Chapter 15.22


Article I. Authority

15.22.010    Adoption.

Article II. General Requirements

15.22.020    Purpose.

15.22.030    Definitions.

15.22.040    Responsible official.

15.22.050    Lead agency.

15.22.060    Transfer to a state agency.

15.22.070    Time limits.

15.22.080    Time factors.

Article III. Categorical Exemptions and Threshold Determinations

15.22.090    Adverse environmental impact.

15.22.100    Flexible thresholds – Categorical exemptions.

15.22.110    Exemptions.

15.22.120    Environmental checklist.

15.22.130    Mitigated DNS.

Article IV. Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

15.22.140    Preparatory rules.

15.22.150    Preparation of EIS – Drafts and finals.

Article V. Commenting

15.22.160    Response.

15.22.170    Public notice.

15.22.180    Responsible official.

Article VI. Using Existing Environmental Documents

15.22.190    Existing documents.

Article VII. SEPA and Agency Decisions

15.22.200    Decision-making process.

15.22.210    Substantive authority.

15.22.220    Appeals.

15.22.230    Notice.

Article VIII. Definitions

15.22.240    Uniformity.

Article IX. Categorical Exemptions

15.22.250    Rules for exemptions.

Article X. Agency Compliance

15.22.260    Lead agency.

15.22.270    Fees.

Article XI. Forms

15.22.280    Forms.

Article I. Authority

15.22.010 Adoption.

The city of Westport adopts the ordinance codified in this chapter under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), RCW 43.21C.120, and the SEPA rules, WAC 197-11-904.

This chapter contains the city’s SEPA procedures and policies.

The SEPA rules, Chapter 197-11 WAC or their successor, must be used in conjunction with this chapter. (Ord. 750 Ch. 1 § 1.1, 1984)

Article II. General Requirements

15.22.020 Purpose.

This article contains the basic requirements that apply to the SEPA process. The city adopts the following sections of Chapter 197-11 WAC by reference:


197-11-040    Definitions.

197-11-050    Lead agency.

197-11-055    Timing of the SEPA process.

197-11-060    Content of environmental review.

197-11-070    Limitations on actions during SEPA process.

197-11-080    Incomplete or unavailable information.

197-11-090    Supporting documents.

197-11-100    Information required of applications.

(Ord. 750 Ch. 2 § 2.1, 1984)

15.22.030 Definitions.

In addition to those definitions contained within WAC 197-11-700 through 197-11-799, when used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context indicates otherwise:

(1) “Department” means any division, subdivision or organizational unit of the city established by ordinance, rule or order.

(2) “Early notice” means the city’s response to an applicant stating whether it considers issuance of a determination of significance likely for the applicant’s proposal (mitigated determination of nonsignificance (DNS) procedures).

(3) “Ordinance” means the ordinance, resolution, or other procedure used by the city to adopt regulatory requirements.

(4) “SEPA rules” means Chapter 197-11 WAC or its successor adopted by the Department of Ecology. (Ord. 750 Ch. 2 § 2.2, 1984)

15.22.040 Responsible official.

(1) For those proposals for which the city is the lead agency, the responsible official shall be the public works department.

(2) For all proposals for which the city is the lead agency, the responsible official shall make the threshold determination, supervise scoping and preparation of any required environmental impact statement (EIS), and perform any other functions assigned to the “lead agency” or “responsible official” by those sections of the SEPA rules that were adopted by reference in this chapter.

(3) The city shall retain all documents required by the SEPA rules (Chapter 197-11 WAC) and make them available in accordance with Chapter 42.17 RCW. (Ord. 750 Ch. 2 § 2.3, 1984)

15.22.050 Lead agency.

(1) The department within the city receiving an application for or initiating a proposal that involves a nonexempt action shall determine the lead agency for that proposal under WAC 197-11-05 and 197-11-922 through 197-11-940; unless the lead agency has been previously determined or the department is aware that another department or agency is in the process of determining the lead agency.

(2) When the city is the lead agency for a proposal, the responsible official shall supervise compliance with the threshold determination requirements, and if an EIS is necessary, shall supervise preparation of the EIS.

(3) When the city is not the lead agency for a proposal, all departments of the city shall use and consider, as appropriate, either the DNS or the final EIS of the lead agency in making decisions on the proposal. No city department shall prepare or require preparation of a DNS or EIS in addition to that prepared by the lead agency, unless required under WAC 197-11-600. In some cases, the city may conduct supplemental environmental review under WAC 197-11-600.

