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MAY 2010

 

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Yakima County Public Services

 

Welcome to Yakima County Public Services first e-newsletter. This publication is an opportunity for us to let you - our Development Services customer - know about upcoming events, development trends, and service updates that may help you reduce your permit review and processing times, and the amount of time you spend in our office.

 

We anticipate producing this newsletter quarterly. However, we believe that the "need to know" Development Services news should drive its frequency. As a result, you may occasionally see brief updates more frequently (or not as frequently): all depending upon the volume of news we have for you.

 

We invite you to read this newsletter and welcome your comments. Please feel free to forward it to colleagues who might find its content of interest. Likewise, if you prefer not to receive our news, please click "unsubscribe" at the bottom of this page, and we will promptly remove you from the mailing list.

 

Thank you for your interest. Vern M. Redifer, P.E., Director, Yakima County Public Services

 

 

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BUILDING AND FIRE SAFETY 

 

2009 INTERNATIONAL CODES COMING SOON

Effective July 1, the 2009 edition of the International Codes, with state amendments, will take effect for all jurisdictions in Washington State.  Yakima County, in partnership with our various stakeholders, will be developing local amendments to the state-adopted version of the codes.  Building and Fire Safety Division staff will prepare the adopting ordinance with recommended amendments tailored to meet the new code.  Public hearings will be scheduled in June  to provide a seamless transition with implementation of new code requirements. 

For more information go to http://sbcc.wa.gov/Page.aspx?nid=14. 

 

WILDFIRE SEASON ON THE WAY

As June approaches, Yakima County fire services prepares for wildfire season.  Throughout the summer the Fire Protection Bureau will be providing information about how you can protect your home from wildfire.  If you have a concern regarding a neighboring property, contact the Code Enforcement Section at 509-574-2300 for investigation and abatement of wildfire hazards.  Don't get burned this summer!

 

COMING SOON - 

VOLUNTEERS IN PROTECTION (VIP) PROGRAM

The Building and Fire Safety Division has been working with neighborhood Block Watch groups to develop a volunteer corps to help address public safety awareness throughout the County.  In partnership with Yakima County Sheriff's Office, a number of dedicated citizens will be joining us as "Partners Seeking Solutions" for a safe, healthy, and economically prosperous community.  Look for more information in upcoming issues. 

 

PLANNING 

PLANNING FEES UNDER REVIEW

 

 

For several decades the Board of County Commissioners' premise underlying Planning Division fees was to achieve a balance: roughly 50% of the cost of a project would be borne by the applicant's fees, and the public sector general funds would cover the remainder because the public has a legitimate interest in the outcome of community development activities.

 

For the first time since 1997, the Planning Division has undertaken a comprehensive review of its fees. In an effort to begin to address cost recovery, the Fee Schedule was reviewed in comparison to fees from other jurisdictions as well as in relation to general processing times for each type proposal. It was determined that current fees do not reflect the actual cost of processing an application-much less 50%.

 

As a result, later this summer, a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners will be held to amend the fee ordinance. If adopted, the new recommended fees will help recover costs for work performed during proposal review. For more information, please call the Planning Division at 574-2300. 

 

PLANNING PERMIT TRENDS

 

The number of land use application submittals for the first four months of 2010 has been slightly below average overall.  However, there is no early indication that the record lows experienced in 2009 will be repeated in 2010.  Real estate-related case types, subdivisions and short subdivision exemptions are low. 

2010 Planning Application Submittals

 

January

February

March

April

APL

0

0

2

1

CUP

2

8

18

20

EAC

6

9

10

5

SEP

9

8

6

2

SSE

11

8

12

12

SUB

9

13

6

9

VAR

3

12

4

10

WET

3

6

3

3

ZON

11

0

1

0

TOTAL

54

64

62

62

 

The annual historical case numbers are presented for perspective. 

