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COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT PROCESS

2017 Updates
On July 18, 2017, the City Council held a public hearing on the 2017 citizen-initiated site-specific requests and determined that all eleven should be studied further. At the end of the meeting, the City Council made the following motion: “I move to forward for further consideration the eleven citizen-initiated site-specific requests presented here tonight, and further instruct staff to include neighboring properties in the vicinity of Requests 8-13, should the property owners so desire.” The city will notify all neighboring properties in the vicinity of site-specific requests 8-13 that they may join in the request for a comprehensive plan amendment and rezone.

Subsequent Meeting Dates
The subsequent meeting dates have been changed from what is in the October 25, 2017, Staff Report to the following:

Land Use/Transportation Committee (LUTC) December 4, 2017, 5:00 pm, City Hall Council Chambers
City Council (1st Reading) January 2, 2018, 7:00 pm, City Hall Council Chambers
City Council (2nd Reading) January 16, 2018, 7:00 pm, City Hall Council Chambers

 

Relevant Documents

Process Description

Yearly Application – The Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC) requires the city to accept applications for amendments to the Federal Way Comprehensive Plan (FWCP) text and map (citizen-initiated site-specific requests) on an annual basis. The deadline for applications is September 30th of each year.

The Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process has two stages:

  1. Selection Process – FWRC 19.80.080 contains eight criteria that are used to determine whether a request should be considered further, e.g. consistency with the comprehensive plan.
  2. Formal Process – Those requests to be considered further are analyzed based on criteria in FWRC 19.80.140 and 19.80.150, e.g., compatibility with adjacent uses and adequacy of capital facilities, such as schools and roads.

Selection Process – After the September 30th deadline, the City Council holds a public hearing to select those applications that are to be studied further. The applications are then reviewed and researched by staff and a recommendation by the Mayor is developed. That recommendation is sent to the Federal Way Planning Commission for a public hearing. The Planning Commission makes a recommendation on the proposed amendments to the City Council's Land/Use Transportation Committee (LUTC). The LUTC then sends their recommendation to the City Council, who makes the final determination on the applications.

Formal Process – The city will notify all applicants that their request is going forward for further study and consideration and that review fees must be paid at this time. Please see below for additional specific steps in the process.

Public Participation – The city will prepare a list of “Interested Citizens” based on written and oral testimony. Whenever new written reports (such as a threshold determination under the State Environmental Policy Act [SEPA] or staff reports) are available, they will be placed on this website and interested citizens will be notified of their availability by email (preferably). In addition, citizens will be notified by email that hearings or meetings have been scheduled.

Steps in the Formal Process

SEPA Issued (14 day comment and 21 appeal period)

City’s public notification process will occur as follows:

  • Public notice in the Federal Way Mirror.
  • Notice shall be posted on the official city public notice boards (City Hall and libraries).
  • All sites will be posted.
  • A copy will be sent to the persons receiving the property tax statements for all property within 300 feet of each boundary of the subject property.

Planning Commission Public Hearing

 

Public Notice given as above.

LUTC Meeting

Notification given via the City Clerk’s page via the following Public Notices link:

http://www.cityoffederalway.com/page/public-notices

City Council 1st Reading

Notification given via the City Clerk’s page via the following Public Notices link:

http://www.cityoffederalway.com/page/public-notices

City Council 2nd Reading

Notification given via the City Clerk’s page via the following Public Notices link:

http://www.cityoffederalway.com/page/public-notices

 

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