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Department of Permitting and Environmental Review

Department of Permitting and Environmental Review
35030 SE Douglas St., Ste. 210
Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9266
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Phone: 206-296-6600
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Department of Permitting legislative news: Legislation for public review and comment

Marijuana-related business zoning ordinance (12/31/2013 Update)

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COMMENTS:

VASHON PROPOSED AMENDMENT MAPS: 

RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA PRODUCTION, PROCESSING, RETAIL

  •  Adopted Ordinance 2013-0472, effective December 29, 2013

  •  Adopted Ordinance 2013-0524, effective December 29, 2013

  • MEDICAL MARIJUANA COLLECTIVE GARDENS (moratorium)

    •  Adopted Ordinance 2013-0530, effective December 16, 2013

    For Marijuana questions, contact Ty Peterson via email at DPERCannabisFeedback@kingcounty.gov or by telephone at 206-477-0449. 
    For Vashon Town Plan Amendments, contact Lisa Verner at Lisa.Verner@Kingcounty.gov or by telephone at 206-477-0304.


    School Impact Fees

    • In September, the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) intends to forward a proposed ordinance on school impact fees to the Metropolitan King County Council for consideration and adoption. 

    •   The purpose of this proposed ordinance is to adopt school impact fees to be collected from all nonexempt new residential development in the unincorporated portions of the Tahoma, Federal Way, Riverview, Issaquah, Snoqualmie Valley, Lake Washington, Highline, Kent, Northshore, Enumclaw, Fife, Auburn and Renton school districts.

    •   All collected fees and earned interest are distributed to the respective school districts for expenditure on capital facilities projects, which are necessary to accommodate residential growth within the districts.

      Please see http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/permits/codes/legislation/legnews/PublicReviewComment.aspx#school for the proposed ordinance and more information.

      DPER has conducted stakeholder review of the draft proposed ordinance. Further comments may be sent, no later than Friday, August 9, 2013, 4:00 p.m., to:  Elizabeth Lee; Department of Permitting and Environmental Review; 35030 SE Douglas St., Suite 210, Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9266.  E-mail: elizabeth.lee@kingcounty.gov   Telephone: 206-477-0332.

    • Plain Language Summary -  Adobe Acrobat (PDF) ,  MS Word (DOC)

    • 2013 Proposed Ordinance - Adobe Acrobat (PDF) ,  MS Word (DOC)

    • 2013 Notice of Intent to Amend -  Adobe Acrobat (PDF) ,  MS Word (DOC)

       

    Land Use Development Regulations

    King County Land Use Regulations govern the development and use of land in unincorporated King County. Many of these regulations are found in K.C.C. Title 21A, King County Zoning Regulations.

    King County's zoning code establishes standards for uses that are allowed within each of the different zoning categories and under what conditions. The zoning code also establishes standards for how development should occur, including minimum parking requirements, setbacks from streets and adjacent properties, landscaping, and other aspects of development that have an impact on the surrounding community. The current zoning code was originally adopted in 1993. The zoning code is found in Title 21A.

    The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (Permitting) is considering a package of amendments its development regulations and accepted public comment on the proposals through Friday, July 12.  After reviewing public comments, the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review will make a recommendation to the King County Executive who will then decide whether to forward the recommendations to the King County Council for its review. The King County Council will hold public meetings and take comment on any recommendations before it takes action.

     

    Building and Fire Code Update

    Every three years the Washington State Building Code Council updates the state building code. These updates reflect changes made to the International Building and Fire Codes approved by the International Codes Council. King County's building and fire codes are generally required to be consistent with the state codes. However, the county may add provisions that address specific issues or concerns for building construction and fire safety in King County.

    The last update to the King County Building and Fire Codes was approved in 2010 to adopt the 2009 state building code. The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review is considering a package of amendments to the King County building and fire codes and accepted public comment on the proposals through Friday, July 12. After reviewing public comments, the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review will make a recommendation to the King County Executive who will then decide whether to forward the recommendations to the King County Council for its review. The King County Council will hold public meetings and take comment on any recommendations before it takes action.