Interim Development Regulations

During their Special Meeting on Thursday, March 14, the City Council voted to adopt Ordinance No. O2019-481, Extending Interim Development Regulations regarding The Design And Construction Of Short Plats And Subdivisions Authorized By The Growth Management Act As Adopted In Ordinance No. 02018-468 And As Amended By Ordinance No. 02018-471 For A Period Of Six Months; Providing For Severability; And Establishing An Effective Date.

The City Council extended the Interim Development Regulations from March 14, 2019 to September 14, 2019 to allow adequate time for the City to continue to analyze and determine development regulations sufficient to provide for appropriate regulation of the design and construction of subdivisions and short plats within the City.

Amended Interim Development Regulations

During their Regular Business Meeting on Tuesday, November 6, the City Council voted to readopt the Emergency Interim Development Regulations, O2018-468, with eight amendments. This new Ordinance, O2018-471, is valid for the remainder of the six (6) months period of the Interim Development Regulations with other City Council directed potential amendments to be considered in early 2019. The City Council directed staff and Planning Commission to consider other potential amendments. The formal legislative review process will start on December 13, 2018 and the final City Council deliberations are expected to be held on March 4, 2019.

The additional amendments include: Correction of Scriveners Errors, Exception to Interim Development Regulations, Mass Grading Definition, Grading Limits Exception, Setbacks, Building Façade, Fences, and Adjustment Setbacks.

During their Regular Business Meeting on Tuesday, September 18, the City Council voted to adopt an emergency Ordinance, O2018-468, establishing interim regulations for the design and construction of new development in the City including short plats and subdivisions. These interim development regulations support goals set forth in the City’s Comprehensive Plan and reflect changes requested by Sammamish residents with respect to clearing and grading, building height and setbacks, density rounding calculations, fence heights, and off-street parking requirements.

Sammamish Municipal Code (SMC) chapters affected by the ordinance include SMC 16.15, 21A.15, 21A.25, 21A.30, 21A.35, and 21A.40. These interim development regulations are effective immediately from September 19, 2018, and remain valid for six (6) months. The City Council will hold a Public Hearing on the emergency Ordinance establishing these interim development regulations at their Regular Business Meeting on November 6, 2018, in order to take public testimony and to consider taking further action on this issue.


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