect the changes or clarifications.

D. As much as possible, the city should assist the applicant with identification of impacts to the extent necessary to formulate mitigation measures.

E. When an applicant submits a changed or clarified proposal, along with a revised or amended environmental checklist, the city shall base its threshold determination on the changed or clarified proposal and should make the determination within 15 days of receiving the changed or clarified proposal:

1. If the city indicated specific mitigation measures in its response to the request for early notice, and the applicant changed or clarified the proposal to include those specific mitigation measures, to remove all negative impacts, the city shall issue and circulate a DNS under WAC 197-11-340(2).

2. If the city indicated areas of concern, but did not indicate specific mitigation measures that would allow it to issue a DNS, the city shall make the threshold determination, issuing a DNS or DS as appropriate.

3. The applicant’s proposed mitigation measures (clarifications, changes or conditions) must be in writing and must be specific. For example, proposals to “control noise” or “prevent stormwater runoff” are inadequate, whereas proposals to “muffle machinery to X decibel” or “construct 200-foot stormwater retention pond at Y location” are adequate.

4. Mitigation measures which justify issuance of a mitigated DNS may be incorporated in the DNS by reference to agency staff reports, studies or other documents.

F. Mitigated DNSs issued under either WAC 197-11-340(2), which requires a 14-day comment period and public notice, or WAC 197-11-355(5), which may require no additional comment period beyond the comment period on the notice of application.

G. Mitigation measures incorporated in the mitigated DNS shall be deemed conditions of approval of the permit decision and may be enforced in the same manner as any term or condition of the permit, or enforced in any manner specifically prescribed by the city.

H. If the city’s decision on a permit or approval does not include mitigation measures that were incorporated in a mitigated DNS for the proposal, the city should evaluate the threshold determination to assure consistency with WAC 197-11-340(3) (withdrawal of DNS).

I. The city’s written response under subsection C2 of this section shall not be construed as determination of significance. In addition, preliminary discussion of clarifications or changes to a proposal, as opposed to a written request for early notice, shall not bind the city to consider the clarifications or changes in its threshold determination. (Ord. 1831 § 4, 1998; Ord. 1642 § 6, 1994; Ord. 1261 § 11, 1984)

16.04.120 Environmental impact statement (EIS) – Purpose.

This section and SMC 16.04.130 contain rules for preparing environmental impact statements. The city adopts the following sections by reference as supplemented by this section and SMC 16.04.130:


197-11-400    Purpose of EIS.

197-11-402    General requirements.

197-11-405    EIS types.

197-11-406    EIS timing.

197-11-408    Scoping.

197-11-410    Expanded scoping.

197-11-420    EIS preparation.

197-11-425    Style and size.

197-11-430    Format.

197-11-435    Cover letter or memo.

197-11-440    EIS contents.

197-11-442    Contents of EIS on nonproject proposals.

197-11-443    EIS contents when prior nonproject EIS.

197-11-444    Elements of the environment.

197-11-448    Relationship of EIS to other considerations.

197-11-450    Cost-benefit analysis.

197-11-455    Issuance of DEIS.

197-11-460    Issuance of FEIS.

(Ord. 1261 § 12, 1984)

16.04.130 Preparation of EIS – Additional considerations.

A. Preparation of draft and final EISs (DEIS and FEIS) and draft and final supplemental EISs (SEIS) is the responsibility of the responsible official. Before the city issues an EIS, the responsible official shall be satisfied that it complies with this chapter and chapter 197-11 WAC.

B. The DEIS and FEIS or draft and final SEIS shall be prepared by city staff, the applicant or by a consultant selected by the city or the applicant. If the responsible official requires an EIS for a proposal and determines that someone other than the city will prepare the EIS, the responsible official shall notify the applicant immediately after completion of the threshold determination. The responsible official shall also notify the applicant of the city’s procedure for EIS preparation, including approval of the DEIS and FEIS prior to distribution.

C. The city may require an applicant to provide information the city does not possess, including specific investigations. However, the applicant is not required to supply information that is not required under this chapter or that is being requested from another agency. (This does not apply to information the city may request under another ordinance or statute.) (Ord. 1261 § 13, 1984)

16.04.140 Commenting – Purpose.

This section and SMC 16.04.150 and 16.04.160 contain rules for consulting, commenting and responding on all environmental documents under SEPA, including rules for public notice and hearings. The city adopts the following sections by reference, as supplemented in this section and SMC 16.04.150 and 16.04.160:


197-11-500    Purpose of this part.

197-11-502    Inviting comment.

197-11-504    Availability and cost of environmental documents.

197-11-508    SEPA register.

197-11-535    Public hearings and meetings.

197-11-545    Effect of no comment.

197-11-550    Specificity of comments.

197-11-560    FEIS response to comments.

197-11-570    Consulted agency costs to assist lead agency.