Annual Change in Total Number of Planning Cases by Case Type (2000-2009)

 

00

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

08

09

SSE

213

203

225

235

226

227

208

190

167

146

SUB

132

135

129

147

135

130

171

159

114

82

VAR

116

86

89

103

99

99

117

120

105

95

CUP

131

108

98

131

88

82

84

139

128

99

EAC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58

45

61

APL

 

 

 

 

 

8

3

6

10

10

TXT

 

 

 

 

 

2

1

3

7

0

ZON

 

7

3

18

9

9

5

9

18

4

SUB & ZON ST

592

539

544

634

557

557

589

684

594

497

SEP

70

51

45

70

65

74

66

64

73

48

WET

55

64

35

56

42

58

45

58

58

41

 ENV. subtotal

125

115

80

126

107

132

111

122

131

89

TOTAL

717

654

624

760

664

689

700

806

725

586

Source: Review of Planning Division physical files and Tidemark

 

CASE TYPES

Subdivision & Yakima Urban Area / County Zoning Cases

SSE - Short Subdivision Exemption

SUB - Short & Long Plats

VAR - Administrative Adjustments & Variances

EAC - Early Assistance Cases

CUP - Urban Class 2 & 3 /YCZO Type II & III

APL - Appeals

TXT -  Interpretations

ZON - Comp. Plan & Zoning Map amendments 

Environmental & Natural Resources Cases

SEP - SEPA reviews MDNS, DNS

WET - Critical Area and Shoreline cases

 

Planning Commission Considers Comprehensive Plan Amendments

 An open record public hearing before the Yakima County Planning Commission was held Wednesday May 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm to consider several Comprehensive Plan amendments and to consider the following file numbers: TXT 10-003 (Prior Division), TXT 10-004 (Financial Segregation), TXT 10-005 (Conservation Lots), TXT 10-007 (Ag TouristOperations), TXT 10-008 (Boundary Line Adjustment), and TXT 10-009 (Home Occupation).  Copies of the proposals and staff reports can be obtained by visiting the county website at http://www.yakimacounty.us/planning/CPA.htm or may be obtained upon request.

The Planning Commission will make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on each item after further analysis.  The public will have additional opportunity to provide input to the County Commissioners at a hearing date to be determined.  

 

If you have any questions on this proposal, please call Jason Earles, Senior Project Coordinator, at 574-2300. 

  

Yakima Urban Area Zoning Ordinance

The County is working on recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regarding updates to the Yakima Urban Area Zoning Ordinance.  The BOCC and Yakima City Council held hearings on the proposed changes.  The BOCC is currently conducting study sessions prior to holding a final public hearing to adopt changes.  A date for the hearing has not been set. 

Critical Area Ordinance Appeals

The 2007 Critical Area Ordinance Update was appealed and a hearing was held before the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board April 7th. Yakima County was found in non-compliance with the GMA on several issues.  Yakima County has subsequently filed a petition in Yakima County Superior Court to reverse some of the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board rulings.   

The 2009 Critical Area Ordinance Update was appealed and a hearing was held before the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board on May 5.  The County is currently awaiting rulings by the Growth Board regarding those appeals. 

Copies of both appeals are available online via the Planning page at: http://www.yakimacounty.us/planning/CurrentAppeals.htm   

Shoreline Master Program Appeal

The Regional Shoreline Master Program was appealed by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation on May 3.  There were nine statements of issues filed.  No hearing date is scheduled before the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.  A copy of the appeal should be available online via the Planning page by June 1.   

 

Updated Planning Forms Now Available 

New Planning application forms, checklists, questionnaires, and informational brochures are now available both online and at the Public Services Department.  We hope these documents make submittal requirements more transparent and that their use will help to reduce your permit review and processing times.  Find them online:
http://www.yakimacounty.us/PublicServices/Forms.htm
If you have any suggestions for improvements to any of the documents, please send them to judy.pozarich@co.yakima.wa.us

 

Surface Water

 

SURFACE WATER 

 

Stormwater and Drainage Review Fees Adopted

Effective April 16, 2010, all Yakima County projects greater than one acre will be required to demonstrate adequate drainage. To offset the cost of the review, Yakima County has adopted a flat rate of $600 for drainage and, effective February 11, 2011, $800 for stormwater review, which is required under the Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit. As such, Yakima County is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology to review and approve stormwater site plans for projects disturbing greater than one acre within the permit boundary.  Additional services will be billed on an actual cost basis. To learn more, see the complete stormwater ordinance revision.To review the new forms, go to: www.yakimacounty.us/publicservices/forms.htm

 

In This Issue

Building and Fire Safety: 2009 International Codes Coming Soon

Planning: Planning Fees under Review

Surface Water: Stormwater and Drainage Review Fees Adopted

 

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