Chapter 18.40
DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES

Sections:

18.40.010    Purpose.

18.40.020    Types of review.

18.40.030    Procedures.

18.40.040    Design guidelines adopted.

18.40.050    Compliance.

18.40.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish the types of developments which shall be subject to design review pursuant to the adopted design guidelines. Further, the chapter shall establish the design guidelines for the city of Sumner. (Ord. 1694 § 1, 1995)

18.40.020 Types of review.

A. All development which falls under the thresholds provided in this section shall be subject to design review as provided for in chapter 18.56 SMC, Procedures for Land Use Permits.

B. The following types of projects shall require design review according to the procedures for Type III.b decisions, chapter 18.56 SMC, Procedures for Land Use Permits:

1. Sign permits for permanent signs which are regulated by the design guidelines.

2. Accessory units in residential zones.

3. Building permits for exterior renovations on commercial, multifamily, light and heavy manufacturing, or mixed-use structures, including, but not limited to, new awnings, alterations to exterior treatments, changes to windows and doors, and similar activities which do not increase the square footage more than a minimal amount.

4. Accessory structures associated with multifamily developments and containing no residential units.

5. Any new or reconfigured accessory parking.

6. Structures constructed under the traditional community design option development standards shall comply with regulations outlined in SMC 18.12.090.

7. Minor amendments to previous permits involving Type III.c or VI.b decisions.

8. Structures constructed under the LDR-4 property development standards per SMC 18.12.075.

9. The conceptual approval at subdivision stage of an industrial park.

10. Any new light or heavy manufacturing development.

11. Any new parking lot.

12. Any new commercial development with total building(s) gross floor area less than 5,000 square feet.

C. The following types of projects shall require design review according to the procedures for Type III.c decisions, chapter 18.56 SMC, Procedures for Land Use Permits:

1. Any multiplex or multifamily development, including apartments and attached condominiums, which exceeds the threshold of subsection (B)(3) of this section.

2. Any new commercial development which exceeds the threshold of subsection (B)(12) of this section.

3. Any construction of a principal or attached accessory structure or structures within a neighborhood commercial zone.

4. Any mixed-use development which exceeds the threshold of subsection (B)(3) of this section.

5. Any new private or public parking garage.

D. The following types of projects shall require design review according to the procedures for Type VI.b decisions, chapter 18.56 SMC, Procedures for Land Use Permits:

1. Planned residential developments, excluding those with a single-family subdivision containing no uses subject to the city of Sumner design and development guidelines.

2. Planned mixed-use developments. (Ord. 2555 § 1, 2016: Ord. 2147 § 16, 2005: Ord. 2134 § 26, 2005: Ord. 1904 §§ 1, 2, 1999; Ord. 1803 § 7, 1997; Ord. 1739 § 7, 1996; Ord. 1694 § 1, 1995)

18.40.030 Procedures.

The procedures for design review shall be as provided in chapter 18.56 SMC, Procedures for Land Use Permits. The director, hearing examiner, and city council shall be responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the design guidelines as provided for under chapter 18.56 SMC. The design commission, as established by ordinance, shall be advisory to the director, hearing examiner, and city council. (Ord. 1694 § 1, 1995)

18.40.040 Design guidelines adopted.

The following documents shall be utilized in design review as appropriate to the proposed developments listed in SMC 18.40.020.

A. The city hereby adopts the design guidelines published in the “City of Sumner Design and Development Guidelines” which shall be applied to the developments as listed in SMC 18.40.020, except for the uses in SMC 18.40.020(B)(2) and 18.40.020(C)(4).

B. For review of accessory dwelling units indicated in SMC 18.40.020(B)(2), the provisions of SMC 18.08.030(A), 18.10.030(A), and 18.12.030(A) shall apply as appropriate to the base district.

C. For review of uses pursuant to SMC 18.40.020(C)(4), the goals and policies of the community character element of the Sumner comprehensive plan shall be utilized. (Ord. 1694 § 1, 1995)

18.40.050 Compliance.

No permit for construction or a use subject to these design guidelines shall be issued until the plans are in compliance with the guidelines. All such developments shall be in compliance with the guidelines upon occupancy. All such developments shall be maintained in compliance for the life of the structure. The director may allow bonds or other guarantees to ensure the completion of a project consistent with approved plans. (Ord. 1694 § 1, 1995)