(4) If the city or any of its departments receives a lead agency determination made by another agency that appears inconsistent with the criteria of WAC 197-11-922 through 197-11-940, it may object to the determination. Any objection must be made to the agency originally making the determination and resolved within 15 days of receipt of the determination, or the city must petition the Department of Ecology for a lead agency determination under WAC 197-11-946 within the 15-day time period. Any such petition on behalf of the city may be initiated by the city’s responsible official.

(5) The responsible official is authorized to make agreements as to lead agency status or shared lead agency duties for a proposal under WAC 197-11-942 and 197-11-944; provided, that the responsible official and any department that will incur responsibilities as the result of such agreement approve the agreement.

(6) The responsible official, when making a lead agency determination for a private project, shall require sufficient information from the applicant to identify which other agencies have jurisdiction over the proposal (that is: which agencies require nonexempt licenses?). (Ord. 750 Ch. 2 § 2.4, 1984)

15.22.060 Transfer to a state agency.

For any proposal for a private project where the city would be the lead agency and for which one or more state agencies have jurisdiction, the city’s responsible official may elect to transfer the lead agency duties to a state agency. The state agency with jurisdiction appearing first on the priority listing in WAC 197-11-936 shall be the lead agency and the city shall be an agency with jurisdiction. To transfer lead agency duties, the city’s responsible official must transmit a notice of the transfer together with any relevant information available on the proposal to the appropriate state agency with jurisdiction. The responsible official of the city shall also give notice of the transfer to the private applicant and any other agencies with jurisdiction over the proposal. (Ord. 750 Ch. 2 § 2.5, 1984)

15.22.070 Time limits.

The following time limits (expressed in calendar days) shall apply when the city processes licenses for all private projects and those governmental proposals submitted to the city by other agencies:

(1) Categorical Exemptions. The city shall identify whether an action is categorically exempt within seven days of receiving a completed application.

(2) Threshold Determinations.

(A) The city should complete threshold determinations that can be based solely upon review of the environmental checklist for the proposal within 15 days of the date an applicant’s adequate application and completed checklist are submitted.

(B) When the responsible official requires further information from the applicant or consultation with other agencies with jurisdiction:

(i) The city should request such further information within 15 days of receiving an adequate application and completed environmental checklist;

(ii) The city shall wait no longer than 30 days for a consulted agency to respond;

(iii) The responsible official should complete the threshold determination within 15 days of receiving the requested information from the applicant or the consulted agency.

(C) When the city must initiate further studies, including field investigations, to obtain the information to make the threshold determination, the city should complete the studies within 30 days of receiving an adequate application and a completed checklist.

(D) The city shall complete threshold determinations on actions where the applicant recommends in writing that an EIS be prepared, because of the probable significant adverse environmental impact(s) described in the application, within 15 days of receiving an adequate application and completed checklist. (Ord. 750 Ch. 2, § 2.6, 1984)

15.22.080 Time factors.

(1) For nonexempt proposals, the DNS or final EIS for the proposal shall accompany the city’s staff recommendation to any appropriate advisory body, such as the planning commission.

(2) If the city’s only action on a proposal is a decision on a building permit or other license that requires detailed project plans and specifications, the applicant may request in writing that the city conduct environmental review prior to submission of the detailed plans and specifications. The point at which environmental review may be initiated for specific permits or other licenses requiring detailed project plans and specifications is upon receipt of the environmental checklist. (Ord. 750 Ch. 2 § 2.7, 1984)

Article III. Categorical Exemptions and Threshold Determinations

15.22.090 Adverse environmental impact.

This article contains the rules for deciding whether a proposal has a “probable significant, adverse environmental impact” requiring an environmental impact statement (EIS) to be prepared. This article also contains rules for evaluating the impacts of proposals not requiring an EIS. The city of Westport adopts the following sections by reference, as supplemented in this article:


197-11-300    Purpose of this part.

197-11-305    Categorical exemptions.

197-11-310    Threshold determination required.

197-11-315    Environmental checklist.

197-11-330    Threshold determination process.

197-11-335    Additional information.

197-11-340    Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).

197-11-350    Mitigated DNS.

197-11-360    Determination of significance (DS)/ initiation of scoping.

197-11-390    Effect of threshold determination.

