61st Legislature
2010 Regular Session

Passed by the House January 28, 2010
  Yeas 97   Nays 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Passed by the Senate March 3, 2010
  Yeas 47   Nays 0

President of the Senate

I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2740 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.

Chief Clerk

Governor of the State of Washington

Secretary of State
State of Washington



Passed Legislature - 2010 Regular Session
State of Washington61st Legislature2010 Regular Session

By Representatives Seaquist and Angel

Read first time 01/13/10.   Referred to Committee on Local Government & Housing.

     AN ACT Relating to the definition of land use decision in the land use petition act; and amending RCW 36.70C.020.


Sec. 1   RCW 36.70C.020 and 2009 c 419 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
     Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.
     (1) "Energy overlay zone" means a formal plan enacted by the county legislative authority that establishes suitable areas for siting renewable resource projects based on currently available resources and existing infrastructure with sensitivity to adverse environmental impact.
     (2) "Land use decision" means a final determination by a local jurisdiction's body or officer with the highest level of authority to make the determination, including those with authority to hear appeals, on:
     (a) An application for a project permit or other governmental approval required by law before real property may be improved, developed, modified, sold, transferred, or used, but excluding applications for permits or approvals to use, vacate, or transfer streets, parks, and similar types of public property; excluding applications for legislative approvals such as area-wide rezones and annexations; and excluding applications for business licenses;
     (b) An interpretative or declaratory decision regarding the application to a specific property of zoning or other ordinances or rules regulating the improvement, development, modification, maintenance, or use of real property; and
     (c) The enforcement by a local jurisdiction of ordinances regulating the improvement, development, modification, maintenance, or use of real property. However, when a local jurisdiction is required by law to enforce the ordinances in a court of limited jurisdiction, a petition may not be brought under this chapter.
     Where a local jurisdiction allows or requires a motion for reconsideration to the highest level of authority making the determination, and a timely motion for reconsideration has been filed, the land use decision occurs on the date a decision is entered on the motion for reconsideration, and not the date of the original decision for which the motion for reconsideration was filed.
     (3) "Local jurisdiction" means a county, city, or incorporated town.
     (4) "Person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, association, public or private organization, or governmental entity or agency.
     (5) "Renewable resources" has the same meaning provided in RCW 19.280.020.

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