identical, and consistency among standards (one standard does not preclude another standard).
Clarity: The update language is clear where there are specific standards, or there arecriteria for interpretation or implementation of a regulation.
BERK Consulting submitted the consistency analysis to the City on May 8, 2013, and it is included asAttachment A. Many of the revisions are straightforward grammatical and organizational improvements,and the consultant has shown these in strike-out/underline. In other instances, the consultant has identifiedwhere revisions are recommended for administrative or policy consistency, or areas where clarification is
needed from staff. The consultant highlighted these with “comment balloons” in the right margin, and
staff has added additional comment (in
text) to clarify the purpose of the revision and whether additional staff review is needed.
Staff recommends that the revisions identified in the consistency analysis be incorporated into thefinal SMP Update document that is forwarded to the Department of Ecology.
Review of City Council Motions
Staff has compiled all of the City Council motions made to date (Attachment B) and comparedthem to the draft Update document to ensure that the motions are accurately reflected. In somecases, staff is recommending that the amendatory language be modified to more clearly meet the
intent of the Council’s motion. Staff has prep
ared a matrix (Attachment C) that identifies thespecific Council motion and proposes alternative implementing language that staff feels is clearer.The matrix also includes one revision proposed by staff in response to public comment at theMay 8 Public Hearing, to clarify that a 25% expansion of a building configuration within theShoreline Buffer may occur only once. Staff is requesting that the Council confirm the proposedlanguage at the May 15 meeting.
Resolution 2013-10 and the Adoption Process
When the City Council completes its review of the SMP Update, the City must file a Letter of Intent to Adopt (RCW 90-58-090) with the Department of Ecology (DOE). Resolution 2013-10has been developed for this purpose and has been reviewed by the City Attorney.Once the Department of
Ecology deems the City’s submittal to be complete, DOE will
hold a 30-day comment period and one Public Hearing. The City is then responsible for responding to all public comment, and making any revisions required by DOE. Once DOE has reviewed and given
final approval to the City’s SMP Update, the City Council ad
opts the regulations by ordinance.
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