(Ord. 750 Ch. 3 § 3.1, 1984)

15.22.100 Flexible thresholds Categorical exemptions.

The city establishes the following exempt levels for minor new construction under WAC 197-11-800(1)(b) based on local conditions:

(1) For residential dwelling units in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b)(i): Up to 20 dwelling units;

(2) For agricultural structures in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b)(ii): Up to 30,000 square feet;

(3) For office, school, commercial, recreational, service or storage buildings in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b)(iii): Up to 12,000 square feet and up to 40 parking spaces;

(4) For parking lots in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b)(iv): Up to 40 parking spaces;

(5) For landfills and excavations in WAC 197-11-800(1)(b)(v): Up to 500 cubic yards;

(6) Whenever the city establishes new exempt levels under this section, it shall send them to the Department of Ecology, Headquarters Office, Olympia, Washington, 98504, under WAC 197-11-800(1)(c). (Ord. 750 Ch. 3 § 3.2, 1984)

15.22.110 Exemptions.

(1) For all licenses and other nonexempt proposals, the responsible official shall determine whether the license and/or the proposal is exempt. The responsible official’s determination that a proposal is exempt shall be final and not subject to administrative review. If a proposal is exempt, none of the procedural requirements of this chapter apply to the proposal. The city shall not require completion of an environmental checklist for an exempt proposal.

(2) In determining whether or not a proposal is exempt, the responsible official shall make certain the proposal is properly defined and shall identify the governmental licenses required (WAC 197-11-060). If a proposal includes exempt and nonexempt actions, the responsible official shall determine the lead agency, even if the license application that triggers the department’s consideration is exempt.

(3) If a proposal includes both exempt and nonexempt actions, the city may authorize exempt actions prior to compliance with the procedural requirements of this chapter, except that:

(A) The city shall not give authorization for:

(i) Any nonexempt action;

(ii) Any action that would have an adverse environmental impact; or

(iii) Any action that would limit the choice of alternatives;

(B) The responsible official may withhold approval of an exempt action that would lead to modification of the physical environment, when such modification would serve no purpose if nonexempt action(s) were not approved; and

(C) The responsible official may withhold approval of exempt actions that would lead to substantial financial expenditures by a private applicant when the expenditures would serve no purpose if nonexempt action(s) were not approved. (Ord. 750 Ch. 3 § 3.3, 1984)

15.22.120 Environmental checklist.

(1) A completed environmental checklist (or a copy), in the form provided in WAC 197-11-960, shall be filed at the same time as an application for a permit, license, certificate, or other approval not specifically exempted in this chapter, except a checklist is not needed if the city and applicant agree an EIS is required, SEPA compliance has been completed, or SEPA compliance has been initiated by another agency. The city shall use the environmental checklist to determine the lead agency and, if the city is the lead agency, for determining the responsible official and for making the threshold determination.

(2) For private proposal, the city will require the applicant to complete the environmental checklist providing assistance as necessary. For city proposals, the department initiating the proposal shall complete the environmental checklist for that proposal.

(3) The city may require that it, and not the private applicant, will complete all or part of the environmental checklist for a private proposal if either of the following occurs:

(A) The city has technical information on a question or questions that is unavailable to the private applicant; or

(B) The applicant has provided inaccurate information on previous proposals or on proposals currently under consideration. (Ord. 750 Ch. 3 § 3.4, 1984)

15.22.130 Mitigated DNS.

(1) As provided in this section and in WAC 197-11-350, the responsible official may issue a DNS based on conditions attached to the proposal by the responsible official or on changes to, or clarifications of, the proposal made by the applicant.

(2) An applicant may request in writing early notice of whether a DS is likely under WAC 197-11-350. The request must:

(A) Follow submission of a permit application and environmental checklist for a nonexempt proposal for which the city is lead agency; and

(B) Precede the city’s actual threshold determination for the proposal.

(3) The responsible official should respond to the request for early notice within 10 working days. The response shall:

(A) Be written;

(B) State whether the city currently considers issuance of a DS likely and, if so, indicate the general or specific area(s) of concern that is/are leading the city to consider a DS; and

(C) State that the applicant may change or clarify the proposal to mitigate the indicated impacts, revising the environmental checklist and/or permit application as necessary to reflect the changes or clarifications.

(4) As much as possible, the city should assist the applicant with identification of impacts to the extent necessary to formulate mitigation measures.

