The following are definitions which are not defined in
36.70A.030 but are defined here for purposes
of the procedural criteria.
means the Growth Management Act, as enacted in chapter 17, Laws of 1990 1st ex.
sess., and chapter 32, Laws of 1991 sp. sess., state of Washington as amended.
The act is codified primarily in
(2) "Achieved density" means the density at
which new development occurred in the planning period preceding the analysis
required in either
(3) "Adequate public facilities" means
facilities which have the capacity to serve development without decreasing
levels of service below locally established minimums.
(4) "Affordable housing" means residential
housing that is rented or owned by a person or household whose monthly housing
costs, including utilities other than telephone, do not exceed thirty percent
of the household's monthly income.
(5) "Allowed densities" means the density,
expressed in dwelling units per acre, allowed under a county's or city's
development regulations when considering the combined effects of all applicable
"Assumed densities" means the density at which future development is expected
to occur as specified in the land capacity analysis or the future land use
element. Assumed densities are also referred to in
36.70A.110 as densities sufficient to permit
the urban growth that is projected to occur.
(7) "Concurrency" means that adequate public
facilities are available when the impacts of development occur, or within a
specified time thereafter. This definition includes the concept of "adequate
public facilities" as defined above.
(8) "Consistency" means that no feature of a
plan or regulation is incompatible with any other feature of a plan or
regulation. Consistency is indicative of a capacity for orderly integration or
operation with other elements in a system.
(9) "Contiguous development" means
development of areas immediately adjacent to one another.
(10) "Coordination" means consultation and
cooperation among jurisdictions.
(11) "Cultural resources" is a term used
interchangeably with "lands, sites, and structures, which have historical or
archaeological and traditional cultural significance."
"Demand management strategies" or
"transportation demand management strategies" means strategies designed to
change travel behavior to make more efficient use of existing facilities to
meet travel demand. Examples of demand management strategies can include
(a) Shift demand outside of
the peak travel time;
demand to other modes of transportation;
(c) Increase the average number of occupants
(d) Decrease the
length of trips; and
(e) Avoid the
need for vehicle trips.
(13) "Domestic water system" means any system
providing a supply of potable water which is deemed adequate pursuant to
19.27.097 for the intended use of a
(14) "Family day-care
provider" is defined in
43.215.010. It is a person who regularly
provides child care and early learning services for not more than twelve
children. Children include both the provider's children, close relatives and
other children irrespective of whether the provider gets paid to care for them.
They provide their services in the family living quarters of the day care
commitment" means that sources of public or private funds or combinations
thereof have been identified which will be sufficient to finance public
facilities necessary to support development and that there is reasonable
assurance that such funds will be timely put to that end.
(16) "Growth Management Act" - see definition
preservation" or "preservation" is defined in the National Historic
Preservation Act of 1966, as identification, evaluation, recordation,
documentation, curation, acquisition, protection, management, rehabilitation,
restoration, stabilization, maintenance, research, interpretation,
conservation, and education and training regarding the foregoing activities or
any combination of the foregoing activities.
(18) "Lands, sites, and structures, that have
historical, archaeological, or traditional cultural significance" are the
tangible and material evidence of the human past, aged fifty years or older,
and include archaeological sites, historic buildings and structures, districts,
landscapes, and objects.
"Level of service" means an established minimum capacity of public facilities
or services that must be provided per unit of demand or other appropriate
measure of need. Level of service standards are synonymous with locally
established minimum standards.
"May," as used in this chapter, indicates an option counties and cities can
take at their discretion.
"Must," as used in this chapter, indicates a requirement for compliance with
the act. It has the same meaning within this chapter as "shall."
(22) "New fully contained community" is a
development proposed for location outside of the existing designated urban
growth areas which is characterized by urban densities, uses, and services, and
meets the criteria of
(23) "Planning period" means the twenty-year
period following the adoption of a comprehensive plan or such longer period as
may have been selected as the initial planning horizon.
(24) "Public service obligations" means
obligations imposed by law on utilities to furnish facilities and supply
service to all who may apply for and be reasonably entitled to
transportation plan" means the transportation plan for the regionally
designated transportation system which is produced by the regional
transportation planning organization.
(26) "Regional transportation planning
organization (RTPO)" means the voluntary organization conforming to
47.80.020, consisting of counties and cities
within a region containing one or more counties which have common
"Rural lands" means all lands which are not within an urban growth area and are
not designated as natural resource lands having long-term commercial
significance for production of agricultural products, timber, or the extraction
(28) "Sanitary sewer
systems" means all facilities, including approved on-site disposal facilities,
used in the collection, transmission, storage, treatment, or discharge of any
waterborne waste, whether domestic in origin or a combination of domestic,
commercial, or industrial waste. On-site disposal facilities are only
considered sanitary sewer systems if they are designed to serve urban
(29) "Shall," as used in
this chapter, indicates a requirement for compliance with the act. It has the
same meaning within this chapter as "must."
(30) "Should," as used in this chapter,
indicates the advice of the department, but does not indicate a requirement for
compliance with the act.
"Solid waste handling facility" means any facility for the transfer or ultimate
disposal of solid waste, including land fills and municipal
(32) "Sufficient land
capacity for development" means that the comprehensive plan and development
regulations provide for the capacity necessary to accommodate all the growth in
population and employment that is allocated to that jurisdiction through the
process outlined in the county-wide planning policies.
(33) "Transportation facilities" includes
capital facilities related to air, water, or land transportation.
(34) "Transportation level of service
standards" means a measure which describes the operational condition of the
travel stream and acceptable adequacy requirements. Such standards may be
expressed in terms such as speed and travel time, freedom to maneuver, traffic
interruptions, comfort, convenience, geographic accessibility, and
(35) "Transportation system
management" means the use of low cost solutions to increase the performance of
the transportation system. Transportation system management (TSM) strategies
include but are not limited to signalization, channelization, ramp metering,
incident response programs, and bus turn-outs.
(36) "Utilities" or "public utilities" means
enterprises or facilities serving the public by means of an integrated system
of collection, transmission, distribution, and processing facilities through
more or less permanent physical connections between the plant of the serving
entity and the premises of the customer. Included are systems for the delivery
of natural gas, electricity, telecommunications services, and water, and for
the disposal of sewage.
"Visioning" means a process of citizen involvement to determine values and
ideals for the future of a community and to transform those values and ideals
into manageable and feasible community goals.