DECLINING REVENUES LEAD
TO STAFF REDUCTIONS IN
BUILDING & FIRE SAFETY DIVISION
a result of revenue shortfalls in 2008 and 2009, the Building Division
laid off eight of its 19 staff members late last year. Included in the
cut were four building inspectors, two plans examiners, one project
coordinator and one administrative support staff member--a 42 percent
staff reduction. The graph above illustrates the steep revenue
decline which followed several years of steady growth.
ANNUAL FEE INCREASES TAKE EFFECT
applying for building-related permits will see a slight increase in
fees this year. The increase, which amounts to 0.56% or 1/2 cent per
dollar, are tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and were adjusted as
provided by annual resolution. Planning customers, meanwhile, can expect
to pay about five dollars more for a permit.
The new fee list will be available soon on our website:
WEST VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN AND AREA-WIDE REZONE ADOPTED
The Board of County Commissioners and Yakima City Council have jointly adopted the West Valley Neighborhood Plan (WVNP) as an amendment to the Yakima Urban Area Comprehensive Plan 2025.
both jurisdictions also rezoned the 8.3-square mile West Valley
Planning Area to be consistent with the plan. This rezone applies the
Yakima Urban Area Zoning Ordinance (YCC Title 15A) to the unincorporated
portion of the planning area, which was previously zoned by the Yakima
County Zoning Ordinance (YCC Title 15). Thus, the Yakima Urban Area
Zoning Ordinance now applies to the entire Yakima Urban Growth Area,
which is comprised of West Valley, the City of Yakima, and Terrace
and area-wide rezone are effective on February 28, 2011 for the
unincorporated portion of the planning area and on March 20 for the
portion within the Yakima city limits.
More information is available at: http://www.yakimacounty.us/planning/WestValleyPlan.htm
AMENDMENTS TO ZONING AND SUBDIVISION ORDINANCES ADOPTED
December the Board of County Commissioners adopted several amendments
to the Yakima County Subdivision Ordinance (YCC Title 14) and the Yakima
County Zoning Ordinance (YCC Title 15).
Subdivision Ordinance amendments address two types of qualified
exemptions, namely "prior divisions of land" and "financial
segregations." The amendment to the definition of prior divisions
of land changes what types of prior divisions are eligible for the
qualified exemption. The amendment to the definition of financial
segregation eliminates the Planning Division's jurisdiction over such
Zoning Ordinance amendments clarify the definitions of several types of
Agricultural Tourist Operations (ATOs), specifically Retail ATOs,
Destination ATOs, and Resort ATOs. The amendment also adds or amends the
following types of uses in the zoning ordinance and specifies the
levels of review for each: Domestic Brewery, Micro Brewery, Craft
Distillery, Distillery, and Winery.
copies of the updated Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances (replacement
pages and/or the entire Ordinances) are available now at the Public
An online version will be available soon at:
ADULT ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES
ZONING PROVISIONS ORDINANCE
PUBLIC HEARING MARCH 16
regulations for adult entertainment facilities are the subject of an
open record public hearing before the Planning Commission on Wednesday,
March 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Yakima Convention Center.
consideration are proposed text amendments to Yakima County Code Titles
15, Zoning, and 15A, Yakima Urban Area Zoning. The File Numbers are
An informational open house will precede the public hearing at 6:00 p.m.
For more information, please visit our website at :