(5) When an applicant submits a changed or clarified proposal, along with a revised or amended environmental checklist, the city shall base its threshold determination on the changed or clarified proposal and should make the determination within 15 days of receiving the changed or clarified proposal:

(A) If the city indicated specific mitigation measures in its response to the request for early notice, and the applicant changed or clarified the proposal to include those specific mitigation measures, the city shall issue and circulate a DNS under WAC 197-11-340(2).

(B) If the city indicated areas of concern, but did not indicate specific mitigation measures that would allow it to issue a DNS, the city shall make the threshold determination, issuing a DNS or DS as appropriate.

(C) The applicant’s proposed mitigation measures (clarifications, changes, or conditions) must be in writing and must be specific. For example, proposals to “control noise” or “prevent stormwater runoff” are inadequate.

(D) Mitigation measures which justify issuance of a mitigated DNS may be incorporated in the DNS by reference to agency staff reports, studies, or other documents.

(E) A mitigated DNS is issued under WAC 197-11-340(2), requiring a 15-day comment period and public notice.

(F) Mitigation measures incorporated in the mitigated DNS shall be deemed conditions of approval of the permit decision and may be enforced in the same manner as any term or condition of the permit, or enforced in any manner specifically prescribed by the city.

(G) If the city’s tentative decision on a permit or approval does not include mitigation measures that were incorporated in a mitigated DNS for the proposal, the city should evaluate the threshold determination to assure consistency with WAC 197-11-340(3)(a) (withdrawal of DNS).

(H) The city’s written response under subsection (2) of this section shall not be construed as a determination of significance. In addition, preliminary discussion of clarifications or changes to a proposal, as opposed to a written request for early notice, shall not bind the city to consider the clarifications or changes in its threshold determination. (Ord. 750 Ch. 3 § 3.5, 1984)

Article IV. Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

15.22.140 Preparatory rules.

This article contains the rules for preparing environmental impact statements. The city adopts the following sections by reference, as supplemented by this article:


197-11-400    Purpose of EIS.

197-11-402    General requirements.

197-11-405    EIS types.

197-11-406    EIS timing.

197-11-408    Scoping.

197-11-410    Expanded scoping.

197-11-420    EIS preparation.

197-11-425    Style and size.

197-11-430    Format.

197-11-435    Cover letter or memo.

197-11-440    EIS contents.

197-11-442    Contents of EIS on nonproject proposals.

197-11-443    EIS contents when prior nonproject EIS.

197-11-444    Elements of the environment.

197-11-448    Relationship of EIS to other considerations.

197-11-450    Cost-benefit analysis.

197-11-455    Issuance of DEIS.

197-11-460    Issuance of FEIS.

(Ord. 750 Ch. 4, § 4.1, 1984)

15.22.150 Preparation of EIS Drafts and finals.

(1) Preparation of draft and final EISs (DEIS and FEIS) and draft and final supplemental EIS (SEIS) is the responsibility of the responsible official. Before the city issues an EIS, the responsible official shall be satisfied that it complies with this chapter and Chapter 197-11 WAC.

(2) The DEIS and FEIS or draft and final SEIS shall be prepared by city staff, the applicant, or by a consultant selected by the city or the applicant. If the responsible official requires an EIS for a proposal and determines that someone other than the city will prepare the EIS, the responsible official shall notify the applicant immediately after completion of the threshold determination. The responsible official shall also notify the applicant of the city’s procedure for EIS preparation, including approval of the DEIS and FEIS prior to distribution.

(3) The city may require an applicant to provide information the city does not possess, including specific investigations. However, the applicant is not required to supply information that is not required under this chapter or that is being requested from another agency. (This does not apply to information the city may request under another ordinance or statute.) (Ord. 750 Ch. 4 § 4.2, 1984)

Article V. Commenting

15.22.160 Response.

This article contains rules for consulting, commenting, and responding on all environmental documents under SEPA, including rules for public notice and hearings. The city adopts the following sections by reference, in this article:


197-11-500    Purpose of this part.

197-11-502    Inviting comment.

197-11-504    Availability and cost of environmental documents.

197-11-508    SEPA register.

197-11-535    Public hearings and meetings.

197-11-545    Effect of no comment.

197-11-550    Specificity of comments.

197-11-560    FEIS response to comments.

197-11-570    Consulted agency costs to assist lead agency.

(Ord. 750 Ch. 5 § 5.1, 1984)

15.22.170 Public notice.

(1) Whenever the city issues a DNS under WAC 197-11-340(2) or a DS under WAC 197-11-360(3), the city shall give public notice as follows:

(A) If a public notice is required for a nonexempt license, the notice shall state whether a DS or DNS has been issued and when comments are due.

