18.58.010   Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards that the city will apply to guide the review, siting and development of essential public facilities, consistent with the definitions and requirements of RCW 36.70A.200. The city's review procedures and criteria are intended to ensure that it has an opportunity to identify and address the scale and nature of essential public facilities that serve a regional or state-wide interest.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)

18.58.020   Review procedures.


The process for reviewing proposed essential public facilities will be consistent with the direction in the King County countywide planning policies.


Essential public facilities are processed as conditional uses according to the procedures and criteria in Chapters 18.08 and 18.12, respectively.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)

18.58.030   Decision criteria.

In reviewing applications for essential public facilities, and in identifying and imposing reasonable conditions of approval, the hearing examiner and the city council will apply the following criteria:


The proposal is consistent with the goals and policies of the comprehensive plan and applicable provisions of the city code;


The proposal supports adopted land use patterns and designations;


The applicant has conducted a site selection process that has evaluated alternative sites within the region;


Appropriate public participation in the siting decision has occurred consistent with state law;


The project site meets the facility's minimum site requirements, including setbacks, access, support facilities, public services, topography, geology, and on-site mitigation needs;


The proposal incorporates specific features to ensure that it responds to the existing or intended character, appearance, quality of development, and physical characteristics of the site and surrounding property;


Appropriate environmental review pursuant to SEPA has occurred and has evaluated significant impacts of the proposal to the environment, including economic development programs of the city; and


Reasonable mitigation measures have been developed that are appropriate in light of the project's scope, applicable requirements of the city code, and state and federal law, and impacts identified pursuant to SEPA.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)