Chapter 10.05


10.05.010    Effect.

10.05.020    Procedures – Adoption and amendments.

10.05.010 Effect.

The comprehensive plan shall serve as a basic source of reference for legislative, quasi-judicial, and administrative action. The plan shall be consulted as a prerequisite to the establishment, improvement, abandonment, or vacation of public streets, parks, public buildings, zoning changes and other subjects that may from time to time arise that are addressed therein. The effects of such changes on the community shall be considered by the planning commission with reference to the comprehensive plan and a recommendation made to the city council. Deviations from the direction provided by the comprehensive plan are not permissible. Where conflicts arise between the comprehensive plan and this title, the provisions of the comprehensive plan shall prevail. (Ord. 2010-03 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2007-34 § 2 (Exh. A))

10.05.020 Procedures – Adoption and amendments.

The adoption, amendment, modification, or alteration of the comprehensive plan shall be as follows:

(1) At least 60 days prior to the commencement of adoption proceedings, the Washington State Department of Community Trade and Economic Development must be provided copies of the proposed changes for their review and comment, including the required environmental review documents prepared pursuant to the State Environmental Policy Act. The city shall act as lead agency pursuant to SEPA and Chapter 12.04 WCC, SEPA Guidelines.

(2) After preparing the comprehensive plan or changes thereto, the planning commission shall hold at least one public hearing thereon. Notice of the time, place and purpose of such public hearing shall be given by at least one publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the city of Wenatchee at least 10 days prior to the date of the hearing.

(3) Upon completion of the hearing or hearings on the comprehensive plan or amendments thereto, the planning commission shall make such changes as it deems necessary or appropriate. It shall then transmit a copy of its recommendations for the comprehensive plan or amendments thereto to the city council.

(4) Within 60 days from its receipt of the recommendation for the comprehensive plan as set forth above, the city council shall consider the same at a public hearing. The city council shall take action to approve, disapprove, modify, or remand it back to the planning commission for further consideration. The city council shall specify the time within which the planning commission shall report back with its findings and recommendations on the matter referred to it. The final form and content of the comprehensive plan shall be determined by a resolution or ordinance of the city council. The comprehensive plan or its amendments as approved by the city council shall be filed with the city clerk and shall be available for public inspection.

(5) The comprehensive plan shall not be amended more than once in any calendar year except in cases of emergency, as established by Chapter 36.70A RCW.

(6) Any request for comprehensive plan map and text amendments will be docketed, consistent with the city’s annual amendment schedule, and all requests will be considered during the annual amendment process.

(7) The city will strive to coordinate amendments to the comprehensive plan with Chelan County for those areas located within the urban growth area, but outside city limits. (Ord. 2010-03 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2007-34 § 2 (Exh. A))