(B) If no public notice is required for the permit or approval, the city shall give notice of the DNS or DS by:

(i) Publishing notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, city, or general area where the proposal is located;

(ii) Posting a notice at City Hall.

(C) Whenever the city issues a DS under WAC 197-11-360(3), the city shall state the scoping procedure for the proposal in the DS as required in WAC 197-11-408 and in the public notice.

(2) Whenever the city issues a DEIS under WAC 197-11-455(5) or a SEIS under WAC 197-11-620, notice of the availability of those documents shall be given by:

(A) Indicating the availability of the DEIS in any public notice required for a nonexempt license; and

(B) Publishing notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, city, or general area where the proposal is located;

(C) Posting a notice at City Hall.

(3) Whenever possible, the city shall integrate the public notice required under this section with existing notice procedures for the city’s nonexempt permit(s) or approval(s) required for a proposal.

(4) The city may require an applicant to complete the public notice requirements for the applicant’s proposal at his or her expense. (Ord. 750 Ch. 5 § 5.2, 1984)

15.22.180 Responsible official.

(1) The responsible official shall be responsible for preparation of written comments for the city in response to a consultation request prior to a threshold determination, participation in scoping and reviewing a DEIS.

(2) The responsible official shall be responsible for the city’s compliance with WAC 197-11-550 whenever the city is a consulted agency and is authorized to develop operating procedures that will ensure that responses to consultation requests are prepared in a timely fashion and include data from all appropriate departments of the city. (Ord. 750 Ch. 5 § 5.3, 1984)

Article VI. Using Existing Environmental Documents

15.22.190 Existing documents.

This article contains rules for using and supplementing existing environmental documents prepared under SEPA or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the city’s own environmental compliance. The city adopts the following sections by reference:


197-11-600    When to use existing environmental documents.

197-11-610    Use of NEPA documents.

197-11-620    Supplemental environmental impact statement – Procedures.

197-11-625    Addenda – Procedures.

197-11-630    Adoption – Procedures.

197-11-635    Incorporation by reference – Procedures.

197-11-640    Combining documents.

(Ord. 750 Ch. 6 § 6.1, 1984)

Article VII. SEPA and Agency Decisions

15.22.200 Decision-making process.

This article contains rules (and policies) for SEPA’s substantive authority, such as decisions to mitigate or reject proposals as a result of SEPA. This article also contains procedures for appealing SEPA determinations to agencies or the courts. The city adopts the following sections by reference as supplemented by this article:


197-11-650    Purpose of this part.

197-11-655    Implementation.

197-11-660    Substantive authority and mitigation.

197-11-680    Appeals.

(Ord. 750 Ch. 7 § 7.1, 1984)

15.22.210 Substantive authority.

(1) The policies and goals set forth in this chapter are supplementary to those in the existing authorization of the city.

(2) The city may attach conditions to a permit or approval for a proposal so long as:

(A) Such conditions are necessary to mitigate specific probable adverse environmental impacts identified in environmental documents prepared pursuant to this chapter; and

(B) Such conditions are in writing; and

(C) The mitigation measures included in such conditions are reasonable and capable of being accomplished; and

(D) The city has considered whether other local, state or federal mitigation measures applied to the proposal are sufficient to mitigate the identified impacts; and

(E) Such conditions are based on one or more policies in subsection (4) of this section and cited in the license or other decision document.

(3) The city may deny a permit or approval for a proposal on the basis of SEPA so long as:

(A) A finding is made that approving the proposal would result in probable significant adverse environmental impacts that are identified in a FEIS or final SEIS prepared pursuant to this chapter; and

(B) A finding is made that there are no reasonable mitigation measures capable of being accomplished that are sufficient to mitigate the identified impact; and

(C) The denial is based on one or more policies identified in subsection (4) of this section and identified in writing in the decision document.

(4) The city designates and adopts by reference the following policies as the basis for the city’s exercise of authority pursuant to this section:

(A) The city shall use all practicable means, consistent with other essential considerations of state policy, to improve and coordinate plans, functions, programs and resources to the end that the state and its citizens may:

(i) Fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee of the environment for succeeding generations;

(ii) Assure for all people of Washington safe, healthful, productive and aesthetically and culturally pleasing surroundings;

(iii) Attain the widest range of beneficial uses of the environment without degradation, risk to health or safety, or other undesirable and unintended consequences;

(iv) Preserve important historic, cultural, and natural aspects of our national heritage;

(v) Maintain, wherever possible, an environment which supports diversity and variety of individual choice;

(vi) Achieve a balance between population and resource use which will permit high standards of living and a wide sharing of life’s amenities; and

(vii) Enhance the quality of renewable resources and approach the maximum attainable recycling of depletable resources.

