Chapter 17.76


17.76.010    Ordinance required.

17.76.020    Amendment procedures.

17.76.010 Ordinance required.

Any amendment to this title shall be initiated and adopted as other ordinances are amended or adopted. Any amendment to this title which changes any property from one zone to another zone or imposes any regulation upon property not theretofore imposed, or removes or modifies any such regulation, shall be initiated and adopted as hereinafter set forth in this chapter. [Ord. 1272 § 17-7-1, 1980.]

17.76.020 Amendment procedures.

A. Amendments may be initiated in the following manner:

1. By motion of the City Council or the Planning Commission;

2. By filing with the Planning Commission of a petition by the owner of property within the City, which petition shall be on a standard form prescribed by the Planning Commission and available from the City Planning Department;

3. A fee a specified in SMC 2.02.020 payable to the City at the time of filing of the petition shall be charged for advertising and mailing expenses.

B. Persons desiring a change in the zone classification or the boundaries of the zone, shall submit the petition carrying the signatures of not less than 51 percent of the owners of the property within 300 feet of the property lines of the petitioner. Either spouse may sign as owner. The signature shall indicate knowledge of, and not an endorsement of, the proposed change.

C. The Planning Commission shall hold a public hearing on any such amendments, supplement or modification of the ordinance, whether initiated by petition or motion. Notice of hearing and the nature of the proposed change shall be given by publication in the official newspaper of the City at least 10 days prior to the date of hearing. In addition, in all cases of change of boundaries or of zone classifications, all owners of property within 300 feet of the boundary lines of the property proposed to be changed shall be notified of the proposed change and the date of hearing by United States mail. Notice mailed to the last known address of the person making the last tax payment shall be deemed proper notice; provided, however, that in the case of a zone change affecting three or more parcels, that notice may be given by publication in all local newspapers published in the City for two consecutive weeks of the notice of hearing on the proposed change. The notice shall contain the date, time and place of the hearing, and also a map which indicates the place of the hearing, and also a map which indicates the area of the proposed change and the effects of the change. The date of last publication of the notice shall be at least 10 days before the date set for said hearing.

D. In recommending the adoption of any proposed amendment or in concurring with the City Council on any proposed amendment, the Planning Commission shall state fully its reasons at the public hearing before the City Council, describing any change in conditions that it believes makes the amendment advisable and in specifically setting forth why the Planning Commission is of the opinion that the amendment is in harmony with the purposes set forth in SMC 17.04.020.

E. Changes in the zoning or boundaries of zoning shall, insofar as possible, be consistent with the optimal land use map of the comprehensive plan as provided by State law. [Ord. 2172 § 1, 2007; Ord. 1767 § 1, 1991; Ord. 1426 § 1, 1983; Ord. 1334 § 1, 1981; Ord. 1272 § 17-7-2, 1980.]