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Record No: CB 118518    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 118518
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/12/2015
Ordinance No: Ord 124885
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending Section 25.05.800 of the Seattle Municipal Code to repeal the categorical exemption for SEPA review of proposed "infill" development.
Sponsors: Mike O'Brien
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. DPD Director's Report (September 2015), 3. Central Staff Memo (9/29/15), 4. Memo Attachment A (9/29/15), 5. Signed Ord 124885
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending Section 25.05.800 of the Seattle Municipal Code to repeal the categorical exemption for SEPA review of proposed "infill" development.
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WHEREAS in 2003, the law governing infill development categorical exemptions (RCW 43.21C.229) was enacted by the state of Washington to encourage growth consistent with the Growth Management Act; and
WHEREAS the infill development categorical exemptions are allowed to be applied by local governments within an urban growth area, when the environmental impacts of such exemptions and of a comprehensive plan have been considered, and where density and intensity objectives for growth areas are included in a comprehensive plan; and
WHEREAS in 2012, The City of Seattle adopted infill development categorical exemptions for Urban Centers and Urban Villages that contain a Station Area Overlay District; and
WHEREAS anticipated 2015 amendments to Seattle's Comprehensive Plan will include growth estimates for only Urban Centers until growth estimates are adopted for Urban Villages, as part of the Comprehensive Plan amendments City Council will consider in 2016; and
WHEREAS the amendments in this legislation are intended to temporarily repeal the infill development categorical exemptions until such time as the City Council reinstates them with legislation following the adoption of new Urban Village growth estimates into the Comprehensive Plan, NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subsection 25.05.800.A of the Seattle Municipal Code, which section was last amended by Ordinance 124843, is amended as follows:
25.05.800 Categorical exemptions
The proposed actions contained in this Subchapter IX are categorically exempt from threshold determination and EIS requirements, subject to the rules and limitations on categorical exemptions contained in...

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