(B) The city recognizes that each person has a fundamental and inalienable right to a healthful environment and that each person has a responsibility to contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the environment.

(C) The city adopts by reference the policies in the adopted Westport comprehensive plan.

(5) Except for permits and variances issued pursuant to the Westport shorelines master program, when any proposal or action not requiring a decision of the city council is conditioned or denied on the basis of SEPA by a nonelected official, the decision shall be appealable to the city council. Such appeal may be perfected by the proponent or any aggrieved party by giving notice to the responsible official within 10 days of the decision being appealed. Review by the city council shall be on a de novo basis. (Ord. 750 Ch. 7, § 7.2, 1984)

15.22.220 Appeals.

(1) The city establishes the following administrative appeal procedures under RCW 43.21C.075 and WAC 197-11-680:

(A) Any agency or person may appeal the city’s procedural compliance with Chapter 197-11 WAC for issuance of the following:

(i) A final DNS: Appeal of the DNS and substantive determination on the action must be made to the Westport city council within 10 days of the date the permit or other approval is issued.

(ii) A DS: The appeal must be made to the Westport city council within 10 days of the date the DS is issued.

(iii) An EIS: Appeal of the FEIS and substantive determination on the action must be made to the city council within 10 days of the date the approval is issued.

(B) For any appeal under this subsection, the city shall provide for a record that shall consist of the following:

(i) Findings and conclusions;

(ii) Testimony under oath; and

(iii) A taped or written transcript.

(C) The procedural determination by the city’s responsible official shall carry substantial weight in any appeal proceeding.

(2) The city shall give official notice under WAC 197-11-680(5) whenever it issues a permit or approval for which a statute or ordinance establishes time limit for commencing judicial appeal. The following permits or approvals require official notice: long subdivisions, rezones, administrative appeals and conditional use permits. (Ord. 750 Ch. 7 § 7.3, 1984)

15.22.230 Notice.

(1) The city, applicant for, or proponent of an action may publish a notice of action pursuant to RCW 43.21C.080 for any action.

(2) The form of the notice shall be substantially in the forms provided in WAC 197-11-990. The notice shall be published by the city clerk, applicant, or proponent pursuant to RCW 43.21C.080. (Ord. 750 Ch. 7 § 7.4, 1984)

Article VIII. Definitions

15.22.240 Uniformity.

This article contains uniform usage and definitions of terms under SEPA. The city adopts the following sections by reference, as supplemented by WAC 173-806-040:


197-11-700    Definitions.

197-11-702    Act.

197-11-704    Action.

197-11-706    Addendum.

197-11-708    Adoption.

197-11-710    Affected tribe.

197-11-712    Affecting.

197-11-714    Agency.

197-11-716    Applicant.

197-11-718    Built environment.

197-11-720    Categorical exemption.

197-11-722    Consolidated appeal.

197-11-724    Consulted agency.

197-11-726    Cost-benefit analysis.

197-11-728    County/city.

197-11-730    Decision maker.

197-11-732    Department.

197-11-734    Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).

197-11-736    Determination of significance (DS).

197-11-738    EIS.

197-11-740    Environment.

197-11-742    Environmental checklist.

197-11-744    Environmental document.

197-11-746    Environmental review.

197-11-748    Environmentally sensitive area.

197-11-750    Expanded scoping.

197-11-752    Impacts.

197-11-754    Incorporation by reference.

197-11-756    Lands covered by water.

197-11-758    Lead agency.

197-11-760    License.

197-11-762    Local agency.

197-11-764    Major action.

197-11-766    Mitigated DNS.

197-11-768    Mitigation.

197-11-770    Natural environment.

197-11-772    NEPA.

197-11-774    Nonproject.

197-11-776    Phased review.

197-11-778    Preparation.

197-11-780    Private project.

197-11-782    Probable.

197-11-784    Proposal.

197-11-786    Reasonable alternative.

197-11-788    Responsible official.

197-11-790    SEPA.

197-11-792    Scope.

