Chapter 17.15


17.15.010    Purpose.

17.15.020    When required.

17.15.030    Application for Class (3) review.

17.15.040    Review procedures.

17.15.050    Notice of planning commission’s decision.

17.15.060    Issuance of a certificate of zoning review.

17.15.070    Appeals.

17.15.010 Purpose.

This chapter establishes procedures for issuance of a certificate of zoning review for uses requiring Class (3) review.  (Ord. 956(part), 1993)

17.15.020 When required.

Class (3) review is required for any proposed use shown on Table 4-1 as a Class (3) use; for Class (2) uses referred by the administrative official for Class (3) review; and for other specific reviews established by this title.  (Ord. 956(part), 1993)

17.15.030 Application for Class (3) review.

Applications for certificates of zoning review for Class (3) uses shall be made in writing to the fire department on forms supplied by the department.  A detailed site plan conforming to the provisions of Section 17.11.050 shall accompany the application for Class (3) review.  The fire department shall forward the application and site plan to the planning commission for review.  The fire department or planning commission may request any additional information necessary to clarify the application, or determine compliance with this title.  (Ord. 956(part), 1993)

17.15.040 Review procedures.

The following procedures will be followed for the review of Class (3) uses:

A.  Report of Fire Department.  The fire department shall distribute copies of the site plan to other affected departments, agencies, and jurisdictions for review and comment and shall coordinate and assemble the comments received.  These comments shall be included in a report prepared by the department summarizing the proposal and stating the department’s findings and recommendations.  At least seven calendar days prior to the scheduled hearing, copies of the building department’s report shall be filed with the planning commission, mailed to the applicant, and made available for public inspection.

B.  Public Hearing.  The fire department shall be responsible for assigning a date for, and assuring due notice of, a public hearing for each application.  Notice of the time and place of the public hearing shall be given as provided for in Table 11-2.  The planning commission shall hold at least one public hearing prior to rendering any decision.

The applicant shall appear in person or by agent or attorney.  Failure to do so may constitute sufficient cause for continuance of the hearing or denial of the application.  Other parties may appear in person or by agent or attorney, or may submit written documents.

C.  Planning Commission’s Decision.  Within ten days of the conclusion of a hearing, unless a longer period is agreed to on the record or in writing by the applicant, the planning commission shall render a written decision.  The planning commission may approve, deny, or conditionally approve the proposal.

D.  Conditional Approval.  The planning commission may attach conditions to their approval in order to assure the development is consistent with the intent of this title, the zoning district, the development standards and the other provisions of this title.

E.  Findings and Conclusions.  The planning commission shall prepare written findings and conclusions stating the specific reasons, and citing the specific chapters and sections of this title upon which its decision to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the issuance of a certificate of zoning review is based.  The findings shall demonstrate that the planning commission decision complies with the objectives of the Wapato urban area comprehensive plan, the intent of the zoning district, and the provisions and standards established herein.  (Ord. 956(part), 1993)

17.15.050 Notice of planning commission’s decision.

Copies of the planning commission’s decision shall be sent by certified mail to the applicant and by regular mail to other parties of record in the case not later than three working days following the rendering of a written decision by the planning commission.  (Ord. 956(part), 1993)

17.15.060 Issuance of a certificate of zoning review.

No use requiring review by the planning commission shall be entitled to a development permit until and unless the planning commission approves a final site plan and authorizes issuance of a certificate of zoning review.  The certificate of zoning review is not a building or development permit and does not by itself authorize the construction or occupancy of any use or structure.  (Ord. 956(part), 1993)

17.15.070 Appeals.

Decisions by the planning commission under Class (3) review may be appealed to the legislative body in accordance with Chapter 17.16.  (Ord. 956(part), 1993)