15.06.010 Town Council - Powers and Duties
15.06.020 Planning Commission - Created
15.06.030 Planning Commission - Meetings and Rules
15.06.040 Planning Commission - Powers and Duties
15.06.050 Town Planner - Powers and Duties
15.06.060 Review and Adoption Procedure
15.06.010 Town Council - Powers and Duties:
In addition to the powers and duties described in existing Town ordinances, the Town Council is vested with the authority to:
A. Approve, approve with conditions, or deny applications for subdivision preliminary plat approval, final plat approval, short subdivision, variances, conditional use permits, amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, amendments to this ordinance, rezones, site plans, and boundary line adjustments after considering the findings and recommendations of the Town Planner and/or Planning Commission,
B. The Town Council holds an open public record hearing and an appeal hearing (based on established record in the open public hearing) on project applications that require Town Council approval.
C. Base all decisions on criteria established in this ordinance or other applicable laws,
D. Require any applicant granted final plat approval to deposit an acceptable security with the Town and sign a security agreement to assure that the applicant and/or his successors in interest will adhere to the approved plan and all conditions attached to the final plat approval,
E. Review and act upon any recommendations of the Town Planner or Planning Commission for amendments to or revisions of the Comprehensive Plan or the provisions of this ordinance; and
F. Initiate proceedings for civil infraction violations.
G. Perform other duties as outlined in this ordinance
15.06.020 Planning Commission – Created:
15.06.030 Planning Commission - Meetings and Rules:
A. The Planning Commission meets monthly at the South Prairie Town Hall. The Planning Commission may hold special meetings upon the request of the Chairperson or of a majority of the Planning Commission if all state law notice requirements for a special meeting are met.
B. The Planning Commission will adopt rules for the transaction of business and keep a written record of its meetings, resolutions, transactions, findings, and determinations, which will be a public record. In addition:
1. The meetings of the Planning Commission are open to the public and tape recorded,
2. Members of the Planning Commission must disqualify themselves from any Planning Commission actions in which they have a financial interest, other conflict of interest, or in which they are in violation of Chapter 42.36 RCW (Appearance of Fairness). The Chairperson or Vice Chairperson may request an opinion from the Town Attorney regarding whether a member should be disqualified from participating in a particular matter. The member must abide by the opinion of the Town Attorney.
C. A majority of the appointed and qualified members constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business. Any action taken by a majority of those present, when those present constitute a quorum, will be taken as the action of the Planning Commission.
D. Any number less than a quorum is authorized to convene a regular or special meeting at the time set and to adjourn, recess, or continue the regular or special meeting to a date and time certified and entered upon the minutes without providing further notice.
15.06.040 Planning Commission - Powers and Duties:
In addition to the authority granted in the ordinance creating the Planning Commission, the Planning Commission has the following authority and duties:
A. Exercising all of the powers of a Planning Commission as authorized in Chapter 58.17 RCW and other provisions of state law,
B. Making studies and recommendations to the Town Council concerning goals, objectives, and policies governing all elements of the Comprehensive Plan and the provisions of this ordinance regarding legislative applications. Legislative applications deal with preparation of plans, such a Comprehensive Plans, zoning codes, critical areas ordinances, Shoreline Master Programs, SEPA regulations, and all sorts of other codes and regulations relating to development. Legislative applications also deal with variances and conditional uses proposals.
C. Developing and making recommendations to the Town Council concerning policies, ordinances, administrative procedures, and any other means for carrying out comprehensive plan elements in a coordinated and efficient manner;
D. Making recommendations upon variance requests.
E. Performing other duties as assigned by the Town Council.
F. Conduct public meetings on legislative applications such as revisions to the development regulations, and amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.
G. The Planning Commission may establish operating procedures for effective utilization of time, while at the same time allowing public participation.
15.06.050 Town Planner - Powers and Duties:
A. The Town Planner or his/her designee is vested with overall administrative responsibility of this ordinance:
B. The duties and responsibilities of the Town Planner include:
1. Establishing procedures and preparing forms necessary for the administration of this ordinance,
2. Advising interested citizens and applicants of the regulations and procedures set forth in this ordinance,
3. Determining that an applicant provides all applications for development and other required materials,
4. Compiling an official file on each application submitted,
5. Reviewing all information submitted by an applicant and preparing a report that summarizes his/her findings, conclusions, and recommendations involving an application,
6. Submitting the report in Subsection B (5) above to the Planning Commission or Town Council, depending on the application, for consideration and official action. The Town Planner will assure that all relevant information and testimony regarding an application is made available to the Planning Commission and/or Town Council during their review,
7. Assuring that proper notice is given to appropriate persons, agencies, and the public for all hearings,
8. Investigating, developing, and proposing amendments to this ordinance as necessary;
9. Carries out the provisions of the Washington State Environmental Policy Act and is the designated Responsible Environmental Official as defined in Chapter 197-11 WAC.
10. Seeking remedies for alleged violations of this ordinance, or of violations of conditions of any permit or approval issued by the Town; and
11. Coordinating information with other departments of the Town and affected agencies.
15.06.050 Town Planner - Powers and Duties:
The following two flow charts outline the review and adoption procedure for both legislative applications and project applications. Legislative applications deal with preparation of plans, such as Comprehensive Plans, zoning codes, critical areas ordinances, uniform development code, shoreline master programs, SEPA regulations and all other codes and regulations relating to development. Legislative applications also deal with variances and conditional uses proposals. Project applications are applications that a property owner or developer brings to the Town for the purpose of getting a Town permit to build, modify or alter some development on a piece of land that is within the corporate boundary of the Town.