ORDINANCE NO. 661
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, AMENDING TITLE 16 OF THE UNIVERSITY PLACE MUNICIPAL CODE, COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, BY AMENDING THE INTRODUCTION CHAPTER, THE PLAN MAP, AND THE COMMUNITY CHARACTER, LAND USE, HOUSING, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, TRANSPORTATION, CAPITAL FACILITIES, UTILITIES, AND PARKS, RECREATION AND OPEN SPACE ELEMENTS, CONSISTENT WITH PERIODIC UPDATE REQUIREMENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GROWTH MANAGEMENT ACT, RCW 36.70A 130(5)(a)
WHEREAS, in enacting the Growth Management Act (Chapter 36.70A RCW, hereafter GMA) the Legislature found that "uncoordinated and unplanned growth, together with a lack of common goals expressing the public's interest in the conservation and the wise use of our lands, pose a threat to the environment, sustainable economic development, and the health, safety, and high quality of life enjoyed by residents of this state"; and
WHEREAS, the GMA requires that local governments meeting certain criteria, including the City of University Place, adopt Comprehensive Plans to guide development subject to state regulations, multi-county and countywide planning policies; and
WHEREAS, the Puget Sound Regional Council authored a regional planning document entitled VISION 2040, which contains a regional growth strategy and multi-county planning policies for the central Puget Sound area, including Pierce County; and
WHEREAS, the Pierce County Regional Council, which includes the City of University Place, has approved the Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies to further coordinate local planning; and;
WHEREAS, the City Council established and appointed the Planning Commission to advise the City Council on the following topics: growth management; general land use and transportation planning; long range capital improvement plans; and other matters as directed by the City Council; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission is charged with holding hearings on and developing a Comprehensive Plan for the City and making recommendations to the City Council on amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, the zoning code and map, and other development regulations of the City; and
WHEREAS, the City is required to periodically review and update its comprehensive plan, as needed, to ensure consistency with the Growth Management Act, VISION 2040, and the Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies; and
WHEREAS, on February 28, 2014 the City Council adopted Resolution 746 establishing a public participation program for the Comprehensive Plan update in accordance with RCW 36.70A.035 and 140 that included public notification, Planning Commission and City Council study sessions and public hearings, and other public outreach components; and
WHEREAS, the University Place Planning Commission and City staff initiated the review and update process in 2014 by considering amendments to the GMA that have occurred since 2003, reviewing the multicounty and countywide planning policies, broadly-disseminating a public participation plan, and holding numerous public meetings to formulate a set of draft Comprehensive Plan amendments dated June 30, 2015; and
WHEREAS, the City submitted a Notice of Intent to Adopt to the Washington State Department of Commerce on June 29, 2015, which was issued to state agencies for a 60-day comment period ending August 28, 2015 as required pursuant to RCW 36A.70 RCW; and
WHEREAS, the City issued a SEPA Determination of Non-significance/ Incorporation by Reference of Environmental Documents/Adoption of Existing Document/Addendum to Existing Environmental Document pertaining to Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments on June 30, 2015 with a 14-day comment period, and no adverse comments were received; and
WHEREAS, the City published a public hearing notice in the Tacoma News Tribune on June 20, 2015 regarding a July 1, 2015 Planning Commission public hearing to be held on the Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments; and
WHEREAS, the City mailed a public notice to individuals previously expressing interest in and having commented on the City’s 6-Year Transportation Improvement Plan and/or the Town Center Planned Action Ordinance, informing them of the availability of review documents and a July 1, 2015 public hearing; and
WHEREAS, the City submitted notice of two proposed Centers of Local Importance contained within the Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments, to the Pierce County Regional Council on July 15, 2015; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on July 1, 2015 to consider written and oral public comments on the Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments and continued its deliberations on the draft amendments to its July 23 and August 5, 2015 meetings; and
WHEREAS, on August 5, 2015 the Planning Commission considered the approval criteria listed in UPMC 16.10.090 and voted unanimously to recommend to the City Council approval of the June 30, 2015 Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments with minor revisions; and
WHEREAS, the City Council considered the recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments at public meeting study sessions on August 17, September 21, and October 19, 2015 and directed staff to incorporate revisions to the draft amendments prior to public hearing; and
WHEREAS, the City has submitted the Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments and supporting documentation to the Puget Sound Regional Council for plan certification review and comment; and
WHEREAS, the City Council conducted a public hearing on the revised Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments on November 2, 2015 and considered public comment and further revisions recommended by staff in response to agency comments received; and
WHEREAS, the City Council has considered the approval criteria listed in UPMC 16.10.090 and adopted the following findings in support of the Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments:
1. The proposed amendments will update the goals, policies and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan to more carefully manage change in the community in a manner consistent with community aspirations and state, regional and county policy directives;
2. The proposed amendments will support an increase in the capacity of the City and its service providers to provide adequate services to the community consistent with the need to accommodate increasing population, housing and employment associated with development of the City’s Regional Growth Center and other growth;
3. The proposed Comprehensive Plan map amendments are largely land use designation name changes and will not redirect the type or intensity of development in significant ways that will prove to be incompatible with surrounding properties;
4. The proposed amendments reflect, and respond to, changes that have occurred in University Place and the surrounding area since adoption of the 2004 Comprehensive Plan in a manner that is compatible with, and will not be inconsistent with, plans for adjacent jurisdictions. More specifically, the proposed amendments are intended to ensure that community character, land use, housing, transportation, environmental management, utilities, capital facilities, and park, recreation and open space elements and plans reflect these and other changing conditions in the community;
5. The proposed amendments respond to Periodic Update requirements and will ensure consistency between the Comprehensive Plan and the Growth Management Act Chapter 36.70A RCW, the Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2040 Growth Strategy, and the Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies; and
6. The proposed amendments address future projections, are consistent with University Place citizens’ vision for the future, and will advance the public interest; and
WHEREAS, the City Council will take separate action to approve amendments to the City’s development regulations pursuant to Ordinance No. 662, thereby completing the periodic review and revision required by RCW 36.70A.130;
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. University Place Comprehensive Plan Introduction Chapter and Community Character, Land Use, Housing, Environmental Management, Transportation, Capital Facilities, Utilities, and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Element Amendments Adopted. The City of University Place Comprehensive Plan text, adopted by reference pursuant to UPMC Section 16.05.010, is hereby amended as indicated in Exhibit “A” attached.
Section 2. University Place Comprehensive Plan Map Amendments Adopted. The University Place Comprehensive Plan Map, adopted pursuant to UPMC Section 16.05.020, is hereby amended as shown on Exhibit “B” attached.
Section 3. Severability. If any section, sentence, clause or phrase of this Title shall be held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of any other section, sentence, clause or phrase of this Title.
Section 4. Publication and Effective Date. A summary of this ordinance, consisting of its title, shall be published in the official newspaper of the City. This ordinance shall be effective five (5) days after its publication.
PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 16, 2015.
Denise McCluskey, Mayor
Emelita Genetia, City Clerk
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Steve Victor, City Attorney
Publication Date: 11/18/15
Effective Date: 11/23/15