ORDINANCE NO. 699
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, UPDATING CHAPTER 19.75 UPMC RELATING TO SIGN CODES
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 development regulations to guide development subject to state regulations, multi-county and countywide planning policies, and comprehensive plan goals and policies; 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 preparing development regulations for the City and making recommendations to the City Council on amendments to these regulations; and
WHEREAS, on February 3, 2014 the City Council adopted Resolution 743 requesting that the Planning Commission review nine specific provisions in the Sign Code including the purpose, applicability, real-estate and residential open house signs, off-premise signs for abutting properties, window signs, neon signs in the Town Center Overlay Zone, banners, changing message signs, and billboards; and
WHEREAS, in 2015 the Planning Commission held 10 public meeting to discuss amendments to the sign code in accordance with the City Council’s direction provided in Resolution 743; and
WHEREAS, the City published a Notice of Public Hearing in the Tacoma News Tribune on July 30, 2016 regarding an August 3, 2016 Planning Commission public hearing to be held on the draft code amendments; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on August 3, 2016 to consider written and oral public comments on the draft amendments, and voted to recommend to the City Council approval of the draft amendments; and
WHEREAS on December 1, 2017 the City submitted a set of draft amendments to the Department of Commerce to initiate an expedited 14 day state agency review period and received no comments; and
WHEREAS, the City issued a SEPA Determination of Non-significance on December 1, 2017 with a 14-day comment period ending on December 14, with no comments received; and
WHEREAS, the City Council conducted a public review of the recommended amendments at meetings held on September 5, 2016, May 1, 2017, June 5, 2017 and November 20, 2017; and
WHEREAS, the City Council finds the proposed amendments are in the best interest of the citizens and property owners of the City as the amended regulations will meet the purposes of the sign code and in a manner consistent with the community Vision; and
WHEREAS, the City Council finds the proposed amendments enhance the public health, safety, comfort, convenience or general welfare by regulating signs that will more effectively implement Comprehensive Plan objectives and directives supported by the community; and
WHEREAS, during the pendency of this process, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in Reed v. Town of Gilbert (Az), 567 U.S. __ 2015 and the City of University Place desires to incorporate the holding of that case into these sign code revisions;
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. University Place Municipal Code Chapter 19.75 Sign Code Repealed and Replaced. The City of University Place Municipal Code Chapter 19.75 Sign Code is replaced with Exhibit “A” attached.
Section 2. Corrections by City Clerk or Code Reviser. Upon approval of the city attorney, the city clerk or the code reviser are authorized to make necessary corrections to this ordinance, including the correction of clerical errors; references to other local, state, or federal laws, codes, rules, or regulations; or ordinance numbering and section/subsection numbering.
Section 3. Severability. If any portion of this Ordinance or its application to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the Ordinance or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.
Section 4. Effective Date. Ordinance shall be in full force and effect five (5) days after publication of the Ordinance Summary.
PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON JANUARY 2, 2018.
Kent Keel, Mayor
Emelita Genetia, City Clerk
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Matthew S. Kaser, City Attorney
Date of Publication: 01/04/18
Effective Date: 01/09/18