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Director: Dale Pernula

Duration of Preliminary Approval of Short Subdivisions

On March 6, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Interim Ordinance O20170002 extending the time period for preliminary approval of short subdivisions by one year, from 36 to 48 months. The State Legislature, recognizing the economic hardship created by the recent recession, had previously extended the duration of preliminary approval for pre-2014 long subdivisions through amendments to RCW 58.17.140 but did not so extend for short subdivisions. This action extended by one year, the duration of the interim ordinance, the duration of approval for preliminary short subdivisions.

The Board has directed Planning & Development Services to draft final regulations regarding preliminary subdivision approval duration for short subdivisions, propose those regulations for public comment and review and recommendation by the Planning Commission consistent with SCC Chapter 14.08, and propose permanent regulations for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners by August 1, 2017, for permanent adoption prior to December 31, 2017.