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MAR 2011
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DECLINING REVENUES LEAD 

TO STAFF REDUCTIONS IN 

BUILDING & FIRE SAFETY DIVISION

 

As 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.  

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ANNUAL FEE INCREASES TAKE EFFECT

Customers 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:

http://www.yakimacounty.us/PublicServices/default.htm

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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.

 

Concurrently, 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 Heights.

 

The WVNP 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

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AMENDMENTS TO ZONING AND SUBDIVISION ORDINANCES ADOPTED

 

In 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).

 

The 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 actions.

 

The 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.

 

Hard copies of the updated Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances (replacement pages and/or the entire Ordinances) are available now at the Public Services Department.

 

An online version will be available soon at:

http://www.yakimacounty.us/PublicServices/Ordinances.htm

ADULT ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES

ZONING PROVISIONS ORDINANCE

 PUBLIC HEARING MARCH 16

 

Zoning 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. 

 

Under consideration are proposed text amendments to Yakima County Code Titles 15, Zoning, and 15A, Yakima Urban Area Zoning. The File Numbers are PRJ2011-00101/TXT2010-00010/SEP2011-00012.

An informational open house will precede the public hearing at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit our website at :

http://www.yakimacounty.us/Planning/AdultFacilitiesInfo.htm

In This Issue
Declining Revenues Lead to Staff Reductions in Building & Fire Safety Division
Annual Fee Increases Take Effect
West Valley Neighborhood Plan and Area-Wide Rezone Adopted
Amendments to Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance Adopted
Adult Entertainment Facilities Zoning Provisions Ordinance
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