Chapter 2.12


2.12.010    Membership – Terms.

2.12.020    Powers and duties.

2.12.030    Recommendations to council.

2.12.040    Policy and legislative review.

2.12.050    Secretary.

2.12.060    Quorum.

2.12.010 Membership – Terms.

Pursuant to the authority conferred by Chapter 35.63 RCW, there is created a city planning commission, consisting of seven members who shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. Up to two of the members may be either residents or nonresidents of the city, but shall reside within the urban growth area boundary of the city, and the remaining five shall be residents of the city.

The term of office of the seven members appointed by the mayor shall be four years; provided, that the initial terms of planning commission members shall be staggered to two and four years, and thereafter the terms of all members shall be four years. (Ord. 1810 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 1639 § 1, 2009; Ord. 1451 § 1, 2003; Ord. 1266 § 1, 1997; Ord. 648 § 1, 1977; Ord. 629 § 1, 1977; Ord. 284 § 1, 1962; Ord. 205 § 1, 1955)

2.12.020 Powers and duties.

The planning commission shall have all the powers of and perform each and all the duties specified by Chapter 35.63 RCW, together with any other duties or authority which may hereafter be conferred upon it by the laws of the state, the performance of such duties and exercise of such authority to be subject to each and all the limitations expressed in such legislative enactment or enactments. The intent of this section is that planning commission review legislative proposals and shall review and make recommendations on application types as found in Table 18.94-1. (Ord. 1810 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 1451 § 1, 2003; Ord. 205 § 2, 1955)

2.12.030 Recommendations to council.

The city council may refer to the planning commission, for its recommendation and report, any ordinance, resolution or other proposal relating to any of the matters and subjects referred to in Chapter 35.63 RCW, and the commission shall promptly report to the council thereof, making such recommendations and giving such counsel as it may deem proper in the premises. (Ord. 1810 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 1451 § 1, 2003; Ord. 205 § 3, 1955)

2.12.040 Policy and legislative review.

All rezone applications and revisions or rescissions of agreements concomitant to rezones shall be heard by the planning commission and a recommendation forwarded to city council. The planning commission shall also hear and process a recommendation to city council on legislative items such as vision statements, comprehensive plan amendments, code amendments and other items identified at Table 18.94-1. (Ord. 1810 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 1451 § 1, 2003; Ord. 205 § 4, 1955)

2.12.050 Secretary.

The planning commission may designate one of the members to act as secretary without salary or, if requested by the commission, the city manager may designate a member of the paid staff of the city to serve as secretary, who shall serve without additional compensation. (Ord. 1904 § 1 (Exh. A), 2020; Ord. 1810 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 1451 § 1, 2003; Ord. 205 § 5, 1955)

2.12.060 Quorum.

A majority of the appointed membership of the planning commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Any action taken by a majority of those present when those present constitute a quorum, at any regular or special meeting of the planning commission, shall be deemed and taken as the action of the commission. (Ord. 1810 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 1451 § 1, 2003; Ord. 509 § 1, 1973; Ord. 205 § 6, 1955)