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(1) The Director shall provide a notice of application to the public and the departments and agencies with jurisdiction as provided in this section. If the responsible official has made a determination of significance under Chapter 43.21C RCW concurrently with the notice of application, the notice of application shall be combined with the determination of significance and scoping notice. Nothing in this section prevents a determination of significance and scoping notice from being used prior to the notice of application.

(2) The notice of application shall be provided within 14 days after the determination of completeness as provided in PMC 4.02.060 and include the following in whatever sequence deemed appropriate:

(a) The date of application, the date of the notice of completion for the application, and the date of the notice of application;

(b) A description of the proposed project action and a list of the project permits included in the application and, if applicable, a list of any studies requested under PMC 4.02.060 or 4.02.070;

(c) The identification of other permits not included in the application to the extent known;

(d) The identification of existing environmental documents that evaluate the proposed project, and, if not otherwise stated on the document providing the notice of application, such as a City land use bulletin, the location where the application and studies can be reviewed;

(e) A statement of the public comment period, which shall not be less than 14 nor more than 30 days following the date of notice of application, and statements of the right of any person to comment on the application, receive notice of and participate in any hearings, request a copy of the decision once made, and any appeal rights. The Director may accept comments at any time prior to the closing of the record of an open record predecision hearing, if any, or, if no open record predecision hearing is provided, prior to the decision on the project permit;

(f) The date, time, place, and type of hearing, if applicable and scheduled at the date of notice of the application;

(g) A statement of the preliminary determination, if one has been made at the time of notice, of those development regulations that will be used for project mitigation and of consistency as provided in PMC 4.02.050; and

(h) Any other appropriate information.

(3) If an open record predecision hearing is required for the requested project permits, the notice of application shall be provided at least 15 days prior to the open record hearing.

(4) The Director shall use reasonable methods to give the notice of application to the public and agencies with jurisdiction and may use its existing notice procedures. The Director may use different types of notice for different categories of project permits or types of project actions. If not otherwise specified, the Director shall use the methods provided for in (a) and (b) of this subsection. Examples of reasonable methods to inform the public are;

(a) Posting the property for site-specific proposals;

(b) Publishing notice, including at least the project location, description, type of permit(s) required, comment period dates, and location where the complete application may be reviewed, in the newspaper of general circulation in the general area where the proposal is located or in a local land use newsletter published by the local government;

(c) Notifying public or private groups with known interest in a certain proposal or in the type of proposal being considered;

(d) Notifying the news media;

(e) Placing notices in appropriate regional or neighborhood newspapers or trade journals;

(f) Publishing notice in agency newsletters or sending notice to agency mailing lists, either general lists or lists for specific proposals or subject areas; and

(g) Mailing to neighboring property owners.

(5) A notice of application shall not be required for project permits that are categorically exempt under Chapter 43.21C RCW;

(6) The Director shall integrate the permit procedures in this title with the environmental predecision hearing as required.

(a) Except for a determination of significance, the Director may not issue a threshold determination, or issue a decision or a recommendation on a project permit until the expiration of the public comment period on the notice of application.

(b) If an open record predecision hearing is required and the threshold determination requires public notice under Chapter 43.21C RCW, the Director shall issue its threshold determination at least 15 days prior to the open record predecision hearing.

(c) Comments shall be as specific as possible.

(7) The Director may combine any hearing on a project permit with any hearing that may be held by another local, state, regional, federal, or other agency; provided, that the hearing is held within the geographic boundary of the City. Hearings shall be combined if requested by an applicant, as long as the joint hearing can be held within the time periods specified in PMC 4.02.070 or the applicant agrees to the schedule in the event that additional time is needed in order to combine the hearings.

(8) The Director shall cooperate to the fullest extent possible with other agencies in holding a joint hearing if requested to do so, as long as:

(a) The agency is not expressly prohibited by statute from doing so;

(b) Sufficient notice of the hearing is given to meet each of the agencies’ adopted notice requirements as set forth in statute, ordinance, or rule; and

(c) The agency has received the necessary information about the proposed project from the applicant to hold its hearing at the same time as the City’s hearing.

(9) An administrative appeal of the project decision, combined with any environmental determinations, shall be filed within 14 days after the notice of the decision or after other notice that the decision has been made and is appealable. The appeal period shall be extended for an additional seven days, if state or local rules adopted pursuant to Chapter 43.21C RCW allow public comment on a determination of nonsignificance issued as part of the appealable project permit decision.

(10) The applicant for a project permit is deemed to be a participant in any comment period, open record hearing, or closed record appeal. [Ord. 3151 § 1, 1996; Code 1970 § 4.02.090.]