Chapter 18.78   ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

Sections:


18.78.010   Intent.

It is the intent of this section to:

A.

Protect public health and general welfare;

B.

Establish minimum standards for the control of environmental pollution;

C.

Minimize the adverse effects of contaminants which may result from the use of land by any activity or person.

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

18.78.020   Environmental performance standards generally.

It shall be the responsibility of the operator and/or the proprietor of any permitted use to provide such reasonable evidence and technical data as the director may require to demonstrate that the use or activity is, or will be, in compliance with the performance standards of this chapter.

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

18.78.030   Reserved.

Editor's note— Ord. No. 948, § 54, adopted October 7, 2010, repealed § 18.78.030, which pertained to noise and derived from Ord. No. 909, adopted June 18, 2009.

18.78.040   Emissions.

A.

Air pollution, including the emission of odors, shall be controlled by the operator and/or proprietor of any land use or activity; and the ambient air quality standards of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency shall apply to all air contaminants listed therein.

B.

Toxic substances shall be kept to concentrations not exceeding one-fiftieth of interior standards by use of the best available control methods and technology in all phases of plant operation and handling of materials, and by an active commitment to good housekeeping practices.

1.

Toxic substances not listed in Regulation I of PSCAA, but released into the air shall be limited in accordance with the most current publication entitled "Threshold Limit Values," of the American Conference of Governmental Hygienists.

C.

Liquid wastes shall be disposed of through local sanitary sewer systems only upon approval of affected sewer district authorities.

D.

Liquid or solid wastes unacceptable to public sewer authorities shall be disposed of on a regular basis in keeping with the best operating characteristics of the industry, and in compliance with the regulations and requirements of local, regional, state or federal agencies having jurisdiction in waste disposal and environmental health and safety.

E.

Heat and Glare. Any operation producing intense heat or glare shall be performed within an enclosure so as to completely obscure such operation from view from any point along the property line.

F.

Radioactive Materials and Radiation Devices. The use, storage, transportation and disposal of all radioactive materials and radiation machines shall be subject to the regulatory jurisdiction and control of the Radiation Control Agency of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services as amended.

G.

Vibration and Concussion. No use shall cause earth vibrations or concussions detectable without the aid of instruments beyond its lot lines, with the exception of the temporary vibration produced as a result of construction activity. Such temporary construction activity shall be restricted to the hours between seven a. m. and six p.m.

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

18.78.050   Storage and appearance.

In the conduct of any business, the storage of merchandise, raw materials, equipment, fixtures, scraps or solid wastes shall comply with the following requirements:

A.

Every reasonable effort shall be made by persons operating a business to store all such materials within an enclosed building, with the following exceptions:

1.

Where such inside storage is not practical or desirable for reasons related to health, fire or safety codes.

2.

Where the outside storage of merchandise, manufactured products, or raw materials is normal and standard practice, such as in the sale of automotive equipment, mobile homes, lumber, gardening materials, nursery stock and the like, or on the site of construction projects.

3.

When materials or products are temporarily stored outside incidental to shipping, delivery, loading or unloading thereof.

B.

Outside storage shall be maintained in an orderly manner and shall create no:

1.

Visual offense to the premises, adjacent properties or the public right-of-way;

2.

Fire, safety, health or sanitary hazard.

C.

Storage in residential areas shall comply with the same requirements as those specified for business establishments and shall, in addition, comply with the following:

1.

Motor vehicles, appliances, and any other mechanical equipment which is no longer operable shall not be stored outside for a period exceeding thirty days.

2.

Operable motor vehicles, boats, trailers, recreational vehicles and the like may be stored on the premises provided that they do not obstruct the use of public right-of-way or interfere with traffic visibility, especially the visibility of and at intersections of streets. Vehicles so stored shall not be used as living quarters.

D.

Storage in or on the public right-of-way is prohibited.

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

18.78.060   Reserved.

Editor's note— Ord. No. 948, § 55, adopted October 7, 2010, repealed § 18.78.060, which pertained to other ordinances and derived from Ord. No. 909, adopted June 18, 2009.

18.78.070   Enforcement.

A.

The director is authorized and required to enforce the minimum standards of this chapter.

B.

In the enforcement of this chapter, the director may require the operator or owner of an existing or proposed activity or use to submit reasonable evidence and technical data to demonstrate that the use or activity is or will be in compliance with the performance standards of this chapter.

C.

The director may undertake independent studies and engage such technical assistance as may be needed for such studies or to evaluate data or information submitted by an applicant in connection with the performance standards of any activity.

D.

The applicant, owner, operator or developer shall pay for or reimburse the city for the costs incurred in the conduct of such tests as the city may require and for costs incurred by the city to engage technical consultants for review and interpretation of data and findings submitted by or on behalf of the developer.

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