197-11-793    Scoping.

197-11-794    Significant.

197-11-796    State agency.

197-11-797    Threshold determination.

197-11-799    Underlying governmental action.

(Ord. 750 Ch. 8 § 8.1, 1984)

Article IX. Categorical Exemptions

15.22.250 Rules for exemptions.

The city adopts by reference the following rules for categorical exemptions, as supplemented in this chapter, including WAC 173-806-070 (flexible thresholds), WAC 173-806-080 (use of exemptions), and WAC 173-806-190 (environmentally sensitive areas):


197-11-800    Categorical exemptions.

197-11-880    Emergencies.

197-11-890    Petitioning DOE to change exemptions.

(Ord. 750 Ch. 9 § 9.1, 1984)

Article X. Agency Compliance

15.22.260 Lead agency.

This article contains rules for agency compliance with SEPA, including rules for charging fees under the SEPA process, designating environmentally sensitive areas, listing agencies with environmental expertise, selecting the lead agency, and applying these rules to current agency activities. The city adopts the following sections by reference, as supplemented by WAC 173-806-050 through 173-806-053 and this article.


197-11-900    Purpose of this part.

197-11-902    Agency SEPA policies.

197-11-908    Environmentally sensitive areas.

197-11-916    Application to ongoing actions.

197-11-920    Agencies with environmental expertise.

197-11-922    Lead agency rules.

197-11-924    Determining the lead agency.

197-11-926    Lead agency for governmental proposals.

197-11-928    Lead agency for public and private proposals.

197-11-930    Lead agency for private projects with one agency with jurisdiction.

197-11-932    Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from more than one agency, when one of the agencies is a county/city.

197-11-934    Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from a local agency, not a county/city, and one or more state agencies.

197-11-936    Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from more than one state agency.

197-11-938    Lead agencies for specific proposals.

197-11-940    Transfer of lead agency status to a state agency.

197-11-942    Agreements on lead agency status.

197-11-944    Agreements on division of lead agency duties.

197-11-946    DOE resolution of lead agency disputes.

197-11-948    Assumption of lead agency status.

(Ord. 750 Ch. 10 § 10.1, 1984)

15.22.270 Fees.

The city shall require the following fees for its activities in accordance with the provisions of this chapter:

(1) Threshold Determination. For every environmental checklist, the city will review when it is lead agency, the city shall collect a fee which may be set by resolution by the city council from the proponent of the proposal prior to undertaking the threshold determination. The time periods provided by this chapter for making a threshold determination shall not begin to run until payment of the fee. When the city completes the environmental checklist at the applicant’s request or under WAC 173-806-090(3), an additional fee which may be set by resolution by the city council shall be collected.

(2) Environmental Impact Statement.

(A) When the city is the lead agency for a proposal requiring an EIS, and the responsible official determines that the EIS shall be prepared by employees of the city, the city may charge and collect a reasonable fee from any applicant to cover costs incurred by the city in preparing the EIS. The responsible official shall advise the applicant(s) of the projected costs for the EIS prior to actual preparation; the applicant shall post bond or otherwise ensure payment of such costs.

(B) The responsible official may determine that the city will contract directly with a consultant for preparation of an EIS, or a portion of the EIS, for activities initiated by some persons or entity other than the city and may bill such costs and expenses directly to the applicant. The city may require the applicant to post bond or otherwise ensure payment of such costs. Such consultants shall be selected by mutual agreement of the city and applicant after a call for proposals.

(C) If a proposal is modified so that an EIS is no longer required, the responsible official shall refund any fees collected under subsections (2)(A) or (B) of this section which remain after incurred costs are paid.

(3) The city may collect a reasonable fee from an applicant to cover the cost of meeting the public notice requirements of this chapter relating to the applicant’s proposal.

(4) The city shall not collect a fee for performing its duties as a consulted agency.

(5) The city may charge any person for copies of any document prepared under this chapter, and for mailing the document, in a manner provided by Chapter 42.17 RCW. (Ord. 750 Ch. 10 § 10.2, 1984)

Article XI. Forms

15.22.280 Forms.

The city adopts the following forms and sections by reference:


197-11-960    Environmental checklist.

197-11-965    Adoption notice.

197-11-970    Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).

197-11-980    Determination of significance and scoping notice (DS).

197-11-985    Notice of assumption of lead agency status.

197-11-990    Notice of action.

(Ord. 750 Ch. 11 § 11.1, 1984)