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                         SENATE BILL 6066



State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senators Spanel and Haugen


Read first time 02/16/2001.  Referred to Committee on State & Local Government.

Revising the definition of "public facilities" with regard to imposition of impact fees.

    AN ACT Relating to impact fees for fire protection facilities in urban growth areas not contiguous to a city or town; and amending RCW 82.02.090.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 82.02.090 and 1990 1st ex.s. c 17 s 48 are each amended to read as follows:

    Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the following definitions shall apply in RCW 82.02.050 through 82.02.090:

    (1) "Development activity" means any construction or expansion of a building, structure, or use, any change in use of a building or structure, or any changes in the use of land, that creates additional demand and need for public facilities.

    (2) "Development approval" means any written authorization from a county, city, or town which authorizes the commencement of development activity.

    (3) "Impact fee" means a payment of money imposed upon development as a condition of development approval to pay for public facilities needed to serve new growth and development, and that is reasonably related to the new development that creates additional demand and need for public facilities, that is a proportionate share of the cost of the public facilities, and that is used for facilities that reasonably benefit the new development.  "Impact fee" does not include a reasonable permit or application fee.

    (4) "Owner" means the owner of record of real property, although when real property is being purchased under a real estate contract, the purchaser shall be considered the owner of the real property if the contract is recorded.

    (5) "Proportionate share" means that portion of the cost of public facility improvements that are reasonably related to the service demands and needs of new development.

    (6) "Project improvements" mean site improvements and facilities that are planned and designed to provide service for a particular development project and that are necessary for the use and convenience of the occupants or users of the project, and are not system improvements.  No improvement or facility included in a capital facilities plan approved by the governing body of the county, city, or town shall be considered a project improvement.

    (7) "Public facilities" means the following capital facilities owned or operated by government entities:  (a) Public streets and roads; (b) publicly owned parks, open space, and recreation facilities; (c) school facilities; and (d) fire protection facilities in jurisdictions that are not part of a fire district other than that portion of a fire district within an urban growth area if such urban growth area is not contiguous to the boundary of any city or town.

    (8) "Service area" means a geographic area defined by a county, city, town, or intergovernmental agreement in which a defined set of public facilities provide service to development within the area.  Service areas shall be designated on the basis of sound planning or engineering principles.

    (9) "System improvements" mean public facilities that are included in the capital facilities plan and are designed to provide service to service areas within the community at large, in contrast to project improvements.


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