Chapter 17.60
ZONE CHANGE APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA

Sections:

17.60.010    Review – Application procedure.

17.60.020    Rezoning request – Criteria.

17.60.030    Annexation requests – Review criteria.

17.60.040    Conclusions – Notification procedure.

17.60.010 Review – Application procedure.

Application for planning commission review shall be submitted to the planning department and shall include such information as the planning commission may require on forms provided for such purpose. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.60.020 Rezoning request – Criteria.

In determining whether an area shall be rezoned, the planning commission and city council shall consider and be guided by the following criteria:

A. The unique characteristics, if any, of the property or circumstances of the owner;

B. Any hardship that may result in the event the rezone is not granted;

C. The manner in which the proposed rezone conforms to patterns in adjacent zones;

D. Any beneficial or adverse effects the granting or denial of the rezone would have on adjacent or surrounding zones;

E. Any beneficial or adverse effects the granting or denial of the rezone would have in relation to the overall purpose and intent of the comprehensive plan and this title;

F. The benefits or detriments accruing to the city which would result from the granting or denial of this special permit;

G. Whether the proposed rezone represents a better use of the land from the standpoint of the comprehensive plan than the original zone;

H. Whether the proposed rezone represents spot zoning and whether a larger area should be considered;

I. Impacts on the environment and public safety. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.60.030 Annexation requests – Review criteria.

The planning commission shall review annexation requests and shall recommend appropriate zones for the land to be annexed. In reviewing annexation requests, the planning commission and city council shall consider and be guided by the following criteria:

A. The land use recommendations of the comprehensive plan;

B. The unique characteristics of the land or special circumstances of the owner(s);

C. The suitability of the owner’s wishes insofar as they are compatible with the orderly development and welfare of the city;

D. The establishment of transportation and utility access into, as well as through, the annexed parcel to provide for orderly traffic flow and access to adjacent parcels;

E. The practicality of the proposed zones with respect to present zones and to present and future utilities and service requirements;

F. The social and direct costs of the proposed zones affecting owners, developers, buyers, and citizens of West Richland;

G. The impact of the annexed parcel and recommended zones on the environment and public safety;

H. Provisions for a balance in the variety of land use patterns and population densities to ensure that growth is in the direction of balancing the residential economic levels and living styles of the present and future city;

I. The suitability of the present zoning, if zoned in Benton County, with respect to the comprehensive plan intent. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.60.040 Conclusions – Notification procedure.

Upon conclusion of public hearings and reviews the planning commission shall publicly state its conclusions and shall communicate the same to the city council in writing within 30 days from the time of the conclusion of the action. The planning commission may include in its recommendations and/or conclusions such conditions as may be appropriate to the criteria of WRMC 17.60.030 or to formalize commitments made by the annexation applicant(s). [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].