Chapter 16B.01
PURPOSE AND AUTHORITY

Sections:

16B.01.010    Purpose and Authority.

16B.01.020    Applicability.

16B.01.030    Legislative Decisions.

16B.01.040    Legislative Enactments not Restricted.

16B.01.050    Conflict of Provision.

16B.01.010 Purpose and Authority.

(1)    It is the purpose of this Title to effectively and efficiently administer applications for land use development activities (entitled “Project Permit Applications” by this Title) by creating a permit classification system with consistent procedures for similar application types, and by combining the environmental review process (SEPA), both procedural and substantive, with the procedures for review of project applications.

(2)    When a project permit application is filed, the project review process shall include land use, environmental, public, and governmental review so that documents prepared under different requirements can be reviewed together by the public and other agencies, in one project review process.

(3)    This integrated review process features the following elements.

(a)    A determination of application completeness issued to the applicant within twenty-eight days of application submittal (Chapter 16B.04);

(b)    A combined Notice of Application to the public and agencies with jurisdiction (Chapter 16B.05);

(c)    A determination of the consistency of a proposed project with applicable development regulations and comprehensive plans (Chapter 16B.06);

(d)    An optional consolidated permit review process for development proposals involving more than one application procedure (Section 16B.03.060);

(e)    Provisions for use of existing comprehensive plans and development regulations in the environmental review of proposed projects subject to SEPA (Chapter 16B.06);

(f)    Provisions for joint public hearings or meetings held with other local, state, regional or federal agencies with jurisdiction over a proposed project (Section 16B.08.070);

(g)    A single report stating all the decisions made as of the date of the report on all project permits, including any environmental determinations, on a proposed permit project (Chapter 16B.07);

(h)    Except for the appeal of a Determination of Significance under SEPA, no more than one open record hearing on a project permit (Section 16B.03.050); and,

(i)    A notice of final decision issued within 120 days of the determination of application completeness (Chapter 16B.07).

(Ord. 7-2017 § 2 (Exh. A)(part), 2017: Ord. 6-2014 § 2 (Exh. A)(part), 2016: Ord. 5-2012 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2012: Ord. 14-1998 § 1 (part), 1998: Ord. 4-1996 § 1 (part), 1996).

16B.01.020 Applicability.

The provisions of this Title shall apply to all applications for land use or environmental permits subject to review under the following Chapters and Titles of the Yakima County Code.

(1)    Title 16 – Environment.

(2)    Titles 16A and 16C – Critical Areas.

(3)    Title 16D – Yakima County Regional Shoreline Master Program.

(4)    Title 19 – Unified Land Development Code.

(Ord. 7-2017 § 2 (Exh. A)(part), 2017: Ord. 6-2014 § 2 (Exh. A)(part), 2016: Ord. 5-2012 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2012: Ord. 1-2010 Exh. A § 3, 2010: Ord. 14-1998 § 1 (part), 1998: Ord. 4-1996 § 1 (part), 1996).

16B.01.030 Legislative Decisions.

The following actions are legislative, and are not subject to the project permit procedures in Chapters 16B.03, 16B.04, 16B.07, 16B.08, 16B.09 and 16B.11 of this Code, unless otherwise specified:

(1)    Adoption and amendment of development regulations as defined by RCW 36.70A;

(2)    Area-wide rezones to implement new county policies; and

(3)    Adoption of the county comprehensive plan, sub-area plans, other general purpose or specific county plans and any plan amendments.

(Ord. 7-2017 § 2 (Exh. A)(part), 2017: Ord. 6-2014 § 2 (Exh. A)(part), 2016: Ord. 5-2012 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2012: Ord. 14-1998 § 1 (part), 1998: Ord. 4-1996 § 1 (part), 1996).

16B.01.040 Legislative Enactments not Restricted.

Nothing in this Title shall limit the authority of the Board of County Commissioners to amend the County’s comprehensive plan or development regulations.

(Ord. 7-2017 § 2 (Exh. A)(part), 2017: Ord. 6-2014 § 2 (Exh. A)(part), 2016: Ord. 5-2012 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2012: Ord. 14-1998 § 1 (part), 1998: Ord. 4-1996 § 1 (part), 1996).

16B.01.050 Conflict of Provision.

In the event of conflicts between any portion of this Title and other rules, regulations, resolutions, ordinances or statutes lawfully adopted by Yakima County, the procedures contained in this Title shall govern.

(Ord. 7-2017 § 2 (Exh. A)(part), 2017: Ord. 6-2014 § 2 (Exh. A)(part), 2016: Ord. 5-2012 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2012: Ord. 14-1998 § 1 (part), 1998: Ord. 4-1996 § 1 (part), 1996).