(Ord. 1642 § 7, 1994; Ord. 1261 § 14, 1984)

16.04.150 Public notice.

Repealed by Ord. 1695. (Ord. 1642 § 8, 1994; Ord. 1261 § 15, 1984)

16.04.155 Public notice.

Public notice is required for all projects subject to the procedural requirements of this division. Notice shall be provided consistent with chapter 18.56 SMC and the Washington Administrative Code. (Ord. 1695 § 5, 1995)

16.04.160 Designation of official to perform consulted agency responsibilities for the city.

A. The responsible official shall be responsible for the preparation of written comments for the city in response to a consultation request prior to a threshold determination, participation in scoping, and reviewing a DEIS.

B. The responsible official shall be responsible for the city’s compliance with WAC 197-11-550 whenever the city is a consulted agency and is authorized to develop operating procedures that will ensure that responses to consultation requests are prepared in a timely fashion and include data from all appropriate departments of the city. (Ord. 1695 § 6, 1995: Ord. 1261 § 16, 1984)

16.04.170 Using existing environmental documents.

This section contains rules for using and supplementing existing environmental documents prepared under SEPA or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the city’s own environmental compliance. The city adopts the following sections by reference:


197-11-164    Planned actions – Definition and criteria.

197-11-168    Ordinances or resolutions designating planned actions – Procedures for adoption.

197-11-172    Planned actions – Project review.

197-11-600    When to use existing environmental documents.

197-11-610    Use of NEPA documents.

197-11-620    Supplemental environmental impact statement – Procedures.

197-11-625    Addenda – Procedures.

197-11-630    Adoption – Procedures.

197-11-635    Incorporation by reference – Procedures.

197-11-640    Combining documents.

(Ord. 1831 § 5, 1998: Ord. 1642 § 9, 1994; Ord. 1261 § 17, 1984)

16.04.180 SEPA and agency decisions.

This section and SMC 16.04.190 and 16.04.200 contain rules (and policies) for SEPA’s substantive authority, such as decisions to mitigate or reject proposals as a result of SEPA. This section and SMC 16.04.190 and 16.04.200 also contain procedures for appealing SEPA determinations to agencies or the courts. The city adopts the following sections by reference:


197-11-650    Purpose of this part.

197-11-655    Implementation.

197-11-660    Substantive authority and mitigation.

197-11-680    Appeals.

(Ord. 1261 § 18, 1984)

16.04.185 Appeals.

A. The city establishes the following administrative appeal procedures under RCW 43.21C.075 and WAC 197-11-680:

1. Project Permits. Any agency or person may appeal the city’s procedural compliance with chapter 197-11 WAC for issuance of the following (the appeal must be made to the city’s hearing examiner within 14 days of the date of issuance). A decision involving a SEPA determination of nonsignificance which required public comments shall have the appeal period extended an additional seven days:

a. A final DNS;

b.  A DS; or

c. A final EIS.

2. Legislative Proposals. There is no administrative appeal of a DNS, DS or final EIS adequacy associated with a legislative decision.

3. For any administrative appeal under this section, the city shall provide for a record that shall consist of the following:

a. Findings and conclusions;

b. Testimony under oath; and

c. A taped or written transcript.

4. The procedural determination by the city’s responsible official shall carry substantial weight in any appeal proceeding.

B. The city shall give official notice under WAC 197-11-680(5) whenever it issues a permit or approval for which a statute or ordinance establishes a time limit for commencing judicial appeal. (Ord. 2691 § 4, 2019)

16.04.190 Substantive authority.

A. The policies and goals set forth in this chapter are supplementary to those in the existing authorization of the city.

B. The city may attach conditions to a permit or approval for a proposal so long as:

1. Such conditions are necessary to mitigate specific probable adverse environmental impacts identified in environmental documents prepared pursuant to this chapter; and

2. Such conditions are in writing; and

3. The mitigation measures included in such conditions are reasonable and capable of being accomplished; and

4. The city has considered whether other local, state or federal mitigation measures applied to the proposal are sufficient to mitigate the identified impacts; and

5. Such conditions are based on one or more policies in subsection D of this section and cited in the license or other decision document.

C. The city may deny a permit or approval for a proposal on the basis of SEPA so long as:

1. A finding is made that approving the proposal would result in probable significant adverse environmental impacts that are identified in a FEIS or final SEIS prepared pursuant to this chapter; and

2. A finding is made that there are no reasonable mitigation measures capable of being accomplished that are sufficient to mitigate the identified impact; and

3. The denial is based on one or more policies identified in subsection D of this section and identified in writing in the decision document.

