The City of Ellensburg, in Section 15.270 of the City Code, adopted the regulations of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), SEPA RCW 43.21C.120
and the SEPA rules SEPA WAC 197-11-904
. Per Section 15.270.030, when there is conflict between the two, any resolution shall be in favor of the provision that is most protective of the environment and meets the minimum standards of SEPA WAC Chapter 197-11 WAC
Applicants for land use and development proposals are subject to SEPA review, unless the projects are classified as a “Type I” Permit Review Process Type, per Ellensburg City Code (ECC) Section 15.210.030
. A complete environmental checklist and a completed Critical Area Form shall be filed at the same time as an application for a development proposal.
SEPA Environmental Checklist
PA-02 Critical Area Review Application Form
An environmental checklist is NOT needed if the responsible official determines that one of the following applies:
- An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required
- SEPA compliance has been completed
- SEPA compliance has been initiated by another agency
Per ECC Section 270.120.C, if the City is the lead agency on a SEPA Review, information provided in the environmental checklist, critical area information form or critical area report and/or landmark certificate of approval application shall assist the responsible official in making a threshold determination.
The Time Guidelines are outlined in Bulletin PB-24 State Environmental Policy Act.
Per ECC Section 15.270.060, the responsible official will make a threshold determination within 90 days, subject to the limitations of that section.
The applicant shall pay all costs related to environmental review in accordance with the chapter, including compliance with public notice requirements, per ECC Section 15.270.060.D.