Chapter 14.10


14.10.010    Purpose.

14.10.020    Types of review.

14.10.030    Procedures.

14.10.040    Design guidelines adopted.

14.10.050    Compliance.

14.10.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish the types of developments which shall be subject to design review pursuant to the adopted design guidelines. Further, the chapter shall establish the design guidelines for the city of West Richland. [Ord. 28-21 § 2, 2021].

14.10.020 Types of review.

A. All development which falls under the thresholds provided in this section shall be subject to design review as provided for in Chapter 14.01 WRMC, Types of Project Permit Applications.

B. The following types of projects shall require design review according to the procedures for Type II decisions, WRMC 14.01.030, Project permit application process:

1. Building permits for exterior renovations on commercial, multifamily light and heavy manufacturing, or mixed-use structures, including, but not limited to, new awnings, alterations to exterior treatments, changes to windows and doors, and similar activities which do not increase the square footage more than 500 square feet.

2. Accessory structures associated with multifamily developments and containing no residential units.

3. Minor amendments to previous permits involving Type II.b decisions.

4. Any new light or heavy manufacturing development.

5. Any new commercial parking lot.

6. Any new commercial development with total building(s) gross floor area more than 2,500 square feet.

7. Any new commercial development that exceeds 2,500 square feet.

8. Any construction of a principal or attached accessory structure or structures within a commercial limited zone.

9. Any mixed-use development which exceeds 1,500 square feet. [Ord. 28-21 § 2, 2021].

14.10.030 Procedures.

The procedures for design review shall be as provided in Chapter 14.01 WRMC, Types of Project Permit Applications. The director, hearing examiner, and city council shall be responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the design guidelines as provided for under Chapter 14.01 WRMC. The design commission, as established by ordinance, shall be advisory to the director, hearing examiner and city council. [Ord. 28-21 § 2, 2021].

14.10.040 Design guidelines adopted.

The following documents shall be utilized in design review as appropriate to the proposed developments listed in WRMC 14.01.020.

A. The city hereby adopts the design guidelines published in the “City of West Richland Design and Development Guidelines” which shall be applied to the developments as listed in WRMC 14.01.020.

B. For review of uses the goals and policies of the community character element of the West Richland comprehensive plan shall be utilized. [Ord. 19-22 § 1, 2022; Ord. 28-21 § 2, 2021].

14.10.050 Compliance.

No permit for construction or a use subject to these design guidelines shall be issued until the plans are in compliance with the guidelines. All such developments shall be in compliance with the guidelines upon occupancy. All such developments shall be maintained in compliance for the life of the structure. The director may allow bonds or other guarantees to ensure the completion of a project consistent with approved plans. [Ord. 28-21 § 2, 2021].