WA.) -- The city's Planning Commission will hold a public hearing
at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3, to consider updating the City’s
rules about "vesting" of development permit applications.
hearing will be at the George Gilbertson Boardroom of the Snohomish
School District Resource Center located at 1601 Avenue D.
is the right provided to applicants that ensures they can build their
projects to the codes in
place at the time they submit their
permit applications, even if the regulations change after
city offcials say the current vesting rules are out-of-date because
they refer to the "Vested Rights Doctrine," which a recent
court decision ruled is no longer the correct way to provide vested
Snohomish Municipal Code therefore has to be changed to remove this
reference and to specifically list the applications that vesting
rights are attached to.
Planning Commission will also consider proposed changes to
regulations for determining when a development
permit application is determined to be complete -- and that when
issue is important because vesting rights are provided at the time an
application is determined to be complete.
City’s current rules regarding the status of applications are not
specific enough to make them meaningful. Also, the rules are spread
out through several sections of the code. The proposed code amendment
will strengthen the rules and place them in a single section,"
said a recent city statement about the issue.
residents are encouraged to get involved and participate in the
process of amending the City’s vesting rules. You can offer your
ideas and comments in person at the public hearing or you can send
written comments to Planning Director Glen Pickus at
or deliver them to City Hall at 116 Union
read the staff report and the proposed code amendments download the
Planning Commission’s agenda for its May 3 meeting here
more information about vesting, complete applications, and the
upcoming Planning Commission public hearing, contact Planning
Director Glen Pickus at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 360-282-3173.