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Public hearing on tap tomorrow for unified land development code

YAKIMA - The public is invited to offer comments on the proposed Title 19 – the Unified Land Development – code at a hearing before the Board of Yakima County Commissioners tomorrow (Tuesday).

The hearing is the county commissioners’ opportunity to take public testimony on the proposed code as recommended by the Yakima County Planning Commission.

The proposed code clarifies, simplifies and streamlines county land development codes consistent with state law and adopted comprehensive plans.

The county’s lead on this proposed code, Steve Erickson, said the two-year effort has focused on updating the county’s environmental, zoning and subdivision ordinances - called official controls – as well as the county’s procedural codes and fee structure.

The proposed Title 19 is a product of the Code Update/Simplification Project initiated by the county commissioners.

The Yakima County Planning Commission held a public hearing on May 14 of this year, and forwarded its findings and recommendations on the proposed Title 19 to the county commissioners on June 18.

Erickson said the Code Update/Simplification Project invited customers who are frequent users of the county’s planning and development codes to come together for the purpose of improving the regulations. Thirty-five work sessions spread out over 13 months were held with the customer groups to develop the planning commission hearing draft.

“As a result of the consolidation, the overall length of Title 19 has been reduced from 79 chapters and 505 pages in the three existing codes by about 65 pages within 20 chapters, even after new subjects and issues added pages to the document,” said Erickson.

“The consolidated Title 19 is approximately 67 percent existing regulation; 25 percent new text and 8 percent hybrid…blending of old and new requirements,” noted Erickson.

He added that no zoning district boundary changes are part of this proposal.

The county planning com-

mission’s findings and recommendation, as well as the proposed revised hearing draft, the staff report to the board and other information is available for review on-line at: http://www.yakimacounty.us/CUSP/newsandevents.html.

The Tuesday, Aug. 19, public hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Yakima City Hall council chambers (129 N. Second St.).

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