D. The city designates and adopts by reference the following policies as the basis for the city’s exercise of authority pursuant to this section:

1. The city shall use all practicable means, consistent with other essential considerations of state policy, to improve and coordinate plans, functions, programs and resources to the end that the state and its citizens may:

a. Fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee of the environment for succeeding generations,

b. Assure for all people of Washington safe, healthful, productive and aesthetically and culturally pleasing surroundings,

c. Attain the widest range of beneficial uses of the environment without degradation, risk to health or safety or other undesirable and unintended consequences,

d. Preserve important historic, cultural and natural aspects of our national heritage,

e. Maintain, wherever possible, an environment which supports diversity and variety of individual choice,

f. Achieve a balance between population and resource use which will permit high standards of living and a wide sharing of life’s amenities, and

g. Enhance the quality of renewable resources and approach the maximum attainable recycling of depletable resources.

E. The city recognizes that each person has a fundamental and inalienable right to a healthful environment and that each person has a responsibility to contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the environment.

F. The city adopts by reference all policies of the city in its existing codes, ordinances and resolutions, as now existing or hereafter amended, including but not limited to: Sumner comprehensive plan, zoning code, International Building Code, International Fire Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, shoreline management master program, floodplain management code, subdivision code, six-year transportation improvement program, comprehensive transportation plan, stormwater comprehensive plan, water and sewer utility regulations, park and open space plan, comprehensive water plan, 2012 International Energy Conservation Code/Washington State Energy Code, regulations for manufactured housing, downtown parking strategy, cemetery master plan, urban forestry strategy, urban design strategy, Sumner/Pacific Trails Plan, SEPA mitigation rate studies, East Main Street design strategy, and the Town Center Plan. (Ord. 2439 § 17, 2013; Ord. 2147 § 1, 2005: Ord. 2015 § 3, 2002: Ord. 1911 § 1, 1999; Ord. 1831 § 6, 1998; Ord. 1642 § 10, 1994; Ord. 1584 § 1, 1993; Ord. 1261 § 19, 1984)

16.04.200 Notice – Statute of limitations.

A. The city, applicant for, or proponent of an action may publish a notice of action pursuant to RCW 43.21C.080 for any action.

B. The form of the notice shall be substantially in the form provided in WAC 197-11-990. The notice shall be published by the city, applicant or proponent pursuant to RCW 43.21C.080. (Ord. 1642 § 11, 1994; Ord. 1261 § 20, 1984)

16.04.210 Categorical exemptions.

The city adopts by reference the following rules for categorical exemptions:


197-11-800    Categorical exemptions.

197-11-880    Emergencies.

197-11-890    Petitioning DOE to change exemptions.

(Ord. 1261 § 22, 1984)

16.04.220 Agency compliance.

This section and SMC 16.04.230 contain rules for agency compliance with SEPA, including rules for charging fees under the SEPA process, listing agencies with environmental expertise, selecting the lead agency, and applying these rules to current agency activities. The city adopts the following sections by reference:


197-11-900    Purpose of this part.

197-11-902    Agency SEPA policies.

197-11-916    Application to ongoing actions.

197-11-920    Agencies with environmental expertise.

197-11-922    Lead agency rules.

197-11-924    Determining the lead agency.

197-11-926    Lead agency for governmental proposals.

197-11-928    Lead agency for public and private proposals.

197-11-930    Lead agency for private projects with one agency with jurisdiction.

197-11-932    Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from more than one agency, when one of the agencies is a county/city.

197-11-934    Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from a local agency, not a county/city, and one or more state agencies.

197-11-936    Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from more than one state agency.

197-11-938    Lead agencies for specific proposals.

197-11-940    Transfer of lead agency status to a state agency.

197-11-942    Agreements on lead agency status.

197-11-944    Agreements on division of lead agency duties.

197-11-946    DOE resolution of lead agency disputes.

197-11-948    Assumption of lead agency status.

(Ord. 1831 § 7, 1998: Ord. 1261 § 23, 1984)

16.04.230 Fees.

Repealed by Ord. 1695. (Ord. 1642 § 12, 1994; Ord. 1261 § 24, 1984)

16.04.235 Fees.

The fees for compliance with this division are established in chapter 18.56 SMC, Procedures for Land Use Permits. (Ord. 1695 § 8, 1995)

16.04.240 Forms – Adoption by reference.

The city adopts the following forms and sections by reference:


197-11-960    Environmental checklist.

197-11-965    Adoption notice.

197-11-970    Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).

197-11-980    Determination of significance and scoping notice (DS).

197-11-985    Notice of assumption of lead agency status.

197-11-990    Notice of action.

(Ord. 1642 § 13, 1994; Ord. 1261 § 25, 1984)

16.04.250 Application of chapter 15.06 SMC.

The provisions of chapter 15.06 SMC shall apply to this chapter. (Ord. 1782 § 31 (part), 1996)

16.04.260 Violation – Penalty.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the penalty provisions of SMC 15.06.070 and 15.06.110. (Ord. 1782 § 31 (part), 1996)