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A. Purpose. Administration of the development code is intended to be expedient and effective. The purpose of this chapter is to identify the processes, authorities and timing for administration of development permits. Public noticing and hearing procedures, decision criteria, appeal procedures, dispute resolution and code interpretation issues are also described.

B. Objectives. Guide customers confidently through the permit process; process permits equitably and expediently; balance the needs of permit applicants with neighbors; allow for an appropriate level of public notice and involvement; make decisions quickly and at the earliest possible time; allow for administrative decision-making, except for those decisions requiring the exercise of discretion which are reserved for appointed decision makers; ensure that decisions are made consistently and predictably; and resolve conflicts at the earliest possible time.

C. Roles and Responsibilities. The roles and responsibilities for carrying out the provisions of the development code are shared by appointed boards and commissions, elected officials and city staff. The authorities of each of these bodies are set forth below.

1. City Council. The city council is responsible for establishing policy and legislation affecting land use within the city. The city council acts on recommendations of the planning commission and hearing examiner.

2. Planning Commission. The role of the planning commission in administering the development code is governed by Chapter 3.46 MICC. In general, the planning commission is the designated planning agency for the city (see Chapter 35A.63 RCW). The planning commission makes recommendations to the city council on land use legislation, comprehensive plan amendments and quasi-judicial matters.

3. Design Commission. The role of the design commission in administering the development code is governed by Chapter 3.34 MICC and MICC 19.15.220. In general, the design commission is responsible for maintaining the city’s design standards and acting on sign, commercial and multiple-family design applications.

4. Community Planning and Development Department. The responsible officials in the community planning and development department act upon ministerial and administrative permits.

a. The code official is responsible for administration, interpretation and enforcement of the development code.

b. The building official is responsible for administration and interpretation of the building code, except for the International Fire Code.

c. The city engineer is responsible for the administration and interpretation of engineering standards.

d. The environmental official is responsible for the administration of the State Environmental Policy Act and the shoreline master program.

e. The fire code official is responsible for administration and interpretation of the International Fire Code.

5. Hearing Examiner. The role of the hearing examiner in administering the development code is governed by Chapter 3.40 MICC. (Ord. 18C-08 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. 17C-15 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. 17C-12 § 10; Ord. 13C-12 § 5; Ord. 11C-05 § 2; Ord. 11C-04 § 2; Ord. 10C-06 § 5; Ord. 10C-01 § 5; Ord. 08C-01 § 8; Ord. 06C-06 § 2; Ord. 06C-05 § 2; Ord. 05C-12 § 9; Ord. 04C-12 § 16; Ord. 04C-08 § 3; Ord. 03C-08 §§ 9, 10; Ord. 02C-04 § 5; Ord. 02C-01 § 6; Ord. 99C-13 § 1).