Chapter 19.24


19.24.010    Application requirements.

19.24.020    Administrative review.

19.24.030    Short plat improvements – Surety – Time limit.

19.24.040    Short plat survey requirements.

19.24.050    Short plat final approval – Recording.

19.24.010 Application requirements.

A. Preapplication Conference. Prior to the filing of a short plat application, the developer shall confer with the director or his or her designee and submit a sketch of the proposed division. The director shall advise the developer as to procedure, conformity to applicable ordinances and comprehensive plan policies.

B. Short plats require a Level II review.

C. Application for Short Plat. Application for short plat approval shall consist of the following:

1. An application form, completed and signed by the property owner or authorized agent;

2. Copies of the preliminary short plat in such number and format requested by the department prepared in accordance with Chapter 19.40, Required Information;

3. The application shall be accompanied by the required filing fee;

4. A certificate verifying ownership of and encumbrances on the property; and

5. A completed SEPA environmental checklist and accompanying fee, unless the director determines that the short plat is categorically exempt. (Ord. 2023-08 § 1, 2023; Ord. 2020-51 § 5, 2020; Ord. 2008-06 § 9, 2008: Ord. 98-42 § 1(part), 1998: Ord. 94-11 § 1(part), 1994).

19.24.020 Administrative review.

A. Review Procedure. The department shall distribute the preliminary short plat application to the site plan review committee (SPRC) upon issuance of a determination of completeness. Short plat applications shall be reviewed by the SPRC. The department will provide notice as provided in Chapter 20.14 of this code.

B. Technical Review. The director shall consider the application materials, the SPRC recommendations, and any comments submitted upon the proposal and determine whether the proposal conforms to policies, standards and accepted design principles for the following:

1. Consistency with the comprehensive plan and municipal code;

2. Appropriate provisions for the factors enumerated in RCW 58.17.110 within and around the proposed short plat;

3. Adequate means of ingress and egress to the proposed lots in accordance with the provisions of this code;

4. Appropriateness of the site, scale, and density of development;

5. Maximization of green space within a plat and minimization of the impact of development upon views;

6. Energy usage requirements and maximization of energy efficiency; and

7. Mitigation of probable adverse environmental impacts.

C. The director may waive strict compliance with the requirements of this title applicable to a short plat upon the following conditions:

1. The short plat consists of less than five parcels which are large enough to be redivided or subdivided by appropriate application into more standard sized lots where allowed by the particular zoning district and where consistent with the policies of the comprehensive plan;

2. The short plat is consistent with the comprehensive plan and zoning code, and the granting of the waiver will not be materially detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to the property or improvements in the vicinity and zone in which the subject property is situated;

3. The short plat is not inconsistent with the general intent and purpose of this title, and the waiver does not constitute a grant of special privilege inconsistent with the limitation upon uses of other properties in the vicinity and zone in which the property on behalf of which the application was filed is located;

4. The waiver is necessary, because of special circumstances relating to the size, shape, topography, location, or surroundings of the subject property, to provide it with use rights and privileges permitted to other properties in the vicinity and in the zone in which the subject property is located; and

5. Written findings and conclusions are made which state the reasons for the waiver and determine that appropriate provisions are made in substitute for any and all waived requirements.

D. Director’s Decision. Upon completion of technical review, the director shall give notice of the decision to approve, conditionally approve or disapprove the proposed short plat in accordance with the procedures set forth in this code. (Ord. 2012-09 § 13, 2012: Ord. 2008-06 § 10, 2008: Ord. 98-42 § 1(part), 1998: Ord. 94-11 § 1(part), 1994).

19.24.030 Short plat improvements – Surety – Time limit.

A. Public facility improvements which may be required in short plats shall be completed prior to final short plat certification and recording unless engineered improvement plans with adequate surety is provided in the same manner and standards as required for subdivisions in Chapter 19.18; except that all improvements covered by surety shall be completed within one year of recording the short plat. Failure to complete the required public facility improvements within five years from the date of issuance of the notice of decision on the short plat shall cause such short plat approval to expire.

B. Improvement plans along with the completed short plat map shall be submitted to the director not later than six months following the date of conditional approval granted under Section 19.24.020(D). (Ord. 2020-51 § 5, 2020; Ord. 98-42 § 1(part), 1998: Ord. 94-11 § 1(part), 1994).

19.24.040 Short plat survey requirements.

Survey requirements pertaining to the surveyor’s certificate, survey data and control monumentation shall be as provided for “Final Plats” in Section 19.18.030 and Chapter 19.40, Table of Required Information, of this title. (Ord. 98-42 § 1(part), 1998: Ord. 94-11 § 1(part), 1994).

19.24.050 Short plat final approval – Recording.

Upon receipt of the completed short plat which meets all requirements of this chapter, the director shall certify approval of the short plat. The approved short plat is returned to the applicant who shall then record the original with the county auditor. The short plat is not a legal division of land until it has been recorded. (Ord. 2019-38 § 4, 2019: Ord. 98-42 § 1(part), 1998: Ord. 94-11 § 1(part), 1994).